Our Board

We’re all volunteer and are only paid in warm fuzzies knowing that we’ve done good things for MacTown and its people. Get to know us (but don’t make it weird). Interested in joining us? We’re always looking for similarly excited and awesome people to work alongside.

Frankly, we’ve only got one thing in common: we all love Macon.

J.R. Olive

President

J.R., What’s up!? Tell us a little about yourself!
I am the Project Director of the Mill Hill: East Macon Arts Village. I enjoy playing guitar and making music. I have a baby named Julep and a dog named Kazoo.

If you could only take one album on a deserted island, what would it be?
Low Level Owl – The Appleseed Cast

What is your favorite live concert memory?
Hundreds of people sitting watching Sigur Rós at Chastain Park simultaneously standing, as if on cue, during the climax of one of their show.

Why are you on the board?
I love helping bring live music experiences to Macon.

Chandler Price

Marketing Co-Chair

Howdy, Chandler! Tell us a little about yourself!
I’m the Marketing Manager with Visit Macon. My kitty, Stevie, is the fluffiest fur child you’ll ever meet. My hobbies include working out, binge watching Netflix, traveling, and becoming a self-proclaimed Sommelier.

If you could only take one album on a deserted island, what would it be?
Fleetwood Mac “Rumours”

What is your favorite live concert memory?
The first time I saw John Mayer when I was 14 made me fall in love with live music. There is no comparison between a live performance and the recorded version. Concerts are my happy place.

Why are you on the board?
I have a passion for music and making Macon a place where people want to live and visit. The Bragg Jam board is the perfect place to feed both of those passions.

Holly Dugas

Treasurer

Ciao, Holly! Tell us about yourself.
I’m a proud aunt to five nephews and seven nieces. I’m a CPA at a Top 100 regional accounting firm. I love hiking and bourbon.

If you could only take one album on a deserted island, what would it be?
Counting Crows “Hard Candy”

What is your favorite live concert memory?
Being taken out of 7th grade Catholic school early on a random Wednesday so my mother could take me and two of my brothers to Atlanta to see the Rolling Stones. On a school night.

Why are you on the board?
JR’s hot takes and generally just being one of Leila’s dudes.

Kaitlynn Kressin

Vice President/VIP

Hi, Kaitlynn! Tell us a little about yourself!
When I’m not working on Bragg Jam, I’m the Director of Marketing for our family businesses in Downtown Macon. Event planning is my favorite part of my job so volunteering with Bragg Jam was a perfect fit! I have the most supportive husband and two HUGE loving pups.

If you could only take one album on a deserted island, what would it be?
The Dirty Guv’nahs! They’re music is so upbeat and makes me want to dance. I first saw them live at Bragg Jam in 2011 and had an absolute blast!

What is you favorite live concert memory?
When I was 6 I had two cats. One named “Drivin” and one named “Cryin.” Needless to say, everyone in my family are huge Drivin N Cryin fans. My parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, and I go to at least one Drivin N Cryin concert each year and they never disappoint. Dancing to 80’s rock music with 20+ loved ones is hard to beat.

Why are you on the board?
Macon, GA has a huge place in my heart. Unique, cultural events like Bragg Jam are one of the many things that make this city so great. I’m proud to help in the growth of Macon with any opportunity that I can.

Rick Spires

Resource Development Co-Chair

Hi, Rick! Tell us a little about yourself.
CPA at Mauldin and Jenkins. When I’m not crunching numbers, I enjoy playing golf, watching Netflix and seeing live music.

If you could only take one album on a deserted island, what would it be?
St. Paul and the Broken Bones – City of Sound

What is your favorite live concert memory?
One of my first concerts was Dave Matthews Band and the Allman Brothers at Piedmont Park, I’ve been hooked on live music ever since.

Why are you on the board?
Bragg Jam is my favorite event held annually in Macon and I enjoy being able to contribute to its future success, as well as the city of Macon.

Taylor Broun

General Counsel

Hi, Taylor! Tell us a little about yourself!
I’m a business attorney with Jones Cork LLP law firm. In my free time, I enjoy fly fishing, hunting, golf, skiing, seeing live music, Georgia football, and spending time with my wife Kim, daughter Addie Ruth, dog Scout, and cat Boo. I enjoy supporting our community and all it has to offer, from Historic Macon and New Town Macon to Mulberry Methodist Church, and of course, Bragg Jam

If you could only take one album on a deserted island, what would it be?
Rolling Stones – Exile on Main

What is your favorite live concert memory?
Sturgill Simpson live at the Tabernacle in Atlanta. Sturgill was playing a make up show because he previously was suppose to play a show there a few months earlier and had to quit playing bc of illness. He did not disappoint on the make up show and absolutely killed it!

