College of Mass Communication Board of Professional Advisors
STAR Events and Communications
Gaylord Opryland and Attractions
Amber Hurdle oversees the internal communications, employee (STAR) events, activities, recognition and STAR-driven non-profit initiatives for the largest non-gaming facility in the continental United States, Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, as well as its attractions: Gaylord Springs Golf, General Jackson Showboat, Wildhorse Saloon and Radisson Hotel.
Prior to joining Gaylord, Hurdle created and managed Planit Nashville, an event planning and promotions company focused on experiential marketing and promotional events in the country music industry and corporate arena. She also has a wide variety of alumni engagement experience having served as Director of Annual Giving at the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia, as well as various positions within Cumberland University's Office of Advancement.
Hurdle is married with a daughter, son and surviving step-daughter. She volunteers her time with a variety of local professional organizations and charities, including the Anna Brooke Hurdle Foundation, a 501c3 created in memory of her late step-daughter to support disadvantaged youth, both locally and through targeted efforts in Swaziland Africa. Hurdle earned a bachelor's degree from Middle Tennessee State University with a major in Mass Communication and an emphasis in Public Relations. Since graduating, she has continually mentored students interested in pursuing a career in Communications.