Borman Entertainment VP Joni Foraker died March 9 after a long battle with cancer. She was 48.

Foraker, who headed the Nashville office of the Los Angeles-based management
firm, is survived by her husband Brian and son Jackson.

Her 30-year career began with DiCesare-Engler Productions, a Pittsburgh-based concert promoter and venue owner. In 1982 she joined the international booking agency ICM in New York as an assistant agent. Two years later, she accepted a position with the management firm the Mark Spector Company to work with multi-platinum artists 38 Special, Patty Smyth and Joan Baez, concentrating on touring, promotion and publicity.

After marrying recording engineer/producer Brian Foraker in 1987, she relocated to Los Angeles and continued to oversee all aspects of touring for
Mark Spector's clients.

In 1992, she joined Borman Entertainment as director of tour operations and
marketing. She was elevated to VP in 1994 and co-founded the company's Nashville office two years later. She helped direct the careers of Trace Adkins, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Faith Hill, Lonestar, Keith Urban, Jimmy Wayne and Dwight Yoakam.

She also played a key role in the creation and execution of numerous charity events and concerts. She served on the St. Jude Country Cares Advisory Board, was a Leadership Music alumnus and was very active in arranging artist performances for Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center's Music In The Clinic program.

"Joni Foraker: A Celebration of Life" will take place Thursday, March 15 at the Cannery Row Ballroom in Nashville.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Jackson Foraker Fund (c/o
Flood, Bumstead, McCready & McCarthy, P.O. Box 331549, Nashville, TN 37203)
or to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in her name (c/o 1305 16th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37212).