McNeely Brockman Public Relations (MBPR) is a Nashville-based boutique communications firm that was opened in June 2018 by Mark McNeely, founder of MP&F Strategic Communications, and his daughter, Kelly Brockman.
MBPR is located within the MP&F offices and works with the established firm on several projects, but will also focus on high-level strategic communications, media relations and training, and crisis communications. It will have all of the full-service resources of the state’s largest locally owned PR and marketing communications firm, but have the flexibility to take on smaller, more focused assignments.
Mark founded MP&F in 1987 as a one-person consultancy after a career 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. Strategic planning, senior counseling and media relations are his specialties. He 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 an 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 IMPACT award for his work in mentoring young professionals through the years. He has been recognized by the Nashville Women’s Political Caucus in its annual “Good Guys” Award, was a member of the board of directors of the Nashville Downtown Rotary Club from 2014 to 2016 and served as a member of the board of the Downtown Nashville Partnership for more than 12 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.
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Kelly has 20 years’ experience in the corporate, nonprofit, government and public relations sectors and is a veteran in her own right. She specializes in crisis communication, internal communication, navigating local and state government, and media training. She led the media relations effort for the award-winning English-only campaign in Nashville; managed a team of storytellers that handled internal and external communications from news stories, newsletters, blog posts and social media channels for Tennessee State Parks and Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) ; worked on communicating policy changes in both metro and state government; and most recently served as the spokesperson on the “Transit for Nashville” transit referendum campaign.
Past positions include marketing manager of the Chattanooga Airport Authority and the Scarritt-Bennett Center in Nashville, communications director for the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance (2003-2008), senior account executive at MP&F (2008-2013), communications director for TDEC (2013-2016) and chief communications officer for the Metro Department of Public Works (2017). She is a 2000 graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
Contact Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Caroline Harris, originally from Cleveland TN., joins the MBPR team as a staff assistant in September. She is an August 2018 graduate from The University of Tennessee Knoxville, where she received a B.A. in Communication Studies.
During her time at UTK she was a member of the National Communication Honor Society and a media relations intern for the university’s athletic department.
Prior to MBPR, Caroline served as the government and public relations intern for Hall Strategies in Nashville. Her experience includes social media, media relations, and event management. She has worked with a broad range of clients in the technology, automotive manufacturing and non-profit industries.
Sarah Missimer, a native of Nashville, TN., joins MBPR as an account executive. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Science degree in communication, majoring in public relations minoring in business administration and psychology.
Previously, Sarah was a social media content strategist for The Tombras Group where she managed digital communication strategy and content development for her clients.