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Studio Bank

Kari Barnhart



RCA Inspiration

tamar rand



Cape & Anchor

Kasey Cleckler


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Farris, Self & Moore LLC

Amanda mitchell


committee heads

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Brittni Talley

Social Co-Chair


Belmont University

Mary Lauren Teague

Membership Co-Chair


FBMM Entertainment Business Mgmt

erica rosa

Hall of Fame Awards Chair

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Hearts Bluff Music

Ashley Hertzog Embry

Program Co-Chair

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FBMM Entertainment Business Mgmt

beth tyson

Membership Co-Chair


Evolution PR – Nashville

Tiffany Bearden

Social & Communications Co-Chair


King Business and Financial Management

mallorY mason pascal

Program Co-Chair

Past President


Hitz & Branding

Tracie Hitz

Communications Co-Chair


kari barnhart, president

Kari Barnhart has been a part of the Nashville community since 2010, after having lived in Missouri, South Carolina, and Texas.  Her 15+ years in the financial field began with HSBC where she ran a 32MM branch and led her team to the top 15 out of 800 offices.  Prior to joining Studio Bank as a SVP/Entertainment Relationship Manager, Kari worked at Regions Bank as an Entertainment Relationship Manager/Wealth Advisor.  Kari served as Director and Relationship Specialist in Fifth Third Banks Music and Entertainment Division where she helped build the bank’s new music division.  She provides innovative and exclusive services to individuals in the Music Industry.  Kari is responsible for identifying opportunities and implementing processes to ensure efficiency and ease in partnerships with Business Managers, PRO’s, and Artist Teams.  She manages and maintains current Client portfolio and relationships while looking for growth opportunities. Kari collaborates with other Music Team members to create Strategic and Marketing Plans to create more Brand Awareness.   Her work and exemplary service was recognized with Fifth Third Bank President’s Council Service Award.  Kari earned her Bachelor of Art in Political Science from Union University.   She is actively involved in industry organizations SOURCE, Copyright Society of the South, the Troubadour Society, and has held leadership board positions with SOURCE, TN Youth Courts, Copyright Society of the South, SOLID and Troubadour Society.  Kari served as President of SOURCE in 2020 & 2021 and is the current Secretary of the Copyright Society of the South.   Kari was also honored as a 2019 40 Under 40 Award Recipient and a 2017 NELA Finalist. Kari has also served on the Arts Immersion Council, Muscular Dystrophy Association Fundraising Committee, MusiCares Ambassador, Grammy Next, Music Makes Us Marketing Committee, and Sunday School teacher. 

HOBBIES: I love to read, travel, DIY home projects, and try new things.

MUSIC GUILTY PLEASURE: All things Musicals and Michael Jackson

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST: Hard to choose but I do love Whitney Houston


It's not a quote but my life verses are Philippians 4:4-9


tamar rand, vice-president

From an early age Tamar Rand knew that she had a unique connection to music.  As a result of that early bond with music she would set out on a path that would lead to a dynamic career in the music industry spanning 20 years. She would experience a bevy of professional success and find herself becoming apart of groundbreaking history making occurrences. Rand has been a part of projects that have obtained multiple GRAMMY, Stellar, and Dove award nominations and wins. Rand was a part of the team that was responsible for the success of the longest running radio single of any format, “Never Would Have Made It”, by world renowned Gospel artist Marvin Sapp.  Rand has established herself as an industry power player by being a part of and at the helm of historical moments in musical history for Gospel’s top tier artists.  Rand’s leadership at RCA Inspiration’s (RCAI) Promotions division has led to garnering an impressive twenty #1 Billboard & Mediabase Gospel Airplay charting singles.  These are just a few of the key accomplishments that distinguish Tamar Rand as a noted music industry executive to esteem. Rand is currently the Vice President of Promotion & Strategy at RCA Inspiration, a division of Sony Music. As a wife and mother she balances many roles and serves as a source of inspiration for aspiring young women moguls.


