Robert D. Smith – President/CEO
Rob Smith currently holds the title of President/CEO of Royalty Records, a family run record company, founded in the early 70’s.
Rob originally joined Royalty in 1993, as the company’s then Sales & Marketing Manager. Rob then took a hiatus from Royalty in 2000 to pursue real estate and land development opportunities. In 2006 he made a return to Royalty to take on the position of President/CEO from his father, R. Harlan Smith.
Today Rob, has grown the label from a regional to national and world wide distributor of country music. This has resulted in multi-year nominations for CCMA “Record Company Person of the Year” and multi-year CCMA for “Record Label of the Year”, multi-year CCMA for “Publishing Company of the Year” and Royalty won the award as the only country music label at the 2013 Western Music Alliance for “Independent Record Label of the Year”.
Chris Nielsen-Smith – Copyright/Licensing Administrator, Office Manager
Chris brings to Royalty her combined 30 years experience as a performer, recording artist and songwriter, plus her 25 years experience in all facets of accounting, office management and administration. Chris has over 20 years experience dealing with the copyright industry from a legal and contractual point of view in all areas of licensing and administration.
R. Harlan Smith – Consultant
Harlan has spent over 45 years in the music industry as a performer, writer, producer, music publisher and label owner. Throughout his career, Harlan built a solid reputation in the industry as a doer. Harlan was the driving force behind the Royalty group of music companies throughout the 70s, 80s and 90s, as well as contributing his talents as a serving board member of the CCMA, Alberta Recording Industries Association and Alberta Cultural Industries Association.
Kathryn Hummel – A & R / Marketing and Promotions
Kathryn Hummel, has extensive knowledge in the music industry, working in and behind the scenes of prestigious artist related companies such as Canadian Music Week and FACTOR, where Hummel drew from her experiences to further develop her knowledge base and launch her own company back in 2005.
After over a decade in the business, working with a variety of genres and providing services from events, promo/marketing, grant writing and management, Hummel has had a hand in shaping many emerging and established artists. In 2012 Hummel Entertainment was nominated for Management Company of the Year.
September 2015 marked a milestone for Hummel and the opportunity to join forces with Canada’s oldest country label, Royalty Records presented itself and has taken affect immediately. The goal is to combine all services under one roof.
Kathryn Hummel currently sits on the board of directors for the Country Music Association of Ontario (CMAOntario)
Robert D. Langston – C.A., Director of Finance
Since 1973 Bob has been employed in the financial industry in various executive positions – Director of Taxation for the Principal Group Ltd., Vice-President of Finance for Coronet Trust, Chief Financial Officer for the Alberta Pension Administration Corporation. Bob also provides consulting services to the finance industry, primarily in the area of change management. Clients included Metropolitan Trust Company of Canada, Sun Life trust, and the Alberta Mortgage and Housing Corporation.
Bob has a keen interest in, and has acquired a working knowledge of the music publishing and production industries throughout the past 30 years. Bob is Director of Finance and Accountant pertaining to annual statements and tax matters as they relate to the Royalty group of companies.