Beginning in 1986 as a professional manager, Kaz Hori developed his global network under the tutelage of the legendary concert promoter/music publisher Tats Nagashima. In 1990, Kaz joined the board of HoriPro Inc. and has since been overseeing its international business operations. Currently, Kaz is Vice Chairman of Music Publishers Association of Japan (MPAJ) and also serves on the Board of Japan Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers (JASRAC).
A Berklee College of Music graduate, Nobu began in 1989 by promoting international music within his home country of Japan. 1994 found Nobu in New York City producing and promoting music for Japanese labels, soon after leading business development for Bandai Entertainment and Pioneer Entertainment in CA. After a 10-year relationship with Kaz, Nobu joined H.E.G. in 2006, overseeing day-to-day US operations and developing and furthering HoriPro music publishing business.
Butch Baker has lead HoriPro's Nashville office for over 5 years, claiming an impressive track record of success. A now 32-year resident of Nashville, Butch Baker began his career in music as a recording artist, inking 4 major record deals. His transition to the business side of music came by working as an independent A&R rep for Giant and Sony Records. Ambitiously continuing his love for music and its business, Butch expanded in to music production and song plugging. Finding a true passion for music publishing, Butch was soon running Nashville's Encore Publishing. With this vast and varied amount of experience under his belt, Butch joined HoriPro in 2005.
Dave began his career on the front lines of music, performing all of over the world with some of country music’s biggest acts. Dave Hall brings these years of music experience to the HoriPro family, working in conjunction with HoriPro's Royalty Department and Creative Team to guide policy as well as day-to-day functions.
Carrie heads up the Royalty Administration Department, where she works tirelessly to ensure that all of HoriPro's publishing assets are properly accounted for, collected, and distributed on time. Carrie's prior experience at Sony ATV and BMI allows for a robust understanding of publishing administration.
Growing up, Courtney Crist was surrounded by music. Her mother was a disc jockey at a local radio station where most of her free time was spent. This led Courtney to attend Middle Tennessee State University, studying in their Recording Industry program. Throughout her college and post-graduation career, Courtney worked for Lee Ann Womack which eventually led to her doing road management and A&R for the Grammy Award Winning Country Singer/Songwriter. Since then, she has worked for both NSAI Hall Of Fame Songwriter, Bob DiPiero, and Frank Rogers Productions, where she did A&R for seven years prior to joining HoriPro.
Tim is responsible for all licensing and business affairs activities, including negotiating and drafting synch licenses for film and tv commercials, as well as exclusive songwriter, administration, and catalog acquisition agreements. He received his J.D. from the University of Memphis, where he was a recipient of the Herbert Herff Presidential Law Scholarship, the Dean's Distinguished Service Award, and the CALI Award for Excellence, in addition to serving as the President of the Sports and Entertainment Law Society, and is licensed to practice law in Tennessee. A music industry veteran with over ten years experience in music publishing, Tim worked at Sony/ATV Music Publishing and Acuff-Rose Music Publishing prior to joining HoriPro.
Courtney acts as Catalog Manager, working directly with songwriters and the Royalty Administration department to ensure proper handling of the company's diverse and constantly-expanding catalog, while also handling demo billing and day-to-day office management.
Bri assists in the Royalty Department with processing and distributing royalties.
Along with heading up Dog Relations, you can find Elton playing for tips at local dive bars around Nashville. AKA: Sir Elton, E