Ryan Wesley Smith is the President & CEO of BFMG. Ryan moved to Nashville in 2014 to pursue a career in the music business. Since then, he's remained busy serving teams throughout the industry. Most recently joining the team at Awakening Events, a Global Top 50 Concert Promoter (Pollstar), working with artists such as TobyMac, Chris Tomlin, Casting Crowns, among others. Previously, Smith was at Story House Collective, where he handled day-to-day marketing ops for GRAMMY®-nominated singer/songwriter Matthew West. Ryan launched Chordwell in early 2019, an artist development & music marketing venture, which boasts clients such as for KING & COUNTRY, Ty James, YoungHeart, Cade Thompson, and labels Word|Curb Entertainment and Loyalty Records. Smith has also worked closely with legendary music executive Charlie Walk (previously the President at Republic Records, Epic Records), and helped his team form the New York based label, Loyalty Records, along with Mr. Walk's Music Mastery community.