Tim Surrett steps down as IBMA Board Chair

Tim SurrettTim Surret, Chairman of the IBMA Board of Directors, has resigned his position on the organization’s Executive Committee. Surrett, who also works as bass player with Balsam Range and as a studio musician and producer with Crossroads Music, is recovering from a serious gastrointestinal issue that placed him in the hospital a few weeks ago.

Tim is recovering well, and expects to complete a full recovery, but has found himself with one job too many and has elected to step down from the Board Chair position heading into the organization’s big week in Raleigh later this month.

Vice Chair Ben Surratt will assume Surrett’s position until the Board of Directors meets in Raleigh the day before World of Bluegrass begins on September 26 to hold their regular elections. Ben is the owner operator of the Rec Room Studio in Nashville.

Tim expressed regret at having to give up his chairmanship, saying that he has enjoyed it very much, but that he gets very tired and breathless easily when stressed. His doctor told him in no uncertain terms to reduce his responsibilities to duties that were required to maintain his livelihood.

“Your body is #1, and until I get my blood levels back to where they belong, I just have to slow down. I went back out with the band last weekend, and I felt fine onstage. But the guys wouldn’t let me do anything else. After the show, they started up the van, turned on the AC and stuck me in there to watch a ball game.

This is a great Board of Directors, and they have done such a fine job while I’ve been on. I have no doubt that they will continue to make the best decisions for the IBMA.”

Tim will be in attendance at World of Bluegrass, where he plans to host the Mountain Home showcase and perform with Balsam Range, but he’ll be keeping his other contributions to a minimum.

The IBMA has also announced today the results of the recent Board elections, which saw the re-election of current members Jamie Deering (Merchandisers/Luthiers), Regina Derzon (Associations), and Stephen Mougin (At Large). Jeremy Darrow was elected to fill the open seat for Artists, Composers, and Publishers recently vacated by Alan Bartram.


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