PIQUA — Todd Boltin figured his chances of winning another ACM award were behind him.
Apparently, a lot of people at the Academy of Country Music thought otherwise.
The Piqua resident and veteran entertainment consultant/concert producer for Variety Attractions found out Tuesday he’s been nominated a 10th time for the ACM’s prestigious Don Romeo Talent Buyer of the Year Award.
ACM officials announced industry and studio recording award nominees Tuesday for the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards set for April 3 in Las Vegas.
Although he’s been nominated nine times before — the last nod coming when he won the award in 2010 — Boltin admitted this one caught him a little off guard.
“I didn’t have a clue,” he said Wednesday. “I was pumping gas in Hendersonville (Tenn.) and these emails started coming in. I opened one up and it said I’d been nominated. In my mind I was saying, ‘That’s all behind me’ … because you get to a certain point in your career where you say it’s time for somebody else to win this. So this is a huge surprise.”
A 30-year industry veteran for the Zanesville-based company, Boltin helps secure talent for several regional county fairs, festivals and entertainment venues ranging from Hobart Arena and Fraze Pavilion to the Country Concert at Hickory Hill Lakes.
He also helps buy talent for the Land of Illusion in Middletown and the yearly fundraiser for the Kettering Medical Foundation.
“It doesn’t have to be just music, it can be comedy, motor sports, rodeos … you name it,” Boltin said. “Anybody who is doing some type of event, we can buy the talent for them.”
In addition to being a longtime member of the ACM and Country Music Association, the Bradford High School graduate is on the board of directors for the International Entertainment Buyers Association where he serves as secretary.
Boltin and the rest of the ACM award nominees will find out who won at the April 3 awards show, with industry and studio recording award recipients recognized later this year during a reception at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.
For more information about ACM industry and studio recording award nominees, visit acmcountry.com
Jim Davis can be reached at [email protected]