David Fox: “Everything Works Better When Your Focus Is on Serving Others”

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A Q&A With One of Nashville’s Most Admired CEOs By Tom Hayden As the son of a World War II fighter pilot, MP&F’s David Fox has been on a mission of service throughout his professional career and personal life. His devotion to service has led him to explore how he could best undertake his calling. After graduating from Vanderbilt University in 1972 amid the backdrop of the Vietnam War, the national political conventions and Watergate, he became a journalist working at The (Memphis) Commercial Appeal, Nashville Banner and United Press International. He also wrote three published, nonfiction books and numerous … Read More

2017 MP&F Year in Review

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When the Marine Corps needed a few good PR folks to provide strategic communications support for its annual Marine Week activities, the brass turned once again to the crack team at MP&F Public Relations. For the second year in a row – Nashville in 2016 and Detroit in 2017 – MP&F provided the Marines with a wide range of services, from event logistics and execution to advertising to media and community relations, as part of an integrated campaign promoting the Corps’ largest outreach program of the year. Throughout, we analyzed and reassessed to see how we could adjust and continue … Read More

MP&F’s Annual Retreat: Bonding, Reflecting and Planning

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We are intentional about the attention we give to our office culture. We want our team to be happy and fully engaged in our business. In the end, our clients reap the benefits. One centerpiece of our culture is our annual staff retreat. It is, and I say so confidently, the most highly anticipated MP&F event of the year. Retreat gives us a chance to take a collective breath to celebrate our clients’ successes, to bond and review the ups and downs of the past year. Perhaps more importantly, as a group that is obsessive about planning and delivering results, … Read More

Kickball and Halloween, a Great Pairing!

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We’re very deliberate about our office culture and place a high value on the health and well-being of our staff. After all, our motto is “Do Great Work, Have Fun, Make Money.” Whether it’s our just-held annual Halloween party, which many MP&F alumni attend, or the golden-toed Hackin’ Flacks showering glory on the office by winning the Mid-State Sports League’s Kickball Championship, we know how to have fun. Here is a blog in photos. MP&F Halloween Party                   The Hackin’ Flacks The Hackin’ Flacks in their championship glory celebrating a late-night 7–2 … Read More

Leadership and Accountability Lessons Can Be Fun

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My parents taught me about leadership and accountability, and I haven’t stopped learning and growing. I feel that I’m just as curious now as I was when I was younger. I enjoy seeing how leaders of different organizations, whether they’re in sports, government or business, teach leadership, goodwill and accountability. This recent article written by Gene Healey for the Chattanooga Times Free Press caught my eye. In short, the University of Tennessee–Chattanooga football team’s wide receivers coach gives his players two teachable moment options if they forget to bring their playbooks to a team meeting. Option 1 is to run, … Read More

It’s in the Asking …

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On the drive into the office today, I was listening to “Morning Edition” on our local NPR affiliate, WPLN, when they aired an interview with the editor and reporter of a high school newspaper in Washington state. The reporter, Teddy Fischer, saw Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis’ mobile phone number in a photograph and, in coordination with his editor, decided to reach out with an interview request. So, you’re thinking, ‘yeah, a reporter reached out to a government official for an interview. What’s the big deal?’ As someone in the communications world who has made hundreds of media pitches, I … Read More

The Results Are in Part 2 … 2017 IABC Music City Gold Pen Awards

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MP&F had a strong showing at the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Music City Gold Pen Awards ceremony last week at Noah Liff Opera Center. In total, for our work on behalf of our clients, we won nine awards of excellence and five awards of merit. Below is the list of MP&F’s winning projects. Award of Excellence Winners  Community Relations: nMotion Media Relations: Marine Week Nashville Digital Communications: Marine Week Nashville Community Relations Marine Week Nashville Marketing, Advertising and Brand Communication Marine Week Nashville Publications Marine Week Nashville Social Media Programs Marine Week Nashville Communication Research Marine Week Nashville … Read More

Corporate Social Responsibility, Advocacy and Branding

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An avid reader of the New York Times, I logged on to get my daily morning intake of business, environmental, science, political and world news. The first thing that grabbed my attention was a Patagonia call-to-action ad. It wasn’t imploring me to purchase any of Patagonia’s clothing; instead it was asking me to put my support behind the protection of public lands in Utah, an issue important to the company, its employees and, most likely, the vast majority of its audience (consumers). Patagonia is in the midst of an integrated communications campaign, using paid advertising, earned media and owned channels … Read More

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 McNeely. Here, Mark looks back on 30 years of MP&F and the firm’s successful model of transparency and inclusion. Create a culture of inclusivity “Two things my partners and I have learned to cherish as our firm celebrates its 30th anniversary are transparency and inclusion. We’ve always … Read More

Brantley and Solano Lead Discussions with Nashville Communicators

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Recently, MP&F Senior Vice President Jennifer Brantley and Vice President Javier Solano led separate industry-related information-sharing sessions with Nashville’s governmental, corporate and nonprofit communicators. Brantley was on a panel that discussed how best to create an outstanding Parthenon Award entry. The Parthenons are annual awards from the Nashville Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). Brantley led the MP&F team that won the 2016 Parthenon “Best-in-Show” award for the Kirkland’s #Christmasland Blogger Campaign. Also serving on a panel with Brantley were Shannon Sumrall, corporate communications manager, Metro Nashville Airport Authority; Crystal Ghassemi, APR, senior manager of public relations, … Read More