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Ryman wins CMA tour honor

Monday, December 8, 2014 – The Ryman won the CMA's touring honor tonight for Venue of the Year.

The trophies, known as the SRO Awards, were presented at an industry event hosted by road veteran Kix Brooks at Marathon Music Works in Nashville.

"Our members in the touring industry are among the industries hardest working professionals and their many contributions to the format deserve attention and a standing ovation," said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer.

CMA's SRO Awards 2014 winners were:

Business Manager of the Year Duane Clark - Flood, Bumstead, McCready & McCarthy, Inc.

Coach/Truck Driver of the Year Ron Easley - Jason Aldean

Front of House Engineer of the Year Jeff Parsons - Blake Shelton

Lighting Director of the Year Steve Richards - Taylor Swift

Manager of the Year Kerri Edwards - Red Light Management

Tour Manager of the Year Kevin Canady - Blake Shelton

Monitor Engineer of the Year Brad Baisley - Blake Shelton

Productin Manager of the Year Todd Ortmeier - Miranda Lambert

Publicist of the Year Mary Hilliard Harrington - The GreenRoom

Talent Agent of the Year Rob Beckham - William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, LLC

Talent Buyer/Promoter of the Year Brian O'Connell - Live Nation

Tour Caterer of the Year Dega Catering

Touring Musician of the Year John Thomasson - Little Big Town - Bass

Tour Video Director of the Year Scott Scovill - Moo TV

The SRO Awards were originally created by the CMA Board of Directors in 1990 to honor outstanding professional achievement within the touring industry.