Mark founded MP&F Strategic Communications 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.
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 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, Mark 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.
Mark 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.
Since founding MBPR with her father in June 2018, she’s managed the community outreach, branding and media relations efforts for the Solid Waste Disposal Authority of the City of Huntsville’s new curbside recycling program, Recycling Alliance of North Alabama (RANA). She’s also managed media relations efforts for Amazon, Inc. during its efforts to obtain state and local incentives for a new regional headquarters in Nashville in the spring of 2019. Her day-to-day work includes consulting with clients on their communications goals and strategies, whether it’s an engineering firm working on a new project, navigating mergers and internal changes in organizations or assisting in a grand opening event.
Prior to launching MBPR, 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 served as the spokesperson on the “Transit for Nashville” transit referendum campaign in 2018.
Brockman is a 2000 graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She has two children, Ella and Austin and is married to Brian, a Nashville Firefighter. She’s on the advisory board for Nashville Children’s Alliance and is a member of the Greenways for Nashville board. A Nashville native, she enjoys being involved in her kids’ schools and extracurricular activities.
Staci Kirpach is a communications strategist with 15 years’ experience in the corporate, nonprofit, and entertainment sectors. She has cross-functional expertise in community and media relations, crisis communication, civic engagement, strategic planning, program development, fundraising counsel, and event management.
Prior to joining McNeely Brockman Public Relations, she advanced the work of more than 70 companies and causes as a consultant in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. In Texas, Kirpach was heavily involved in community work dedicating time to her own nonprofit, The SHINE Initiative, in addition to serving on several boards and committees including Vision Fort Worth, Steer Fort Worth, Girls Inc., Foodie Philanthropy, the Boys and Girls Club, Blue Zones Project, and more.
She was recognized by both the Fort Worth Business Press’ CEO Magazine and the Better Business Bureau of Fort Worth and Tarrant County’s as a “Woman to Watch”.
Kimberly Honiball joined McNeely Brockman PR in October 2019. Prior to joining the team, Kim served as the Communications Lead at Frist Cressey Ventures and as a Junior Web Consultant at Atiba Software. She has experience in digital marketing, social media strategy, event planning, design layout, and copy writing and editing.
Kim graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Strategic Communications from Elon University in 2017. In addition to her work at MBPR, she serves on the Board of Trustees for the Nashville Children’s Theatre and as a Board Member of the Nashville Junior Chamber of Commerce.
Honor Garrett joined McNeely Brockman PR in May 2020. Prior to joining the team, Honor served as a Communications Intern at MP&F Strategic Communications and as an Account Assistant at The Callaway in Nashville. She has experience in brand development, copy writing, event planning, and digital and social marketing.
Honor graduated from the University of Georgia in 2019 where she received a bachelor’s degree in Consumer Journalism with an emphasis in Advertising and a certificate in New Media Studies.