Mark McNeely, APR

Founding Partner/Of Counsel, MP&F Strategic Communications
Partner, McNeely Brockman Public Relations


Mark founded the firm in 1987 as a one-person consultancy after careers in journalism and politics, including four years as Capitol bureau chief for The Knoxville News Sentinel and a stint as then-U.S. Sen. Al Gore’s first state director.

More than 30 years later, he spun off a boutique PR firm, McNeely Brockman Public Relations, with his daughter, Kelly Brockman. The new firm is located within MP&F’s offices, and Mark continues to work for some MP&F clients.

Mark is a 1970 journalism graduate of the University of Tennessee–Knoxville, and served as a member of the Board of Visitors to the College of Communication and Information for 15 years, chaired the group from 2009 to 2011, and was appointed honorary board member in 2015. He was presented the Donald E. Hileman Distinguished Alumni Award in 2015 for outstanding contributions to the field of communications. In 2016, he was honored with the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Nashville Emerging Leaders IMPACT Award for his work in mentoring young professionals through the years. Mark has been recognized by the Nashville Women’s Political Caucus in its annual “Good Guys” Awards, was a member of the board of directors of the Nashville Downtown Rotary Club from 2014 to 2016 and was a member of the board of the Downtown Nashville Partnership for several years. He has also been active in the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and the local Public Relations Society of America chapter, which honored him in 2007 with the chapter’s annual Hercules Award for professional contributions to public relations.