• Chairman

    Ed Warm, Joe's Live


    Lori Badgett, City National Bank

    Vice President

    Chuck Aly, Country Aircheck


    Carmen Romano, FBMM


    Paul Moore, PGM Connections, LLC.


    Gayle Holcomb, WME


    Tommy Moore, Academy of Country Music

  • Deana Ivey, Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp

    Chris Lisle, CLLD, LLC/The Touring Career Workshop

    Scott Scovill, The Steel Mill/Moo TV

    Sally Williams, Live Nation

    Brittany Schaffer, Spotify

  • Chuck Ainlay

    Jimmie Allen

    Reid Shippen

    Derek Wells

  • Lee Thomas Miller

  • Beville Dunkerley, Pandora

  • Enzo DeVincenzo, 377 Management

    Crystal Dishmon, Shopkepper Management

    Kerri Edwards, kpentertainment

  • Ebie McFarland, Essential Broadcast Media

  • Cyndi Forman, UMPG

    Rusty Gaston, Song ATV Music Publishing

  • Tim Roberts, Entercom

  • Ryan Dokke, PIA Music

    Ben Kline, Warner Music Nashville

    Cris Lacy, Warner Music Nashville

    Cindy Mabe, Universal Music Group Nashville

  • Becky Gardenhire, WME

    Steve Lassiter, APA

  • Ali Harnell, Live Nation

  • Roger Gearhart, Graham Brothers Entertainment

    Troy Vollhoffer, Premier Global Production

  • Tom Forrest, taillight

  • Randy Bernard, Bob Doyle & Associates

    Bobby Bones, iHeart Media

    Jackie Campbell, 615 Leverage + Strategy

    RAC Clark, Lion's Heart Entertainment

    Charlie Cook, Cumulus

    John Dennis, Dennis Entertainment

    Seth England, Big Loud

    Leslie Fram, CMT

    Jeremy Holley, FlyteVu

    Greg Hill, Hill Entertainment Group

    Will Hitchcock, Morris Higham Management

    Mason Hunter, BMI

    Andrew Kautz, BMLG

    Jeff Krones, CAA

    Beth Laird, Creative Nation

    Frank Liddell, Carnival Music

    Jon Loba, Broken Bow Music Group

    Shawn McSpadden, Red Light Management

    Daniel Miller, Fushion Music

    Curt Motley, UTA

    Brian O'Connell, Live Nation

    Lynn Oliver-Cline, River House Artists

    Tree Paine, Premium PR

    Chris Parr, MAVERICK

    Rod Phillips, iHeart Media

    Kelly Rich, Amazon Music

    Sally Seitz, Apple Music

    Jennie Smythe, Girlilla Marketing

    Clarence Spalding, MAVERICK

    Candice Watkins, Big Loud Records

    Brian Wright, Universal Music Group Nashville

    Trisha Yearwood

  • Paul Barnabee, FBMM

    Duane Clark, FBMM

    Darin Murphy, CAA

    Ken Robold, Sony Music Nashville

    Ken Tucker, Wheelhouse Records

    Ben Vaughn, Warner Chappell

  • Rod Essig, CAA

    Mark Hartley

    Butch Waugh, Studio2bee

Ed Warm



Ed Warm


Ed Warm is a partner in Joe's Bar, Joe's Live, and two Bub City locations in Chicago, as well as the Windy City Smokeout Festival. Ed also promotes shows at The Rave in Milwaukee and books private events around the midwest. At Joe's Bar, Ed has built the longest-running live country music venue that Chicago's ever had. His passion for country music is worn on his sleeve, and he is proud to be part of that community.

Ed just completed his term as Chairman of ACM Lifting Lives and is the Past Chairman of IEBA. He has won the ACM Award for Promoter of the Year 3 times, and his clubs have won the ACM Nightclub of the Year Award 5 times. Besides ACM Lifting Lives, he has served on the board of Receptions for Research and CreatiVets, among others.

Ed and his wife Lauren reside in Chicago, IL. He is a proud graduate of Indiana University.

Lori Badgett



Lori Badgett


Lori Badgett is senior vice president and team leader of Entertainment Banking at City National Bank in Nashville with over two decades of serving the music business. Badgett helped launch and co-manages City National’s Nashville office with Diane Pearson. Since 2011 the bank has quickly become the premier entertainment bank in Nashville serving more than 80 percent of the music industry. The office has grown from a handful of colleagues to over 25 people serving the most well-known names in the industry including top touring artists in Country, Pop, Rock and Christian genres. The bank is instrumental in financing some of the top business and creative names – including entrepreneurs, publishing companies, songwriters, producers, managers, law firms, performing rights organizations and agents. Badgett is currently president of the board of the Academy of Country Music and serves on the board of ACM Lifting Lives. She is on the advisory board of Music Health Alliance, The Women’s Fund of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee and Americana Music Association Foundation. She served as chairman of ACM Lifting Lives in 2016 and president of Leadership Music in 2012. Badgett has been recognized as Billboard Magazine’s Top Women in Music, Variety’s Top Entertainment Industry Dealmakers and Top Music City Impact Players. She lives in Brentwood, Tennessee with her husband and their two daughters.

