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Nashville native, Anita Williams Hogin graduated from Overton High School and Vanderbilt University and began her music business career with the legendary Shelby Singleton in the early ‘70s. She changed mavericks in mid-stream, joining future Country Music Hall of Famer “Cowboy” Jack Clements’ merry crew in 1972. There she met and worked with Allen Reynolds, Bob McDill, Wayland Holyfield, Dickey Lee, Chuck Neese and dozens of other like-minded poets and pickers. She rapidly rose from bookkeeper to become Jack Clements’ office manager, overseeing as many as fifty worker bees at the Cowboy’s College of Musical Knowledge. She was a key member of the team that launched the solo career of Hall of Famer Don Williams, then moved on to help Reynolds establish future Grammy winner Crystal Gayle. Anita was barely thirty when she co-founded Picalic Music with hit songwriter-producers Roger Cook and Ralph Murphy. She helped build Picalic into a leading publishing operation, aiding keyboard whiz Bobby Wood in establishing his writing career. Anita then joined Ted Hacker to found International Artist Management, soon gaining stardom for award-winning vocal group Diamond Rio and launching the career of Darryl Worley and Mark Wills. In 2008, along with Hugh Howser, she established H3 Events planning Governor Bill Haslam’s two inaugural soirees and the prestigious Swan Ball. She also helped Connie Bradley and Troy Tomlinson launch “Rock The Cradle” a charitable event for Saint Thomas Hospital in 2010. A 1996 Graduate of Leadership Music, Anita helped produce their Dale Franklin Award presentations. Through her marriage to the late award-winning songwriter Sam Hogin, she “produced” a daughter, Alicia and son, Andrew and now is a triple grandmother. Today Anita keeps her hand in the business with Roots Music Exporters and select high profile charitable events.