Monday, August 6, 2018 - 9:15am

Triple 8 Management partners George Couri and Bruce Kalmick announced exciting changes and additions to both their Austin, Texas and Nashville, Tenn. offices. The staff changes include five new hires and one promotion in management and marketing creating a total of 35 Triple 8 team members.
Joining the company are Aaryn Cantu, Jen Dalton, Alec Edmonds, Kelly Kresen and Jon Smalt. Additionally, former Marketing Assistant Avery Bashaw will take on a new role as Marketing Manager.
“Bruce, Jesse, Paul, and I are always looking to serve artists in more ways, and we have made it a priority to find driven, smart, dedicated professionals who share our vision" said Couri.

Meet the Team: 
Jon Smalt’s experience in the music industry is unique and diverse, and he joins Triple 8 Management as a Manager in the Nashville office. He is bringing with him artists Devon Gilfillian and Becca Mancari. He has drummed professionally for 10+ years, managed artists and produced records. He also owns two boutique music festivals. 

Kelly Kresen joins the team as Day-to-Day Manager for Kaleo and will work out of the Nashville office. Kresen comes to Triple 8 from her role as VP of Partnerships and Strategy for Los Angeles-based music management company, Gin + Tonic. Prior to relocating to Nashville in July 2017, Kresen was a business and legal affairs executive at APA. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Penn State University and her Juris Doctor from Pepperdine Law before entering the State Bar of California.
Jen Dalton is an industry veteran with 18 years of experience in the radio and records industry who joins Triple 8 Management as a Marketing Director. She has spent the last 13 years as a Regional Promotion Manager for Concord Music Group, RCA Records and Epic Records. Prior to that, she was the Music Director at KUBE-FM/Seattle, the Marketing, Events and Music Director at KKRZ-Portland and the Promotions Director for KNRK-Portland. Dalton will work out of Triple 8’s Austin office, where she has lived for 8 years.
Aaryn Cantu joins the team as Marketing Assistant. Cantu has interned for Triple 8 on two separate occasions and will be based out of the Austin office.
Alec Edmonds is a 2018 graduate of Belmont University and completed internships at Triple 8 Management and Universal Music Group. Edmonds joins the team as a Day to Day Management Assistant in the Nashville office.
Avery Bashaw has been promoted from Marketing Assistant to Marketing Manager. After interning with Triple 8 and graduating from University of Texas at Austin, Bashaw joined the team full time and worked on clients Chase Rice, Josh Abbott Band, Kevin Fowler, Pat Green, Whiskey Myers and Scotty McCreery. In her new role, she will continue to work out of Triple 8’s Austin office.

With the addition of new team members comes more exciting change. The Triple 8 Nashville team has moved their offices from Music Row to a newly renovated space in Wedgewood-Houston, which provides ample space for the company’s growth.

About Triple 8 Management
Founded on 08/08/08, Triple 8 Management partners George Couri and Bruce Kalmick have since grown their operations to encompass a 35 full-time staff with offices in both Nashville, Tenn. and Austin, Texas. Designed to have a highly-favorable personnel-to-artist ratio, Triple 8 has a large dedicated staff overseeing artist management and marketing in each of the following departments: radio promotion, tour marketing, general marketing, branding, merchandising and digital strategy.
Recent Triple 8 milestones include 10 No. 1 songs across multiple artists at Country radio, multiple chart-topping Billboard album debuts, major award wins from the ACMs, CMAs, CMTs, iHeart Music Awards, Dove Awards and GRAMMYs both in country music and in rock (Kaleo, Judah and the Lion). Additionally, Triple 8 has led multiple independently released album launches resulting in more than 1 million in album sales as well as multi-million dollar touring enterprises for new artists—having done so both with and without significant radio airplay. In 2016, Triple 8 entered into a strategic partnership with Sony Music Entertainment, distribution company Thirty Tigers and veteran radio promotion executive Norbert Nix to create Triple Tigers Records, a new label imprint focused on country music. Since its inception, Triple Tigers has celebrated two No. 1 singles with Russell Dickerson and Scotty McCreery - unprecedented in the history of country music.
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Press Contact for Triple 8 Management: 
Ebie McFarland
Essential Broadcast Media, LLC
(615) 327-3259