The journey to her current standing as a record industry executive and business is full of destiny moments and unexpected turns that serve as a compass for success in the music industry. The music sector of the entertainment industry can be perceived as a volatile climate for longevity, nonetheless Rand has successfully navigated and sustained her footing. It all began when Tamar was a little girl listening to music permeating the walls of her home. She developed an affinity to music early on. Rand was afforded the opportunity to play an instrument and study music composition in her formative years.  The presence of a great mentor and teacher who instilled the importance of integrity in presentation contributed to Rand’s burgeoning interest in music. As she began to research and understand the music world, she quickly discovered that she wanted to be involved in the business side of the music industry. She kept moving towards music and chose to attend Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) for undergraduate studies. Although she received a musicianship scholarship, which focused on performance, she remained drawn to the business side of the industry. Rand used undergraduate and graduate studies to develop her skills in music business and overall business acumen. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Recording Industry Management, and a Masters in Business Administration from Middle Tennessee State University.  Rand was ready to make her mark, with education, experience, and passion in tow.


In 2003 Tamar formally began her career in the music industry at Verity Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment. She began in the radio promotions department of the Gospel division and became apart of an award winning, hit and history making team.  Rand has worked with over 40 recording artists and groups during her career, and was an integral part of a team of executives that created the Gospel airplay chart monitored by Nielsen. This was a historical feat because up until the creation of the Gospel airplay chart there were no measures in place to monitor the statistical success of radio singles for the format. Rand has worked with some of Gospel and R&B music’s best and brightest including: Marvin Sapp, Dave Hollister, Kirk Franklin, Ben Tankard, Hezekiah Walker, Fred Hammond, Travis Greene, Le’Andria Johnson, The Walls Group, Dorinda Clark Cole, Erica Campbell, Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child, Andrae Crouch, Donald Lawrence, and the list goes on.  Rand was a key member of the team that made Marvin Sapp’s 2008 hit single “Never Would Have Made It” the longest running #1 radio single of any format, hailing at 46 weeks on the chart. It was also named as the “Best Song of 2008” by the Associated Press. Rand also enjoyed a stint as Marketing Project Manager for New Direction Church where she oversaw the creation and execution of their brand promise via: internet radio promotion, app creation, managing online sales, promotional tours, and developing collegiate scholarship programs for aspiring college students. Rand moved on to the role of Senior Director of Promotions at Entertainment One, where she remained for 6 years.  During her tenure at Entertainment One she continued to shine. Rand experienced many successes and was integral in the development of powerhouse Gospel artists Jonathan McReynolds & Todd Dulaney. Under Rand’s leadership of the Light Records division of Entertainment One Nashville, the team enjoyed multiple #1 and top charting singles. One of her most noted accomplishments while at Entertainment One was maintaining the #1 spot on Billboard’s Radio Airplay chart for 30 consecutive weeks for the 2014 hit single “Amazing “ by celebrated Gospel artist Ricky Dillard & New G.  Rand has a proven track record of success, staying power, and tenacity. It has all paid off as she continues to impact the culture through her hard work and dedication.  In 2016 Rand advanced professionally and moved into the role of Vice President of Promotion & Strategy at RCA Inspiration, a division of Sony Music Entertainment. Rand oversees promotions and strategy for the entire roster of artists. She is an ambassador for the music she promotes; collaborating with various divisions of the label to contribute to the achievements of the roster. As Vice President she sets the tone and vision for her team, which underscores and bolsters the vision of RCAI. Rand evaluates, develops, creates, and produces daily and has no plans of letting up on her track record of success. Rand navigates projects with veteran and fresh new artists including: Kirk Franklin, Donald Lawrence, Fred Hammond, Travis Greene, The Walls Group, Koryn Hawthorne, William Murphy, Le’Andria Johnson, Tasha Page-Lockhart, and Jason Nelson.


Tamar Rand has been able to maintain a thriving career and prides herself on her commitment to integrity. Rand is a board member of Progress, Inc. an agency that supports seniors and young people dealing with disabilities, she also serves as a member of the Gospel Music Association’s Award Screening Committee, and a NARAS member. Rand strives to produce results that serve as a beacon of excellence. Rand has invested countless hours to helping new artists flourish and reach their full potential. Rand was savvy enough to identify her passion early on and continues to build her personal and professional brand. Rand has emerged as a force to be reckoned with in the promotions arena. As she is accessing her full potential she is pushing and inspiring others to do the same.

