Big Machine Music City Grand Prix Announce Leadership Changes, Up Jason Rittenberry To President

Jason Rittenberry

The Big Machine Music City Grand Prix announced a series of executive-level promotions, which include the elevation of Jason Rittenberry to President & COO. He has served as COO from the inception of the event.

In his expanded role, he will continue to oversee all operations of the event and on-track motorsports activity. A 22-year veteran of motorsports and entertainment, Rittenberry previously served as Chief Strategy Officer at Circuit of The Americas, overseeing the Formula One United States Grand Prix and Austin 360 Amphitheater. His career includes tenure as President & CEO of IRG Sports + Entertainment and President & General Manager of Memphis Motorsports Park.

“I’m incredibly proud of this executive team. There is well over 100 years of motorsports and festival experience between this group of leaders,” says Big Machine Music City Grand Prix CEO Matt Crews.  “Dedication, hard work, passion, and leadership from this team is immeasurable and will be instrumental in our continued growth and position us as one of Nashville and motorsports marquee events.”

Liz Allison has been named Executive Vice President. Having served as Director of Partnerships, Client Services and Special Events since joining the team in January of 2021, Allison has over 25 years of motorsports client services, special events and premium hospitality experience in NASCAR. As EVP, she will continue to oversee strategic and investor relations, partnerships, guest experiences and premium hospitality.

Tony Cotman, the original course designer for the MCGP, has been named Director of Infrastructure in addition to his role as Track Designer. He will continue to oversee the course design, work closely with motorsports sanctioning bodies, and manage the organization’s rapidly growing infrastructure inventory. Cotman has over 25 years of motorsports experience and also serves as President of NZR Consulting. He previously served as the Vice President of Competition for IndyCar, Vice President of Operations for ChampCar and as an IndyCar Steward and Racetrack Engineer and Designer. He currently serves as the US Representative to the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA).

Brad Margolis has been named Chief Financial Officer, Vice President of Finance and Administration. In addition to finance and administration, he will oversee the ticketing sales and operations for the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix. Prior to the MCGP, Margolis spent the last 13 years working with a single-family office that built and invested in consumer businesses spanning media and entertainment, festivals, restaurants, sports, and technology.

In addition to these executive level changes, the organization announced the following senior management promotions: Charlie Legeman upped to Sr. Director of Sales and Partnerships, Kent Russell elevated to Sr. Director of Ticketing, and Kristen Moser promoted to Sr. Director of Operations.

Steven Boero