Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation Elects 2 New Board Members, 2009 Officers
March 10 2009
The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation (NaSHOF) has elected Dr. Bethel "Bo" Thomas, Vice President for University Advancement, Belmont University; and Kelli L. Gabriel, Sr. Vice President and Financial Advisor, Morgan Stanley in Nashville; to its 2009/2010 Board of Directors.
"We're delighted to welcome Bo and Kelli to our board," said Roger Murrah, Chairman of the NaSHOF Board, Bug Music Senior Vice President, Nashville, and a 2005 inductee into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. "Bo has been an integral part of our developing alliance with Belmont University, and both he and Kelli have the keen financial instincts to help guide us through the current economic conditions."
The NaSHOF Board also elected its 2009 officers. Murrah will serve a fourth term as Chair. Other officers are: Vice Chair - Wayland Holyfield,, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member; Vice Chair - John Van Mol, CEO of Dye, Van Mol & Lawrence; Secretary - Pete Fisher, Vice President/General Manager, Grand Ole Opry, Gaylord Entertainment; and Treasurer - Layng Martine, Jr., songwriter.
Also serving on the Board of Directors are: Mike Dye, Managing Partner, GroupXcel; Lisa Harless, Sr. VP, Private Client Services of Regions Bank; Becky Judd, Executive Assistant to Mike Curb, Curb Records; Jim McBride, songwriter; Troy Tomlinson, President and CEO of Sony/ATV Music Nashville; and Mike Vaden, Director, Decosimo/Vaden. Ex-officio members serving on the board are entertainment attorney David L. Maddox (Counsel), David L. Maddox & Associates, P.C., and author/entertainment journalist Robert K. Oermann (Historian). Jeff Skillen is the board's Director of Development, while NSAI's Mark Ford is Manager of Affairs.
The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit foundation that owns and operates the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. The NaSHOF's principal purposes are to educate, archive, celebrate and honor the legacy of songwriting that is uniquely associated with the Nashville music community.
Established in 1970, the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame boasts 171 members, including songwriting luminaries such as Max T. Barnes, Johnny Cash, Rodney Crowell, Bob Dylan, Don and Phil Everly, Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs, Vince Gill, Harlan Howard, Bob McDill, Roger Miller, Bill Monroe, Roy Orbison, Dolly Parton, Carl Perkins, Dottie Rambo, Jimmie Rodgers, Cindy Walker, Jimmy Webb, Hank Williams, Sr. and Hank Williams, Jr. Induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame is the highest honor that can be bestowed on a songwriter associated with the Nashville music community. In 2008 the Hall of Fame inducted Matraca Berg, John Hiatt and Tom Shapiro.