HOBBIES: Building Lego sets, Reading, and DIY home projects

MUSIC GUILTY PLEASURE: “U Can’t Touch This” MC Hammer



Character is power! – Booker T. Washington


kasey cleckler, secretary

Since graduating from the Recording Industry Management program

at Middle Tennessee State University, she has worked in many different

aspects of the entertainment industry honing her skillset in business

management, touring, artist management, and record label operations.

Her diverse background provides a unique and valuable perspective

which she uses to lead her business and guide her clients.

Her career in business management started at Flood Bumstead McCready and McCarthy where she was responsible for the day-to-day management of accounting and business for multiple Grammy-award winning artists that toured extensively both nationally and internationally. Through her client’s endeavors, she worked hands-on in music and book publishing, sponsorships, large-scale construction projects, and served as a line producer for a network television show. Additionally, before launching her business, Kasey toured internationally with a Grammy award-winning artist where she deepened her understanding of that aspect of the industry. 


She went on to create Cleckler Consulting in 2018 providing business management and consulting for entertainment and creative arts businesses. She then earned a master’s degree from Lipscomb University in Organizational Leadership focusing on Strategic Leadership and Performance Coaching, and created Cape + Anchor for executive and performance coaching in 2020. 

Kasey is involved in numerous organizations in the Nashville community. She is an active member of SOURCE, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's Troubadour Advisory Council, and the Nashville Emerging Leaders class of 2022. She is a proud alumni of the Society of Leaders in Development, Women’s Music Business Association, MusiCares Ambassadors, and Alpha Xi Delta sorority. With a heart for helping children in her community, Kasey has previously volunteered as a wish granter with Make-A-Wish and was a member of the Young Leaders Board for Make-A-Wish of Middle Tennessee. She currently volunteers weekly at Saddle Up! assisting children with disabilities with equine-based therapeutic programs.

HOBBIES: All things horses, road trips, always making a beeline to the art gallery in a new city.

MUSIC GUILTY PLEASURE: Freeway of Love, Aretha Franklin



Adventure is worth the risk.

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Amanda Mitchell, a graduate of Belmont University, is originally from Troutdale, VA. She previously interned for Universal Music Group and the Country Music Association. Upon graduating, she worked for the Grand Ole Opry and then moved closer to home for an event management position with the Roanoke Civic Center in Roanoke, VA. Her love for Nashville brought her back where she accepted a position with business management firm, Wiatr & Associates. In 2015, she had the opportunity to join business management firm, Farris, Self, & Moore, where she currently serves as an Associate Business Manager. She is a member of SOURCE, ACM, CMA, CMHOF Troubadour Society, and a member of the inaugural CMA Women’s Leadership Academy. Her greatest gift in life is her daughter, Madelyn Mitchell. 

HOBBIES: Canoeing / Camping




"Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be Kind. Always."

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brittni talley, SOCIAL CO-CHAIR

A graduate of Millikin University’s School of Music, Brittni earned her Bachelor's Degree in Music Business in 2009 before relocating to Nashville, TN. Her career began with several years in public relations where she assisted with campaign efforts for artists and organizations including Hank Williams Jr., Dolly Parton, Wynonna, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, George Jones, Charlie Daniels, Jamey Johnson, Christmas 4 Kids, Country Thunder Music Festivals and more. Following her time in PR, she continued on to work directly for Country Thunder Music Festivals, joining the team as Project Manager and then ultimately assumed the role of Creative Director, handling digital marketing and advertising, brand management, event logistics, sponsor and media relations and on-site vendor contracting and management. For the past five years, Brittni has worked with the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), the world’s largest not-for-profit songwriters trade association dedicated to protecting the rights and future of the profession of songwriting. As NSAI’s Director of Creative & Communications, her responsibilities include overseeing all marketing and publicity efforts, as well as brand management and operational assistance for the company and several of their annual events including the Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival and the Nashville Songwriter Awards.

