ABC Welcomes Five Community & Business Leaders to its Board

The Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville (ABC) is thrilled to welcome five new members to its board of directors. The new directors are Jacki Artis, Joseph Hudak, Joanna Paszek, Brian Sexton, and Teresa Tatlonghari. Each will serve a three-year term beginning November 1, 2023.

ABC fills an important and unique niche in Nashville’s cultural community as the first and only private sector organization dedicated to providing direct services, key opportunities, and education to help organizations and creatives of all artistic disciplines at all career stages. The full list of the Arts & Business Council board of directors can be found here.


Jacki Artis
works at United Talent Agency (UTA) as Social Impact Manager for the UTA Foundation over both the Nashville and Atlanta offices.  Her service background includes support to Metro Nashville Public Schools, Communities in Schools of Tennessee, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, Bank of America Neighborhood Builders Program, and Music Makes Us.  Previously, Jacki worked at CAA, PENCIL, and in the Nashville Mayor’s Office of Economic and Community Development.  A graduate of the University of Georgia, Jacki spends her downtime enjoying the music, food, patios, and culture the city of Nashville has to offer as she nears 10 years in Tennessee.

Joseph Hudak
moved to Nashville in 2012 and has had a front-row seat to the city’s cultural and musical explosion. As the editor of Rolling Stone’s Nashville bureau, he has championed creative talents in both the mainstream and on the fringe, elevating the work of artists like Brothers Osborne, the Cadillac Three, Kelsey Waldon, and Margo Price, who credits Hudak in her memoir Maybe We’ll Make It with helping her launch her career. Prior to joining Rolling Stone in 2014, he was managing editor of Country Weekly magazine and spent 12 years at TV Guide magazine covering the television arts. Hudak has hosted various live events for Rolling Stone and for Nashville-based organizations like AmericanaFest, CMA Fest, and Leadership Music. He lives in East Nashville with his wife Alison, editor-in-chief of Nashville Lifestyles, and their dog Irwin. You can find him wherever live music is being played.

Joanna Paszek
moved to Nashville in 2021 to join CBRE’s Research team, providing commercial real estate market analysis and intelligence on trends impacting the industry. Before joining CBRE, Joanna attended The University of the South: Sewanee, where she studied History, politics, and Asian studies. While there, Joanna addressed topics of China’s environmental policy influencing sustainable construction innovation and, separately, historical land use in the South Carolina Lowcountry as a catalyst for conservation easement practices. The intersections of artistic communities and real estate development in her home state, South Carolina, influenced Joanna’s view that collaboration across industries is vital to strengthen creative culture. She is a member of the Urban Land Institute and NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association. After graduating from the Young Leaders Council nonprofit leadership program, Joanna was the Arts & Business Council’s YLC Intern before becoming a Board Member.

As a seasoned Community Developer, Brian Sexton welcomes opportunities that allow him to connect with nonprofits, artists, and entrepreneurs to build bridges that unite them with the community at large. Through these mutually beneficial partnerships, Brian continues to improve education, workforce development, and access to affordable housing for hundreds of individuals and families throughout Nashville and the surrounding areas.

As a firm believer in the power of art and music education to elevate communities, Brian leads the Advisory Council for Music Makes Us, a unique partnership between Metro Nashville Public Schools, the Mayor’s Office, and the Nashville community. Together, these organizations work to provide meaningful support for Nashville’s public school music students. In addition, beginning November 13, Brian will be the Metro Council Liaison for the Mayor’s Office. He is also a co-founding member of the Music Business Accelerator program at Tennessee State University, a current Board Member of Helping Our Music Evolve (HOME), and a committee member for MNPS Academies of Nashville Partnership Council for Arts, Media, and Communication.

Brian has earned several awards throughout his career, including recognition among Nashville Business Journal’s 40 Under 40, Nashville Emerging Leaders Cohort, and several others. Brian holds a Master’s degree in Urban Planning and Community Development from Texas Southern University and completed his undergraduate degree from Tennessee State University in Business Administration. He and his wife are proud parents of two children. When he’s not working, Brian enjoys podcasting and traveling.

Teresa Tatlonghari
is a Marketing and Branding executive who has excelled at the creation and development of several soccer brands across the United States (San Diego Loyal Soccer Club, Las Vegas Lights FC, Sacramento Republic FC, and FC Cincinnati). As the Vice President of Marketing for Nashville SC, Teresa leads all marketing initiatives as well as a team of content creators (video, photo and writers) who serve all the club’s internal and external demands, and the club’s merchandise department which, among other initiatives, was tasked with the design of the First Team’s uniform. Her first role in sports as the Vice President of Marketing for Orlando City Soccer Club provided her with extensive experience with launching and marketing a sports team as well as marketing a new stadium. Teresa’s career started in the advertising industry, where she worked with clients across multiple industries as an account executive.