Board of Directors
Courtney Ross is the Vice President of Economic Development for the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce where she oversees all economic development activities in the 10-county Nashville region.
Prior to joining the Chamber, Ross served as an associate for Applied Marketing Sciences and previously held a position with the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce as director of corporate recruitment.
Prior to living in Austin, Ms. Ross served as the Assistant Director at the Memphis Bioworks Foundation. Her responsibilities included recruiting biotech companies to the city’s first biotech research park.
Ms. Ross began her Economic Development career with the State of Tennessee as the Deputy Director for the Film and Music Commission, recruiting in the film and music industry to the state.
Ms. Ross is a native of Memphis, TN and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Arkansas. Courtney and her husband Jason and their two children, Jake and Ellie, reside in Nashville.
As a music supervisor Anastasia Brown has worked on projects with Oscar, Grammy, Emmy, Dove wins and nominations. Her credits include: The Americans, Footloose, August Rush, It’s Complicated, For the Love of Music, the Story of Nashville, Taken, The Darkest Hour, and the bio-pic, Billy. With many television appearances, she is an author and columnist for Nashville Lifestyles.
Natasha Corrieri is a bank officer and client relationship specialist for ServisFirst Bank, where she strengthens and establishes new relationships within the community. She has opened a new loan production office, achieved top three in sales ranking, was a top producing assistant manager and led a team to earn the highest evaluation for risk audit. She has continuously exceeded goals and been recognized for continued customer service excellence.
An account executive at Flood, Bumstead, McCready & McCarthy, one of the world’s leading music management companies since 2005, Taryn has worked with Frank Bumstead’s team since 2007, helping businesses and individuals accomplish their financial goals.
Taryn has been a member of the Junior League of Nashville for the past four years. She is a Cum Laude graduate of the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. Taryn is enthusiastic about bringing diverse cultural experiences to Nashville.
Scott Borchetta is the Founder, President and CEO of Big Machine Label Group, the #1 independent record label in the world home to superstars such as Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw and Steven Tyler.
For the past two years Borchetta guided contestants on FOX’s American Idol throughout the competition and signed winners Nick Fradiani and Trent Harmon along with Season 15 runner-up LaPorsha Renae to record deals.
With Borchetta at the helm, Big Machine Label Group has celebrated monumental success since the company’s inception 10 years ago. With the message “Music Has Value” embroidered on the sleeve of his suit jacket, Scott has led the charge on more than 40 million albums sold by Big Machine artists under his watch – including 165 No. 1 country and pop singles.
Borchetta has been honored for his groundbreaking business savvy with inclusion on Billboard’s Power 100 list and Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business in addition to being honored in Nashville at the Music Biz 2015 luncheon where he was awarded the Presidential Award for Outstanding Executive Achievement. Borchetta joined the ranks of past honorees who have been recognized for their outstanding vision, leadership, and commitment, including Dick Clark and Clive Davis.
Using a combination of promotional savvy and an unusual willingness to interact with fans in person and through social media, Borchetta has helped a diverse group of artists achieve important moments in their careers. Under Borchetta’s leadership, BMLG artists have won Grammy Awards, American Music Awards, Country Music Association Awards, Academy of Country Music Awards and more. Borchetta now freely crosses boundaries record labels used to consider inviolate. In fact, don’t think of Big Machine as a “record label.” Borchetta prefers “entertainment and content company,” and has pushed the label group beyond music toward complete cultural saturation.
Borchetta served as Executive Producer on the critically acclaimed documentary GLEN CAMPBELL…I’LL BE ME which earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song. Additionally, the soundtrack for the documentary won four GRAMMY Awards including Best Soundtrack.
Carey Nelson Burch serves as President of Hideout Pictures. Most recently, she was an Executive Producer at TackleBox Films while running My Own Shingle, where Hideout was a consulting client. Previously, Nelson Burch was a packaging agent at William Morris Endeavor for 12 1/2 years and had the distinction of being the only TV/Film agent in town, servicing Feature and TV producers, the country artist roster, as well as numerous projects. Prior to joining William Morris Endeavor, Nelson Burch was an Executive at NBC in Los Angeles. She serves on the boards for Leadership Music and FilmCom.