HOBBIES: I’m a huge live-music goer, and when the weather is right I love to be outdoors paddleboarding, hiking, and exploring.


FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST: Very difficult to answer, but perhaps Adele currently.

BUCKET LIST TRAVEL DESTINATION: Banff is my next bucket list destination!

“There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life”. – Sophia Loren



Working with some of the largest pop, rock, EDM and country acts in the world, in her 12 years at FBMM Erica has solidified her role as a trusted royalty expert within FBMM and the entertainment industry. As FBMM's Vice President of Royalties and Contract Compliance, she leads the group in providing services such as profit participation audits, record and publishing royalty audits, merchandising audits, and record label administration services. She plays a pivotal role in intellectual property valuations and catalog sales and works closely with FBMM’s business managers, client attorneys and managers to strategize ways to improve royalty deal structures and contracts.

HOBBIES: In her spare time she enjoys traveling, live music, a good book & nice glass of wine.

MUSIC GUILTY PLEASURE: Bon Jovi & Backstreet Boys (love the boybands & 80's Hair Bands)



"One person can make a difference, and everyone should try."



MARY LAUREN TEAGUE, Membership Co-Chair

Mary Lauren Teague is Assistant Professor of Music Business at Belmont University and Owner of Dotted i Entertainment, LLC, where she manages and advises Nashville creatives. Previously a full-time entertainment attorney at Loeb & Loeb, LLP, she brings her prior experiences of representing recording artists, legacy artists, songwriters, publishing companies, producers, and other entertainment and media companies to the table in her professor, manager, and advisor capacities in order to provide exceptional service to her students and clients. Mary Lauren serves as a Board Member of SOURCE and as Chair of the Troubadour Society Advisory Committee at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. She has been honored by the Nashville Business Journal as one of Nashville’s “Top 40 Under 40” and named to the “Up Next” list of emerging leaders in entertainment law in Variety’s “Legal Impact Report”. In her free time, Mary Lauren loves to spend time outdoors with her husband, Daniel, 1-year-old daughter Mary Fran, and her furry child, a rescued labradoodle named Ellie.

HOBBIES: Spending time outdoors, interior decorating, live music

MUSIC GUILTY PLEASURE: Garth Brooks and 90's country

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST: Martina McBride or Trisha Yearwood

BUCKET LIST TRAVEL DESTINATION: Greece, Barcelona, Switzerland

Hard to choose, but I heard this recently and loved it: "A woman who is going to do big things cannot let small things get to her."




HOBBIES: Traveling, hanging with family, crocheting 

MUSIC GUILTY PLEASURE: Bruno Mars hands down! But definitely not guilty ... claim that all day!


BUCKET LIST TRAVEL DESTINATION: Fiji, All 50 states (8 away)

Colossians 3:23 - Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters. 



Tracie Hitz moved to Nashville in 2018 to start Hitz & Branding so she could help

people go after their dreams by building their personal and professional brands

through storytelling. She’s worked with large brands like the NCAA and UNICEF,

as well as small businesses that range from artists to nonprofits to a surf coach.

Hitz and her team create integrated marketing and branding plans for clients, as

well as build all of the elements necessary to implement them effectively,

including graphics, videos, websites, email campaigns, social media, digital

media, PR, booking content capture, event planning sponsorship sales,

fundraising, merchandising, management and more.

Her work with artist, Tyler Tisdale, on his first-ever album release resulted in over

1.8 million streams and counting on Spotify. On the nonprofit side of things, Hitz

and her team worked with the Circle of Sisterhood to raise the most money ever

in the ten year history of the organization. She is also a partner in the annual

Nashville Nights International Songwriters Festival held in Denmark that started

in 2021 and is the manager for two Grammy-nominated songwriters, Blue Foley

and CJ Field, and platinum-selling songwriter, Chancie Neal. Hitz also helped build

the Nashville Nights International Songwriters Festival in Denmark and is a partner in the

US-based company, Nashville Nights, LLC.

