Roland Lundy currently serves as a partner with The Buffkin Group, a retained, specialty boutique search firm headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee. Mr. Lundy leads the Non Profit practice and is an active participant in the Digital Media practice. Mr. Lundy also serves as the firm’s Chief Operating Officer managing the day-to-day responsibilities of the support staff and the remote offices.
Prior to joining The Buffkin Group in 2001, Mr. Lundy was the President and CEO of Word Entertainment, a $130M Christian media company, from 1989-2000. Headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, Word was the home to such artists as Amy Grant, Sandi Patty, Point of Grace, Jaci Velasquez, Nicole C. Mullen, Russ Taff and the Veggie Tales children’s video series.
Mr. Lundy’s business career began at Word in the early 1970’s as a telephone sales representative. Before becoming CEO of Word, Inc. in 1989, he held positions in marketing, promotion, sales and distribution and eventually became Executive Vice President of the music division. While president, he managed the sale of Word from ABC/CapCities to Thomas Nelson Publishers in 1992 and moved the company from Dallas, Texas to Nashville, Tennessee.
In 1993, Mr. Lundy was responsible for consolidation of all the music assets from Thomas Nelson and Word into what is now known as Word Entertainment. While a part of Thomas Nelson, he grew Word revenues from $72M to over $100M. In 1997, Mr. Lundy managed the sale of Word from Thomas Nelson to Gaylord Entertainment.
Mr. Lundy successfully managed the integration of Word into very diverse cultures through two acquisitions while continuing to attract top artistic and creative talent as well as retaining key personnel through each acquisition.
Mr. Lundy currently serves as Chairman of the Board the American Red Cross, Nashville Chapter and serves on the board for the Gospel Music Trust Fund. He previously was the President of the Gospel Music Association Board of Directors. Mr. Lundy holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with an emphasis in marketing from Baylor University. He was a four-year baseball letterman and assistant coach for one season. Roland and his wife, Sarah, reside in Brentwood, TN. He has two grown children, Rob and Jessica.