Why are you on the board?
I am a big fan of live music and I think that it is great that music festivals bring people together from all different walks of life and diverse backgrounds and creates a since of a community, which I believe Bragg Jam does every year. I just wanted to play a bigger role and have more involvement in being a part of that.

Olivia Walter

Secretary/Second Sunday

Hey, Olivia! Tell us a little about yourself!
I’m from Fairview, Tennessee (that place you get lost when you are in Nashville). I’m the weird unicorn hybrid of athlete/music nerd. I went to Butler University and played soccer, but studied music, media, graphic design, art and journalism. I did a lot of stuff and things leading up to this to make me a utility knife. I moved to Macon in 2012 for an internship at the ASUN Conference in media relations. I guess they liked me… and I liked them because they kept me around. I get to merge all my passions in a career that is most people call a hobby, I am the Assistant Commissioner for Broadcast Services, so really that means those college sporting events you see on ESPN, I make those happen. The most important thing about me is I have a jumpy lil puppy named Ernie Barks. He’s pretty adorable and will cuddle with anyone; love ALL not hate. Follow him on Instagram: ErnieBarksW

If you could only take one album on a deserted island, what would it be?
Any Taylor Swift album because I’d be so motivated to get off that island as soon as possible. But seriously, I could be asked this question 365 days in a row and might have 297 different answers. I’m very indecisive, but for today I’m going to cheat the system and say I want my super special “Olivia Mix Tape” with a little Regina Spektor, Ben Folds, Fratellis, Rolling Stones and Sam Cooke. Oh wait. No. I’ve got it, I want Whitney! Whitney Houston! All day for the rest of my deserted life.

What is your favorite live concert memory?
When I was 13, I saw Ben Folds play piano in a Nashville Barnes & Nobles and it made my world explode. Two years later I got to help back stage at the Ryman for one of his shows, world re-exploded. There is not a more talented musician I’ve ever seen than Ben Folds. It’s like when you tell Southerners that they won’t love hockey until they see a game live and in person. Ben Folds is that. I’ve had a lot of wild live event memories and moments but that Barnes & Nobles moment is one that stuck.

Why are you on the board?
Music has already played a major role in my life, every step a long the way I had some element where it was present. Whether I was working at a recording studio, radio station, a venue or festivals…music is my drug. When I moved to Macon one of the first things I did was attend Bragg Jam and I knew everything was going to be ok and my moving and uprooting my life anxiety went away. Now that I can happily call Macon home I’m glad to be a part of the event that first made me feel welcome.

Ben Potter

Volunteer Chair

Hi, Ben! Tell us a little about yourself!
I’m a father of two who has lived in downtown Macon for 13 years. I’ve had a love of music, especially live music, instilled in me since I was a small child.

If you could only take one album on a deserted island, what would it be?
If I had one album it would probably be Sargent Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band by the Beatles.

What is you favorite live concert memory?
My favorite music experience was actually a month in Athens where I saw Sonic Youth, the Strokes, and Sunny Day Real Estate on different nights at the 40 Watt.

Why are you on the board?
I joined the board to reconnect with my community in a way that also relates to music.

Elizabeth Schorr

Website and Marketing

Hi, Elizabeth!

Tell us a little about yourself!
By day I own ES&Co. Design, where we help businesses and organizations who are legit, look legit. I also am a Co-Founder of The Web, workclub. My husband Bobby and I have three children, own the local bike shop - Bike Tech and love Macon.

If you could only take one album on a deserted island, what would it be?
Jimmy Buffett – Havana Daydreamin'

What is your favorite live concert memory?
St. Paul and the Broken Bones, Cox Capital Theater, Macon, Georgia.

Why are you on the board?
After growing up in Macon, my husband and I lived in Savannah for several years and during that time we would come home for Bragg Jam every summer. Bragg Jam brought out the best in our city and people and was the sign that more would be here than just our fam. I'm excited to help continue the legacy that the original founders started and show others that Macon can be a great place to live and work!

Brandon Bish

Program Assistant and Cheese Connoisseur

Before getting into Brandon’s bio, here’s a quick note to mention he’s literally our only staff member. If you have questions or contact us in any way, chances are you’ll be talking to this main man himself, so be nice.

BRANDON! HI! Tell us a little about yourself!

I was born and raised in Macon. Having lived here my entire life, outside of living in Milledgeville while attending GCSU. 2019 will be my 5th year on the board. I share my house with the love of my life, my 3 year old mini dachshund, Gracie.

If you could only take one album on a deserted island, what would it be?
Thrice – Artist In The Ambulance

What is your favorite live concert memory?
Coheed In Cambria at The Tabernacle.

Why are you on the board?
To be a part of the redevelopment in downtown, as well as befriend like minded individuals who bust their butt to better this city.