Part of the appeal of the touring world is the craziness of it. You’re always faced with a new situation, a new challenge, a new success and that’s what makes it so fun! It takes a special kind of person for sure, but sometimes there’s a cost to be paid for that as well. Stephen and Sara will discuss ways to keep your head on straight when things get out of control and how to recognize the potential of craziness before it hits too hard.

Speakers: Stephen Navyac, Sara Hamill, Steve Emley

stephen_navyacStephen Navyac spent more than two decades in the music business as a tour manager, sound engineer and working in artist management, artist development and sponsorship marketing. After serving as a tour manager for acts including Faith No More, Lucinda Williams, The Mavericks, Keith Urban and Sara Evans, Stephen decided it was time to follow his passion and transition into a career as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. He began pursuing his master’s degree while still on the road, and today he is an LMFT certified in Emotionally Focused Therapy and EMDR, providing counseling for individuals and couples.

Having experienced the stress and challenges of life on the road Stephen has insights that make him uniquely qualified to help touring professionals (and their families) successfully negotiate difficult seasons of life.

Stephen has a heart for those who have experienced difficult times and are dealing with trauma, stress, addiction, depression, etc. Whether these issues stem from a client’s upbringing or their current life situation, Stephen draws on his training and life experience to get to what is underneath these issues.

Stephen is an avid reader and DIYer. He and his wife Susanna are also very plugged into their Hillsboro Village neighborhood and the local community. Having been blessed to work with quality artists and touring staff over the years, he now enjoys life off the road, helping others navigate those careers’ unique challenges.

For more information, rates or to schedule a session with Stephen in Hillsboro Village, contact 615-300-0883.

sara-hamillSara Hamill has her Master’s degree from the Institute of Conflict Management at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee. She is trained as a Tennessee State Rule 31 Civil Mediator with advanced training in skilled negotiation, systemic organizational design, dynamic group facilitation, training development, and conflict management for religious and business settings. She has more than 10 years’ experience in the not-for-profit world including work in the pastoral care field and program management. She has successfully facilitated numerous groups focusing on life change and has both developed and led professional trainings for Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee, Lutheran Services of Middle Tennessee, Touring Career Workshop, and Restore Small Groups. In addition, Sara has 400 hours of training in Clinical Pastoral Education from St. Thomas Hospital, Nashville, Tennessee.




Steve EmleySteve Emley joined The Fitzgerald Hartley Company in 2006.
He manages Tracy Lawrence, singer-songwriter/actress/entrepreneur, Caitlin Crosby (founder of The Giving Keys), Joe Hall and Jessie Clement.
Prior to joining Fitzgerald Hartley, Steve spent twenty-four years on the road (mostly tour managing) with artists including Ricky Skaggs, Michael McDonald, Shania, Ryan Adams, Lucinda Williams, Faith, LeAnn Rimes, Trace Adkins, Jewel and others.
He is a member of the CMA, the ACM and NARAS. Steve is also a board member of the non-profit Camp C.O.P.E., which strives to help the children of service members cope with the transitions and/or trauma they are facing in response to the deployment or injuries sustained by their soldiers.