Hitz selected Nashville to start a business after she fell in love with the city when

she was planning her first Women’s Final Four in Music City when she worked as

the Director of Business Operations at the NCAA. She took over that role in

October of 2013 where she managed external operations for the Division I

Women’s Basketball Championship that led to a sell-out crowd at Bridgestone

Arena for the 2014 Women’s Final Four in first-time host city, Nashville. The

following year, she led the sales team to record the largest attendance at a

Women’s Final Four since 2010, collaborated with over 150 staff and committee

members to put on the first-ever combined championship where the Division I, II

and III champions were all crowned in the same arena in 2016 and notched

back-to-back sellouts in Dallas in 2017 and Columbus in 2018 with the latter

being the largest attendance across the entire Women’s Basketball

Championship since 2004. She created new initiatives to engage fans, business

professionals, coaches and former players during her tenure. Hitz garnered

earned local and national media with unique ideas that tell the story of women’s

basketball, including landing on ESPN’s SportsCenter Top 10 Plays for the

inaugural Dribble to Work Day in 2015, which also earned a 2016 NACMA award

and was named a finalist for the National Sports Forum's 2016 Sammy Awards.

Before the NCAA, Hitz worked for Old Hat Creative for 3.5 years where she was

the Chief Marketing Officer tasked with creating the strategic plan to grow the

company from design, video and web services to a full creative sports agency

dedicated to branding professional and college sports teams. She doubled the

company's annual revenue every year with first-class customer service,

understanding their current needs and anticipating the future trends in the sports

and entertainment industries. She also oversaw marketing, public relations and

social media to secure 30% of total clients and 65% new clients while

collaborating with over 100 collegiate and pro teams to create sales and

marketing plans to generate revenue for multiple sports, as well as assisted with

donor relations and fundraising plans. She developed the James Justice Slam

Dunk Social Campaign for the 5’9 Martin Methodist College basketball player to

compete in the 2012 State Farm Slam Dunk Contest where he took home the

dunking title as the dark-horse entry.

Hitz took the post at Old Hat Creative after working for 13 years at Northwestern

University where she was the associate athletic director for Sales and Marketing

Department. During her tenure at NU, she was part of a team that set records for

season tickets and single-game attendance in every admission-charging sport,

as well as won nine national marketing awards in seven years. Since starting at

NU as the Marketing Assistant in 1997, she contributed to the creation of several

initiatives that continue to build to this day, including the Wildcat Kidsʼ Club,

Womenʼs Sports Weekend, the Sports Marketing Club, the Randy Walker 5K

Walk and the Womenʼs Reunion Weekend for former student-athletes. Through

the years, she kept up with the changing technology from being part of the

creation of to producing the gameday content on the videoboard

in Ryan Field. In 2008, she worked with Coach Fitzgerald to become one of the

first college coaches to have a Facebook page and in 2009 she led the charge to

get 5,000 Facebook fans for the Northwestern Athletics page in less than three

weeks (NU only had 800 in the first three months leading up to that).

She is a frequent presenter at conventions and symposiums across the country

covering marketing, sales, female initiatives and professional development. She

started a career development blog in 2012 to supplement her career coaching,

as well as managed The Migala Report business journal from 2010-2014 and

created the WBBMarketing blog last Fall. She also developed the NACMA Online

Library in 2011 to share best practices among college marketing administrators.

Since 2000, she has been an active member of the National Association of

Collegiate Marketing Administrators (NACMA), including being named to the

Board of Directors in 2008. When her board term ended in 2010, Kurt Esser,

Senior Associate Athletic Director at New Mexico asked her to be his advisor

during his one-year term as the NACMA President. The following year, the

incoming NACMA President, Jamie DiLoreto, Associate Athletic Director at

Boston College asked her to stay on for his term in 2011. She was then asked for

a third straight year to advise the NACMA President when Greg Herring,

Assistant Athletic Director at Northern Illinois University requested she stay on for

his term that ended in 2013.

Starting in 2007, she was a teaching assistant, guest lecturer and thesis advisor

for the Northwestern University Masterʼs of Sports Administration program. She's

also a frequent panelist for sports symposiums and conventions throughout the

country. She is currently a member of Women in Sports and Events (WISE) and

is serving on the Board of Directors for the music networking organization for

women, SOURCE, and a mental health non-profit organization, The Collective.