Shannon Casey is an agent in the music department of Creative Artists Agency (CAA), based in Nashville, TN. CAA’s music department has earned the ‘Agency of the Year’ award by Pollstar for the past eleven years. CAA represents the most creative artists working in music, film, television, theater, sports, games and provides a range of strategic marketing services to corporate clients worldwide.
Since joining the agency in 1993, Casey has been instrumental in directing the agency’s activities in Fair and Festival booking while specializing in all major client activity in the Northwest and Southwest territories. Casey provides strategic insight for all clients in the Music Department including Country, Rock, Comedy, and Contemporary Christian. She has been directly involved with CAA clients Tim McGraw, Barbara Mandrell, Kristian Bush, Holly Williams, Martina McBride, LeAnn Rimes, and STYX.
Casey is a graduate of Belmont University. On behalf of the CAA Foundation, she coordinates the Nashville office’s long standing commitment to Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) and The PENCIL Foundation. She is also an active volunteer and concert committee member at Thistle Farms and Thistle Stop Cafe. Casey is a member of Country Music Hall of Fame, NARAS, the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association.
Steven Gaydos is Vice President and Executive Editor at Variety, where he is responsible for more than 250 reports a year in both Daily and Weekly Variety, producing territorial surveys, film and TV market reports, genre studies as well as business-oriented personality and corporate profiles. An editor with the magazine since 1994, Gaydos created and directs the “10 to Watch” program, the “Variety Critics Choice: Europe Now” official sidebar at Karlovy Vary Film Festival, and many of the best known editorial feature franchises including “Variety Impact Reports,” “Hollywood’s New Leaders,” “Variety Creative Conscience Award” and many others. Prior to joining Variety, he worked in Hollywood and Europe as a screenwriter.
A native of Bogotá, Colombia, Marcela graduated from high school in Charlotte, N.C., and earned the bachelor’s degree in advertising from Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano in Bogotá. Following graduation, Marcela was advertising coordinator with Editorial Unilit in Miami. She moved to Nashville in 1994 and worked as marketing and sales director of the Latin American market for Swanson Christian Supplies. She then joined Thomas Nelson Publisher’s Editorial Caribe Spanish Language Division as marketing director. Marcela started her own bilingual and bicultural marketing and communications agency in 2002.
Marcela is also the host of the only Spanish-language television show in a major network in Nashville, “Panorama”, a 30-minute monthly show that highlights the city of Nashville, Latino business leaders, and entrepreneurs members of the Latino communities in Middle Tennessee. Marcela was named to the Nashville Business Journal’s 30 Women of Influence list in 2007.
She is currently president and board chair of the Tennessee Latin American Chamber of Commerce. Marcela is a former board chair and inaugural board member of Conexión Americas, has served on the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce board of governors as well as the Metropolitan Nashville Human Relations Commission, Nashville Municipal Auditorium Commission and the boards of YWCA, Oasis Center and Center for Nonprofit Management boards. She enjoys films, theater, ballet, opera and symphony. Marcela also loves to dance, travel and try new restaurants. She has a 26-year-old son, Esteban Pedraza, who is a film director in New York City.
Bonnie Horton Willoughby is Sr. Integrations Producer at the Emmy Award Winning “Ellen DeGeneres Show” where she has worked for the last 6 years. Willoughby has 10+ years experience in brand partnerships, television production, talent booking, special events, and public relations.
Bonnie started her career on CBS’s “Entertainment Tonight” and “The Insider”. She broke into the film industry at Warner Bros. through their Theatrical Marketing division.
During her time at Ellen, Bonnie secured talent bookings for TV, Film, and Sports. Some of her most notable TV and Film bookings include the cast of NBC’s “The Voice”, Diane Keaton, Jessica Alba, Neil Patrick Harris, Tom Hanks, the cast of Disney’s “The Avengers” including Robert Downey Jr. and Scarlett Johansson.
Bonnie is now using her experience to generate revenue for “The Ellen Show” through branded entertainment, producing both brand sponsorships and integrations. Some of Bonnie’s most recognizable clients include Mercedes Benz, Visa Checkout, Dreamworks Animation, Wells Fargo, CoverGirl, Dunkin’ Donuts, Ford Motor Company, and Nordstrom.
