Katy Varney Named PRWeek Champion of PR


MP&F Partner Katy Varney was among 40 women nationwide recognized by PRWeek as Champions of PR, for her coalition-building, government affairs and communications work. Read more below or by clicking here. From helping defeat an ill-advised English-only referendum that would have been a national embarrassment to literally saving the life of a battered wife on Tennessee’s death row, Katy … [Read more...]

Launching Our Diversity Fellowship Program

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Account Supervisor Erin Mercer writes in the MP&F Engage blog about our Diversity Fellowship program. Erin’s post touches on why we feel this program meshes with our company culture and to how to create and maintain such a program. Why did MP&F decide to launch its Diversity Fellowship program? When I hear this question, the first thing that comes to mind is, “Why not?” Diversity is … [Read more...]

Versatility – The MP&F Secret to Happy Clients and Satisfied Employees


It’s Tuesday morning at 9:08 a.m., and the MP&F offices are buzzing with activity. Staffers are Meeting with our media buyer about a plan for in-app mobile ads. Talking to a reporter with the LA Times about a retail client’s product feature. Developing a strategy to connect with video gamers for a tech client. Talking with bloggers regarding an upcoming event in … [Read more...]

How many Nashvillians does it take to plan the city’s future?


After hundreds of community meetings, participation by thousands of local residents, and tens of thousands of comments, the Metro Planning Department, an MP&F client, recently wrapped up NashvilleNext, the 25-year city plan to guide growth, development and preservation in Davidson County. In a unanimous decision on Monday, June 22, the Metro Planning Commission accepted the NashvilleNext … [Read more...]

By the Numbers: Red White and Food Campaign


MP&F recently won national awards from The Holmes Report and the Public Relations Society of America for its work on the Red White and Food campaign to allow the sale of wine in Tennessee retail food stores. Check out the infographic below highlighting the team’s communications accomplishments during only the last two phases of the campaign – focused on passing local referendums to allow … [Read more...]

If We Had Known Then What We Know Now

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MP&F professionals share advice for college students “If you could go back to college, what would you do differently while in school?” This was one of the many questions college students asked panelists and me during the University of Tennessee’s biennial PR Day. I was thrilled to participate and be invited as an alumna. After I finished talking with the students about the lessons I … [Read more...]

How To Network With the Best of Them

By Erin Clements At MP&F’s fall retreat, networking was a big topic of conversation. This can be an intimidating topic for rising young professionals, but it’s an important skill to have for your own development and for the success of your company. Following our retreat discussion and pulling past advice on the subject, here are my top five tips for networking like a pro, no matter … [Read more...]

Where’s the Wine?


Secrets of a Seven-Year PR Campaign Uncorked By Alice Chapman When Tennessee voters overwhelmingly approved the sale of wine in retail food stores in 78 municipalities last month, they ended a seven-year quest to change outdated liquor laws, and made our state the 37th in the nation to give consumers an opportunity to buy wine where they shop for food. MP&F was fortunate to work … [Read more...]

Hard To Beat a Great Retreat

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By Katy Varney Mark McNeely likes to tell the story that one of the conditions of my joining MP&F in 1993 was that we would have an annual off-site company retreat. There was no way to predict back then what would evolve into years of company tradition and lore. Mention retreat to any MP&Fer, past or present, and you are sure to get a huge smile and likely several stories that will have … [Read more...]

The Next Health Care Trend: Consumer Engagement

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By Dan Schlacter I recently attended Modern Healthcare’s Mobile Health Summit: Connecting Providers, Payers and Patients. As the conversation began, it quickly became clear that health care conversations – especially those about consumer-facing trends like mobile health – must include professional communicators. According to the panel, the manner in which health care is delivered has … [Read more...]