Congratulations to Chad Raphael, MP&F CFO, on being a finalist for the NBJ’s CFO-of-the-Year Award

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I am a big fan of accountants, an appreciation I developed back in the early 1990s when I worked with ADT Automotive and its CEO, Mike Richardson. Mike was/is an accountant who rose through the ranks at ADT to eventually run the company. He was a visionary whose deep financial knowledge underpinned every decision he made, and had much to do with the success of his company. At MP&F, the man with the accounting chops is CFO, Chad Raphael, who I am very happy to have nominated for the NBJ’s CFO-of-the-Year Award. When I became managing partner at MP&F several years … 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 contributed to the company’s success. Mark has invested in the professional development of each and every one of them. Mark also supports communications students through his relationships with universities across the state and continued support of communications scholarships. In … Read More

MP&F Awarded 2016 Top Workplace by the Tennessean

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I’m very proud to report that, for the fourth consecutive year, MP&F has been named a Top Workplace in Middle Tennessee by The Tennessean. What is especially gratifying is that the Top Workplaces list is based on the results of employee surveys. In speaking about the Top Workplace winners, Doug Claffey, CEO of WorkplaceDynamics, which administers the contest, said, “Time and time again, our research has proven that what’s most important to them [employees] is a strong belief in where the organization is headed, how it’s going to get there, and the feeling that everyone is in it together.” We work as … Read More

Missing Larry Daughtrey

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The news of Larry Daughtrey’s death was hard to take for those of us who knew him well, especially those of us who were also close to Larry’s good friend Mike Pigott, who passed away less than a year ago. Larry and Mike were a lot alike. Both were men of few words, but those words were always well-chosen. People hung on those words, sometimes literally. They were droll wits – old-school newspaper reporters who watched history unfold before them with a deadpan expression and summed things up with uncanny precision and brevity. Both preferred to do their talking through … Read More

Working With Good Research

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My colleagues Mark McNeely and Alice Chapman, along with an incredible MP&F team, have just completed a clean sweep of national awards honoring their work for the statewide “Red White and Food” campaign to allow the sale of wine in Tennessee retail food stores. Not only did they win “Best of Show” at the local Parthenon Awards last spring, they’ve just completed the trifecta of national awards – the SABRE Award, the Silver Anvil Award and the PRWeek Public Affairs Campaign of the Year award. For a Nashville public relations firm to claim all of these awards in one year … Read More

The Story of Perry Wallace Continues To Blaze Trails

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This time a year ago, MP&F partner Andrew Maraniss was waiting on pins and needles for his first book, “Strong Inside,” to be published. Now, he’s receiving phone calls from Ethel Kennedy and having his book mentioned along with those written by the likes of Alex Haley, Pat Conroy and John Lewis, which to say the least is a true honor for him and an incredible point of pride for everyone at MP&F. How he managed to write this book – over seven years of nights and weekends – without ever letting it affect his work as a partner in … Read More

Celebrating Decades in Downtown Nashville

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A version of this post also appeared in The Tennessean. By David Fox Congratulations to the Downtown Partnership as it celebrates its 20th anniversary. As a partner in a company that has operated in downtown Nashville since 1987, I can say that it has made a difference for our city to have an organization like the DP totally focused on making our downtown as functional and user-friendly as possible. As my partner Mark McNeely, who’s on the board of the DP, likes to say, “If you want to make a difference in this city, being downtown is a big advantage.” … Read More