Arturo Buenahora Jr.
GM, Creative, Olé
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Arturo Buenahora Jr., 39, knows a good thing when he hears it. He signed a young Pennsylvania newcomer named Taylor Swift to her first publishing deal; was responsible for putting Dierks Bentley and Brett Beavers together, as well as Jay Joyce and Eric Church; and played a huge role in the development of Miranda Lambert as one of the format's biggest stars. He also served as executive producer of Church's most recent album, Chief, which premiered atop the Billboard 200, and netted the artist a Grammy nomination.
Of being named to the 40 Under 40 list, he says, "I'm very humbled." As GM of olé in Nashville, he has placed more than 100 songs that have become major hits. "I've caught some great breaks in my life, and I've been around some very talented people," he says. "I get to work with some of the most talented people in the world, and I fight hard on their behalf to ensure they get the opportunities that they need to get to the places where they want to go."