Katy Varney Named PRWeek Champion of PR

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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...]

An Inside Look at MP&F’s New Office Space

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MP&F Partner Katy Varney recently penned a guest column for the Nashville Business Journal about the firm’s new office space and how it’s an asset for clients and the future of the company, along with the reasoning for why we stayed downtown. If you’re interested in reading Katy’s column, please click here. To complement the column, the NBJ photographed the new space.  A 27-photo slideshow … [Read more...]

2015 in Review

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Happy New Year. May 2016 be productive and rewarding. Before it gets too far gone, though, I want to talk about 2015, a year like none I have ever experienced in my 28 years of PR agency work. 2015 was wrenching, heartbreaking and heartwarming. Our partner Mike Pigott’s untimely passing in June was a historic low for our company. We lost not only a great practitioner, but a great person. … [Read more...]

The Boss: Katy Varney, McNeely Pigott & Fox

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Katy Varney’s roots in Tennessee and Nashville political circles run deep. She took time off in college to work on Jimmy Carter’s presidential campaign, a stint that got her a job offer straight out of school from Ned McWherter. She served on McWherter’s staff when he was governor and most recently worked with Megan Barry on her successful mayoral campaign. Those ties put Varney in a unique and … [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...]

Recommended Weekend Reading

This weekend’s weather is looking good. Whenever you make it back inside from yard work, hiking, tailgating, fishing or shopping, grab your tablet and unwind with these links our staff was stuck on this week. Joanna Goddard’s entry from today on A Cup of Jo. Does the format look familiar? It should; that’s where we got this idea. The Washington Post’s annotated and fact-checked version of … [Read more...]