Jennifer BrantleySenior Vice President
Brantley’s specialties include account management, strategic planning, research, public relations, media relations and event planning. Since joining MP&F in 1992 as an intern, Brantley has worked with such clients as Baptist Hospital, Colonial Pipeline, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, West Tennessee Healthcare, LUNGevity Foundation, Republic Services and Western Baptist Hospital.
Her event planning and national media experience stems from such clients as Breathe Deep Nashville, the Gospel Music Association, nine Family Re-Union conferences hosted by former Vice President Al Gore and the Southern Festival of Books. For these clients her responsibilities ranged from coordinating media relations, logistics and fundraising efforts for a 5K to benefit lung cancer research to media coverage for a nationally televised award show, to managing a “writers in the school” program, to coordinating national and local media coverage with the press offices of the president of the United States and the vice president. A native of McMinnville, Tenn., Brantley has a B.S. degree in public relations from Middle Tennessee State University.
Mary Ruth RaphaelVice President
Mary Ruth Raphael has been with MP&F since 2001 and has worked with a variety of clients at the local, regional and national levels. She manages the company’s work for its largest client, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Job Corps program, which includes nationwide marketing, advertising and communications initiatives targeted toward low-income 16- through 24-year-olds and their parents, community leaders, and employers. She also manages MP&F’s efforts on behalf of Opry Mills, Tennessee’s largest outlet and value retail destination. In addition to her client service, she manages MP&F’s own marketing campaign.
Mary Ruth has worked on multiple high-profile campaigns during her time at MP&F, including leading the award-winning Meth Destroys and What’s the Rush? statewide awareness campaigns on behalf of the state’s district attorneys. The drug abuse and teen pregnancy campaigns, respectively, included community relations, media relations, event management, social media outreach and public service announcements.
She is a board member of the Nashville chapter of the Public Relations Society of America and Best Buddies Tennessee, a member of the 2017 class of Leadership Brentwood, and volunteers her time to support the Down Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee.
Courtenay RossiVice President
Rossi, a veteran national broadcast journalist who joined MP&F in 2004, manages the national marketing contract for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Job Corps program and its 125 centers. In her role, she oversees advertising, marketing and recruitment materials, Web design, conference and event planning, and internal communications. Since 2000, the national advertising campaigns have resulted in more than 4.9 million calls to the Job Corps call center. Rossi specializes in strategic planning, research, media relations and event planning.
During Rossi’s 15-year career in television journalism, she was a producer with NBC News in Washington, D.C., covering the White House and the 2000 presidential campaign. She also produced for NBC’s “Nightly News,” “Today” and various special projects.
A Washington, D.C.-area native, Rossi graduated cum laude from Wellesley College with a dual degree in English and economics and received a master’s degree from the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University.
Javier SolanoVice President
Javier Solano has 15 years of experience managing marketing communications campaigns, including award-winning efforts on behalf of the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Department of Labor and the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority. He currently supervises communications support efforts on behalf of Andrew Jackson's Hermitage and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Job Corps program. While at MP&F, Javier has received the staff-selected Best Writer award four times and the MVP award twice. He is bilingual and a frequent presenter on communications strategies, including media relations and Latino outreach. He is also one of the staff’s media trainers, leaning on his 10 years of experience as a reporter.
Before his arrival at MP&F in 2001, Javier worked for two Chicago Tribune-owned newspapers, most recently the Orlando Sentinel, where he covered sports and general assignments for six years. He currently serves on three boards of directors: the Economic Club of Nashville, the Antiques and Garden Show of Nashville, and the Tennessee Latin American Chamber of Commerce, where he also serves as vice president. Born in Santa Marta, Colombia, and raised in metropolitan Washington, D.C., Solano graduated from Columbia University in 1989 with a bachelor’s degree in English.