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 Varney is proof that effective PR pros can do great things. In her 24 years as partner at MP&F Public Relations in Nashville, Varney has built a strong background in government affairs, communications, and building coalitions. She’s led grassroots campaigns supporting a … 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 can be found here. (A paid online subscription is required to read the column and view the photos.)

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. There is not a day that has gone by since June 29 that I have not wanted to ask his advice or opinion on something related to our company, our … 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 powerful position. She’s a close adviser to Barry and also a partner in Nashville’s second-largest public relations firm, McNeely Pigott & Fox. In her spare time, you’ll likely find Varney baking. Read the Nashville Business Journal’s … 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 you wishing you were there. That first year, when the company was just six years old, 13 of us spent two days at Adams-Edgeworth Inn in Monteagle, Tenn. … Read More