Bonnie is a graduate of Mississippi State University with a BA degree in Communication with an emphasis in Broadcasting.
Ken Levitan is the founder and co-president of Vector Management. Along with partner Jack Rovner, Levitan has played a role in the successful careers of artists such as Emmylou Harris, Kenny Rogers, Trisha Yearwood, Bon Jovi and many more. Vector Recordings, a division of the management company, has released acclaimed records for many artists and launched Vector Eats, a culinary division. He is a co-producer of the annual Music City Food & Wine Festival and is an active member of multiple boards in both New York and Nashville. He has received two Grammy® Awards.
Tyler is a past president of the board and one of the principal attorneys at Graffam Middleton, a Nashville law association specializing in the music and entertainment industry. Tyler represents both artists and industry clients, creative matters concerning contract, intellectual property, and corporate law.
Overall, Tyler is an active participant and passionate advocate for the local music, film and art scene.
In addition to serving as President of the board for NaFF for two consecutive years, Tyler is the Chairperson of Arts Immersion, the fundraiser associated with the Lawyers & Professionals for the Arts, a member of the Young Lawyers Division of the Nashville Bar Association, a volunteer member of Volunteer Lawyers & Professionals for the Arts, and a member of Women Rock for the Cure.
Originally from Atlanta, she earned her BS from Wake Forest University in 2000 and her law degree from Georgia State University College of Law in 2004. She practiced entertainment law in Atlanta, Georgia before moving to Nashville in November 2006, and she is currently an active member of both the Georgia and Tennessee bar associations.
Stephanie Mundy Self is a partner in the entertainment business management firm, Farris, Self & Moore, LLC. Her clients include high profile recording artists and actors, international touring corporations, and newly discovered talent. She is a specialist in risk management research and analysis, tour and merchandise settlement audits for domestic and foreign concerts, and payroll and HR management for companies with 125 or more employees.
Stephanie is a graduate of the University of Georgia where she was the commencement National Anthem soloist. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Risk Management and Insurance and a Bachelor of Music in Music Performance.
Brandyn Payne, is Vice President of Global Talent, Sitel Worldwide Corporation. Previously she was Director of Talent Management at Vanguard Health Systems. With expertise in building nationally-recognized employee cultures, she specializes in the development of executive visibility, events, company intranet, and social media strategy as well as voice and cadence for internal communications. Formerly, she was Director of Colleague Development, Communications and Culture at Healthways, Inc.
Ms. Payne earned her degrees at Vanderbilt University, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale and Harding University.
In December of 2011 Governor Bill Haslam named Bob Raines executive director of the Tennessee Film, Entertainment and Music Commission. Since he joined the TFEMC in 2002, he has successfully negotiated Tennessee-based film, television and music projects and has represented the state across the country and around the world.
In addition to his work with the Nashville Film Festival, he works with other state wide organizations which include Film Nashville- FILMCOM, Nashville Screenwriters Conference, International Black Film Festival, City of Chattanooga Department of Education, Arts & Culture and the Southern Appalachian International Film Festival.
Raines holds a degree in Business Administration from East Tennessee State University and is accredited with the International Association for Management Education. Raines is an avid sailor and traveler.
Jim is Founder and President of Whizbang, Inc., a company that licenses music for use in films, television shows, advertising, and games. He has been an executive at Sony Music Publishing and Arista Records as well as a musician, songwriter and producer.
Scherer has been involved with music elements of the Sundance and Tribeca Film Festivals and brings an understanding of the importance of preserving the communal experience. He is a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, was in the 1996 class of Leadership Music, and is a popular moderator and panelist for music and film events.
John has been an actor for over fifty years! He is best known for Sgt. Enright from MACMILLIAN AND WIFE, with Rock Hudson. Broadway knows him as Daddy Warbucks in ANNIE and Buffalo Bill in ANNIE GET YOUR GUN with Reba McEntire. He appeared with Reba again in the Carnegie Hall production of South Pacific. Most recently John starred as Captain Boyle in JUNO at City Center Encores. In London he costarred with Charlton Heston in THE CAINE MUTINY. Movies range from Painless in M*A*S*H to Woody Allen’s THE CURSE OF THE JADE SCORPION. Recent TV appearances include ZEKE&LUTHER, LAW & ORDER SVU, NYPD BLUE and LAW & ORDER.
