From Las Vegas, NV, Johnny moved to Nashville TN in 2011 to attend Belmont University. While at Belmont, he interned with McGhee Entertainment and William Morris Endeavor (WME), also serving on Belmont's Showcase Series Leadership Council. After graduation, Johnny took a job at WME, where he worked directly with Lecrae, Hillsong United (and other Hillsong properties), MercyMe, Granger Smith, Kane Brown, Ryan Hurd, Dylan Schneider, and many other artists.
After leaving WME in 2017, he started his own artist management consulting service, with a primary focus in helping artists navigate the current live entertainment/touring landscape and utilize new digital resources and tools.
Nathan Pyle has been with the Recording Academy since 2014 working for the South Region - Membership & Industry Relations (Atlanta, Florida, Memphis and Nashville). Prior to working for the Recording Academy, he worked as a freelancer for clients such as CMT and American Idol and managed his own entertainment event management company, Blue Monster Entertainment.
Erin Pettit moved to Nashville in 2010 after growing up in Miami, Florida to attend MTSU where she graduated in 2013 earning Cum Laude honors and a BS in Mass Communication focused in Music Business. While on MTSU’s campus, she served in many leadership roles over a variety of organizations including Alpha Omicron Pi, Lambda Sigma National Honor Society, and GrammyU.
Upon graduation, Pettit accepted a position at Flood, Bumstead, McCready, & McCarthy (FBMM), an entertainment financial management firm that handles day-to-day for Artist’s businesses and personal lives. She is now an Account Manager under Owner Jamie Cheek, where manages a roster of clients with the help of her team. She is also the co-founder and advisor of the FBMM Spirit Committee and sole founder of the FBMM Think Tank.
Pettit continues to immerse herself in the music business community and is a member of the CMHOF’s Troubadour Society and an alumna of the WMBA. Since 2016, Pettit has been extremely involved with SOLID. First serving on the social committee, then serving on the 2018 board as Music Market Chair where she led the charge to raising a record-breaking $74,000 at their annual fundraiser held during CMA Fest.
Collin Trudan joined TKO Artist Management in 2014 after graduating from Belmont University. He specializes in tour marketing, streaming promotions, and publishing, while also working on the Day-to-Day management teams for Ashley Campbell, Krystal Keith, Mac McAnally and Toby Keith.
Originally from Houston, Collin moved to Nashville in 2010 to pursue a career in music. At 19, he joined Carnival Cruise Line as a house band drummer, performing over 150 shows in 3 months. Collin is passionate about the intersection of music and technology, and determined to make a difference in the future of the music industry.
Education Chair: Luke Pierce (WORKS Entertainment)
Education Co-Chair: Kristin Grapentin (Neste Event Marketing)
Communications Chair: Avery King.(Nashville Music Media)
Communications Co-Chair: Emily Grabowski (Vector)
Communications Co-Chair: Jordan Lipsey (Quinton Digital)
Social Chair: Ashley Villone (BMG Rights Management)
Social Co-Chair: Brittany Uhniat (Resin8 Licensing & Artist Management)
Community Outreach Chair: Victoria Chaitoff (Warner Music Nashville)
Community Outreach Co-Chair: Ashley White (Rebel Engine)
University Outreach Chair: Ammie Sortor (APA)
University Outreach Co-Chair: Zachary Opheim (Compass Real Estate)
Music Market Chair: Ellen Larson (APA)
Music Market Co-Chair: Amy Kadish (Wiatr)
Alumni Board President: Amanda Quinton (Quinton Digital)