Backbeat: Leadership Music Welcomes Class of 2012 in Nashville
Backbeat: Leadership Music Welcomes Class of 2012 in Nashville

Alumni of Leadership Music, the Nashville-based group of music industry professionals, gathered Tuesday evening to welcome the Class of 2012. With open bars on either side of the hall and a spread of food in its center, the spacious room at the Noah Liff Opera Center in Nashville buzzed as industry professionals talked shop, caught up with old friends and met the incoming class.

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Dave Pomeroy, President, Nashville Musician's Association; Dez Dickerson, President, Pavilion Entertainment/Absolute Records; Neal Spielberg, President, Spielberg Consulting.

Not pictured is Cliff O'Sullivan, the new Sugar Hill Records GM and a recent transplant from Los Angeles, showing off a smartphone picture of his new morning commute: a two-lane country road with not a car in site. Bryan Calhoun, VP at SoundExchange and a member of the Class of 2012, made what will be his first of many trips from Washington, D.C. to attend the event. Also in attendance were Kent Marcus (music attorney), Ken Paulson (president and CEO, First Amendment Center), John Allen (Bug Music VP), Sally Williams (Ryman Auditorium GM), Brad Bissell (CAA) and Jenn Schott (songwriter).

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Jay Frank, Entrepreneur; Karen Oertley Executive Director Leadership Music; Al McCree, President/CEO, Altissimo Records & Distribution.

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Sheri Warnke, VP Marketing, CMA; Ron Cox, Sr. VP, Avenue Bank; Heather McBee, VP Digital, Sony BMG Nashville.

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David Schober, CEO, DASP Productions; Dee McLaughlin, Sr. VP, Brand Marketing & Creative, CMT; Andrew Mendelson, Owner/Chief Mastering Engineer, Georgetown Masters; Paul Brown, Owner, Red Hat 22/Dynamite Red Media.

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Tim McFadden, Promotion, R&J Records; Jonathan Yudkin, President, Java Kings Music; J. Fred Knobloch, J. Fred Knobloch Music Co.

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Tamara Saviano, President, Tamara Saviano Media; Barry Mazor, Journalist; Joan Kornblith, Correspondent and Host, Voice of America.

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Lori Badgett, VP City National Bank; Chip Petree, GM/VP Copyright Exchange; Carla Sacks, President, Sacks & Co.