David Ross To Head HitShop Marketing
Nashville, TN – (July 1, 2013) — Media and music industry entrepreneur David M. Ross has been tapped to helm HitShop Records’ expanding marketing department. In his new position as Vice-President Marketing, Ross will focus on strategies to better connect the label and its artists with media and industry gatekeepers. Among his new duties will be the innovation of soon-to-debut branded content channel, Nekst.biz.
“The addition of David Ross to our executive staff is a giant leap forward for HitShop’s futuristic music model,” shares HitShop President, Skip Bishop. “David’s forward-thinking brilliance and his clear analytical understanding of the contemporary marketplace embody the vision and strategy that we are pursuing at HitShop. In order to fuel the continuing additions to our artistic and cutting-edge roster, we’ll require the music industry’s brightest minds. We certainly have achieved that by bringing David to our team.”
Ross graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School with a B.S. in Economics and later attended the Berklee College of Music, majoring in arranging. In April 1981 he founded MusicRow magazine, which he sold in 2008 after a successful reign covering the intersection between Nashville’s entertainment business and technology. During his MusicRow tenure, Ross pioneered many of the email and social media marketing techniques that became the basis for his first book, Secrets Of The List, published in 2012. Currently he serves on the Board of Directors for both The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and the Country Music Association. Ross received the CMA President’s Award for Outstanding Service in 1998 and the Canadian Country Music Association’s prestigious Leonard T. Rambeau Award for International Achievement in 2003.
“Leaving my MusicRow magazine chair was an extremely difficult decision, but I was hoping the change would lead to a new career chapter,” says Ross. “I’ve watched and respected Skip Bishop’s tremendous accomplishments for many years. When he suggested this HitShop role and I realized it would utilize many of the skills I’ve refined and used throughout my career, it was an easy choice. Plus I’ve always had a secret passion to work at a record label. Even in the short time I’ve been with this talented group of committed professionals, it’s already feeling like a home run.”
Ross can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HitShop Records is distributed by Warner Music Nashville and part of the Ramblin Music Group, whose holdings also include Young Guns Publishing. For more information about HitShop and its artists, please visit www.hitshoprecords.com or follow them on twitter @hitshoprecords and facebook.com/hitshoprecords.
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