She was also a member of the National Association of Collegiate Women

Athletics Administrators (NACWAA) and Association of Women in Sports Media


For a few years while at NU she also worked gamedays in the Stadium Suites

Department for the Chicago Bears and in the Marketing Department at the

Chicago Fire. She received her bachelorʼs degree in Communication

(Journalism) from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri in 1997 and her

masterʼs degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from Northwestern

University in 2003. At Truman State, she worked in the Sports Information Office

where she assisted with media relations for soccer and track. While in college,

she spent her summers as a sports writer for the Peoria Journal Star, which is

the local newspaper near her hometown of Kickapoo, Illinois. At the Journal Star,

she covered local sporting events, including baseball, basketball, golf, bowling

and motor sports.

HOBBIES: Playing and watching sports, planning parties and vacations for friends and family, traveling as much as I can, going to music events and implementing random ideas




"Done is better than perfect." - Sheryl Sandberg

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beth tyson, programs CO-CHAIR

Beth is a senior account manager at award winning business management firm, FBMM.  After a brief stint in banking, she found her work home and over the last 16 years has become a trusted adviser to both her award-winning clients and her employees.  She has a breadth of experience in the music industry with extensive knowledge of worldwide touring, risk management, budgets, personal finances and everything in between.  Beth, and her team, work with passion as they oversee their clients’ needs to ensure a financially secure future.  She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and finance from the University of Tennessee and completed the MBA program at Belmont University.  Behind the scenes she is a member of the Academy of Country Music, Country Music Association, serves as Treasurer of her daughter’s Girl Scout Troop and volunteers often at her local elementary school.  Outside of the office she is most likely enjoying time with family including the many activities of her three children – dance, baseball, basketball, gymnastics and more.

HOBBIES: Weekends at the baseball field, basketball games, or dance events cheering on my kids. 




Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened. 

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ashley hertzog embry, programs CO-CHAIR

Born and raised in small-town Pennsylvania, Ashley Hertzog Embry always had her sights set on Tennessee. At thirteen, she wrote her parents a letter declaring that she would one day move to Nashville to work with songwriters. In 2001, she moved to her favorite city to attend Belmont University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude 4 years later.


Ashley’s internship from her final semester of college turned into her first full-time job in the industry, managing Combustion Music’s rapidly growing catalog. After more than five years with Combustion, she spent a year at My Good Girl Music before joining Hearts Bluff Music in 2013.


Over the past decade, she has risen from Executive Assistant to Vice President of Acquisitions, leading the Hearts Bluff team, project managing their deal flow, and facilitating over $100 million in catalog sales.


Ashley is an active member of SOURCE, CMA, and the Country Music Hall of Fame’s Troubadour. Outside of the music industry, she has written a memoir called Letters to My Papa, about the loss of her father, and created a deck of conversation cards called Turning Toward, designed to foster meaningful connections. Ashley’s three loves of her life are her husband Mason, her daughter Noella, and their dog Oliver.

HOBBIES: Writing, reading, yoga

MUSIC GUILTY PLEASURE: Tom Jones (I've seen him in concert 6 times)

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST: Brandy Clark or Sara Bareilles

BUCKET LIST TRAVEL DESTINATION: somewhere I can see the Northern Lights

"The planet does not need more successful people. But it does desperately need more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of every kind." - David W. Orr



Mallory Mason hails from the “metropolis” of Demopolis, AL and found her way to Nashville after graduating from Auburn University. She started her career at Cumulus Media before being introduced to entertainment business management. Mallory has been in the field over 10 years now and is a Business Manager at King Business & Financial Management. Her passion is helping clients attain financial success while giving them the freedom to focus on their own passion: creating music. Mallory is currently the Vice President for SOURCE, a board member of the Country Music Hall of Fame’s Troubadour Society, and a member of the Country Music Association.

HOBBIES: Traveling, margaritas, and working out


FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST: Hard to choose but I do love REBA


"Be good at something. It makes you valuable...have something to bring to the table, because that will make you more welcome." - Randy Pausch

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