Chuck Aly

Vice President


Chuck Aly

Vice President

Country Aircheck VP/GM Chuck Aly helped launch the radio and music industry trade publication from a Nashville coffee shop in August, 2006. Six days after leaving the now-defunct Radio & Records following its purchase by Billboard, the Country Aircheck team published their first Country Aircheck Weekly. Today, Country Aircheck publishes daily news emails, a quarterly print magazine and the weekly news, charts and analysis upon which industry readers have come to depend. The company even has office space.

Prior to Country Aircheck, Aly served three years at R&R and six at Music Row. A recovering publicist, he got his music business start with PR firms Shock Ink and Force, where he learned how to take no for an answer. He holds a Recording Industry degree from Middle Tennessee State University, which named him "Outstanding Senior" in 1994. He is a Leadership Music alumnus and serves on the boards of Country Radio Seminar and the Academy of Country Music.

Carmen Romano



Carmen Romano


Carmen Romano was born and raised in Northern New Jersey. He graduated Bloomfield College with a B.S. in Accounting in 1985. Upon graduation he immediately began his accounting career with a mid-size firm in New Jersey.

Romano quickly realized that he had an interest in the entertainment industry and subsequently began working as a staff accountant for the firm Padell Nadell Fine Weinberger and Co. in 1987. He was promoted to Business Manager in 1993. In 1996 Romano became owner and President of Progressive Business Management. On January 1, 2005 Romano opened the New York office for Flood Bumstead McCready & McCarthy Inc., already a prominent Business Management firm in Tennessee, and became a shareholder of the company in 2010.

Romano is a member of the ACM, CMA and NARAS. His clients include Brantley Gilbert, Cam, Diplo, MGMT, Michael Franti and others. He enjoys hobbies such as running, boating and scuba diving. Romano currently resides in Northern New Jersey with his wife Peggy and three children, Nicole, Gabriella and Michael.

Paul Moore



Paul Moore


Paul began his agency career in 1975 at Klein's Attractions in Chicago. While there, he booked talent for fairs and special events as well as learning the ins and outs of concert production.

In 1978 he joined the Nashville office of the William Morris Agency as a secretary. Promoted to talent agent in 1979, and later promoted to the executive level, he helped guide countless careers in Country, Gospel, Contemporary Christian and Pop music.

As part of the senior management team for William Morris and later WME, he was co-head of the office in Nashville for 23 years until passing the baton to the "next generation."

Paul concluded his tenure of 36 years with the Agency in July of 2014, deciding that it was time to move on to the next chapter in his professional life.

He remains active in show business with the formation of PGM Connections, LLC, offering consultation for all facets of the entertainment industry.

He currently teaches at Belmont University as an adjunct professor both in the Curb College of Music Business, and the College of Performance and Visual Arts.

In addition to serving as a member of the Board and an Officer for the Academy of Country Music, Paul is a senior member of the advisory Board for the College of Performance and Visual Arts at Belmont, and continues his association with several trade organizations.

His wife of 37 years, Beth, is a founding member of the ACM Lifting Lives Board of Directors and is currently employed by Vanderbilt Medical Center as Director of Community Relations. They are active in the community and their church, and are the exhausted but amused owners of two West Highland White Terriers.

Gayle Holcomb



Gayle Holcomb


By all accounts, Gayle Holcomb is a force to behold. Her boundless energy and unshakeable confidence have served her well in her rise as an agent at WME. Those attributes also have bolstered the Academy of Country Music during her many years as a board member and four years as ACM chairman. Holcomb was instrumental in moving the ACM Awards show to Las Vegas and helping craft the long-term partnership between the Academy and dick clark productions. Holcomb was also a driving force behind the creation of ACM Lifting Lives, where she has served as chairman of the board and also established the ACM Lifting Lives Diane Holcomb Emergency Relief Fund in memory of her mother. Holcomb has been the recipient of the ACM Crystal Milestone Award, the ACM Mae Boren Axton Service Award and the Gary Haber Lifting Lives Award for her service to the Academy and Lifting Lives.



Tommy Moore



Tommy Moore


Atlanta-born and Chicago-raised, Moore attended Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI, where he graduated with a degree in Broadcasting and Electronic Communications. His life-long love for country music dovetailed professionally with an early job in country radio at WMIL-FM in Milwaukee, where he worked as a morning show production assistant. Moore joined the Academy in 2011, where he most recently served as Senior Director, Governance & Board Administration, a position that was absorbed into his current expanded role. As Vice President, Artist & Industry Relations, Board Administration & Governance, he directs the overall Board communication of ACM. Moore also directs and manages ticketing for all ACM events. In his role, Moore spearheads artist communication and engagement within the Academy. He is a SOLID alumnus, class of 2014. He reports to Damon Whiteside, CEO of the Academy.