John is married to the well known artist Harrison Houle. They live in Franklin, TN and are enjoying their new lives in this very special town!
Dawn Solér is Senior Vice President, TV Music, at ABC Studios where she is responsible for all music at ABC Studios and oversees the music content for shows such as “Nashville,” “Blackish’” “Once Upon a Time,” “Scandal” and “Quantico.” She worked closely with composer Alan Menken and executive producer Dan Fogelman as the music supervisor on the musical series, “Galavant.” She is founder of the ABC Music Lounge and has produced the on-air music specials, “Nashville: On The Record I, II and III.”
Before ABC, Ms. Solér had her own company, Working Music, where she created several hit soundtracks for New Line Cinema, including “Now And Then,” “Dumb and Dumber” and “Don Juan De Marco,” which garnered both Academy Award and Grammy Award nominations.
Other projects she completed include “Being John Malkovich,” “Princess Diaries I & II,” “Sweet Home Alabama”, “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” and Disney’s “Enchanted,” which garnered three Academy Award and one Grammy nominations, before making her leap from features to television.
In 2015, Ms. Solér was on Billboard’s list of TV’s Top Music Power Players as well as on their Women in Music list (2015 & 2010). Also in 2015, she was honored in Variety’s Women in Power issue, and was on Imagen’s Most Powerful & Influential Latinos list. In 2014, ABC’s music department was named Best Music Department by the Music Supervisor’s Guild.
Ms. Solér writes a blog about empowerment on her The 40 Plus Girl site, is completing a book “The Be A Girl Principals” with her partner Anastasia Brown, and also does speaking engagements on the subject.
Ms. Solér lives in Thousand Oaks with her husband, Sterling of 19 years, their eleven-year-old daughter, Irene, three dogs and 23 chickens and thrives on gardening, cooking, entertaining.
Stacy Widelitz started composing professionally at nineteen, but came to prominence with the song “She’s Like the Wind,” co-written with Patrick Swayze and featured in Swayze’s blockbuster Dirty Dancing. Featured on the movie’s wildly successful soundtrack, it reached no. 3 on Billboard’s top-40 chart (no. 1 among adult-contemporary radio listeners). He has scored features, more than twenty made-for-TV movies, written the end-title song for Disney’s Pocahontas II, and was nominated for an Emmy for ABC’s World of Discovery. Stacy also wrote the title song and scored all the episodes of ABC’s acclaimed animated series Cro, and scored and composed much of the dance music for the film One Last Dance, which garnered him a Best Music Award at the 2004 Nashville Film Festival. He subsequently joined the board of directors of the festival, serving as board president from 2007 – 2009. Stacy served as president of the board of Grammy-nominated ALIAS Chamber Ensemble, and he is currently on the boards of Nashville Opera and Leadership Music. Stacy was recently elected to the City of Oak Hill Board of Commissioners, thus beginning his political career.
Spencer Wiggins is Vice President of Community and Customer Relations for Accelerated Learning Solutions, Inc., where he has worked since 2003. Wiggins has a broad background in media and technology, having held the position of Vice President of Human Resources for New York Times Regional Media Group and Director of Human Resources and Recruiting for Dell Computer Corporation.
He has been a commissioner of the Tennessee State University, and the Tennessee Human Rights Commission. In addition to many other community positions, he has been a member of the board of the Tennessee State University Foundation, 100 Black Men of Middle Tennessee, the Nashville Chapter of the American Red Cross, as well as the National Alliance of Black School Educators.
Julia Bonner is the president & founder of Pierce Public Relations (PPR) and a national entertainment publicist who works with celebrities and global brands to accomplish their business goals through strategic PR programs.
Prior to founding PPR, Julia was a publicist at Ferencomm, a New York City-based public relations agency that specializes in television program publicity and is known for its creation of successful multi-platform PR campaigns that support award-winning cable, broadcast and syndicated series. Most recently, she led the Nashville office of Adam Friedman Associates, a New York City-based public relations agency that specializes in corporate media relations, investor relations, branding, social media and crisis communications.
Julia holds a M.S. in Public Relations & Corporate Communication from New York University and a B.S. in Journalism from the University of Tennessee.