View From 30: Creating a Culture of Inclusivity

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MP&F is a longtime member of the Public Relations Society of America’s Counselors Academy, an organization whose purpose is to enable collaborative peer relationships among senior-level public relations counselors. Counselors Academy board president Tom Garrity’s February blog post celebrated two member agencies celebrating 30 years in business and included reflections from MP&F’s Mark … [Read more...]

Mark McNeely Honored as the Nashville Emerging Leader 2016 Impact Award Winner

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MP&F’s founding partner, Mark McNeely, was recently presented with the Nashville Emerging Leader 2016 Impact Award by YP Nashville and the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce. The award honors a top Nashville leader who has made a significant impact on guiding and mentoring young professionals in the community. Since MP&F’s doors opened in 1987, hundreds of PR pros and interns have … [Read more...]

Tested. Tried. True. Business advice from Mark McNeely

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Back in 2011, my friend Gini Dietrich asked me and several of our marketing and PR colleagues nationally to write one-pagers for a book she was working on titled “Dear CEO: Letters to the C-Suite from Experts on Vision, Culture, Community, and Integration.” The advice was to help organizations make it through the Great Recession. My one-pager was in the Community section. In total, there are … [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...]

Mark McNeely Honored by University of Tennessee College of Communication and Information

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MP&F Co-Founder and Senior Partner Mark McNeely has been awarded the 2015 Donald G. Hileman Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Tennessee’s College of Communication & Information. The award, established in 1994, is given annually to an alumnus who has made notable contributions in the field of communication. Mark will be honored at a Nov. 6 banquet in Knoxville. A list of … [Read more...]

Memories of Mike

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The Gerst House. Nov. 8, 1988. Election Day. Mike Pigott’s 34th birthday. George Bush was elected president that day. It was the day and place Mike and I sealed the deal to go into business together, therefore one of the scariest days of my life, but also one of the best days of my life. They buried my friend and partner Mike last week, and the grief and emotions have been nonstop, … [Read more...]

BREAKING: MP&F PR Releases Five Interns Into the Wild

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By Dan Schlacter FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 8, 2014 NASHVILLE – Area public relations agency MP&F this week released five interns back into their natural habitats. Andrea Cano, Amanda Gambill, Margaret McCarthy, Nikolet Juhasz and David Gordon will begin fall semesters at Middle Tennessee State University (Cano and Gambill), Indiana University (McCarthy), Auburn University (Juhasz) and … [Read more...]

The Story of Bud Adams and MP&F

By Mike Pigott Our company’s long-lasting relationship with Bud Adams and the Tennessee Oilers/Titans started quietly with a couple of phone calls and then a hastily called meeting in a Memphis hotel room before an Oilers game in Memphis against the Washington Redskins in 1997. My partners Mark McNeely and Dave Cooley were at the meeting at the Memphis Hilton, and Mr. Adams, who died on Monday at … [Read more...]