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, a member of the Greenways for Nashville board and is a member of the PRSA Counselors Academy 2022 Executive Committee. A Nashville native, she enjoys being involved in her kids’ schools and extracurricular activities.
Lydia Lenker joined the staff of McNeely Brockman PR in November 2021 as Senior Advisor. Her media and communications career spans experience as a broadcast journalist, press secretary, director of civic leadership initiatives and consultant.
Lenker launched her journalism career in radio news, then transitioned to television. She was a political reporter and weekend anchor at CBS affiliate NewsChannel 5 in Nashville, and won an Emmy for “Best Weekend Newscast” in the Southeast region during her 13-year tenure.
Covering politics sparked a career change, and Lenker joined the gubernatorial campaign of candidate Phil Bredesen, serving as his press secretary. She continued to serve in that role when Bredesen was elected the 48th governor of Tennessee. In Bredesen’s recent U.S. Senate campaign, Lenker served as chief of staff to former First Lady Andrea Conte.
A move to higher education brought Lenker to Lipscomb University. She served as executive in residence and managing director of the Nelson and Sue Andrews Institute for Civic Leadership, and director of events and community engagement for the College of Leadership and Public Service. In her consulting work, Lenker’s clients have included Senior Ride Nashville, Main Street Nashville, the Metropolitan and Development and Housing Agency and Vine Street Christian Church.
Lenker is a summa cum laude journalism graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. She serves on the boards of the Rotary Club of Nashville and Senior Ride Nashville, and the Board of Advisors for Lipscomb University's Department of Communication and Journalism.
Honor Garrett joined McNeely Brockman Public Relations as an Account Assistant in May 2020. In July 2021, Garrett was promoted to Assistant Account Executive, then to Account Executive in May 2022. Prior to joining the team, Honor served as a Communications Intern at MP&F Strategic Communications in Nashville, Tenn., and was an Account Assistant at The Callaway in Nashville as well. She also had a handful of other internships throughout her college career. Garrett has experience in brand development, copy writing, event planning, and digital and social marketing.
Garrett 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. She is a current member of the Frist Museum’s Warhol Society and PRSA Nashville Chapter.
As someone with many places to call home, Garrett enjoys traveling, watching football games and baking homemade bread and desserts.
Jessi Grant, a Nashville native, has joined MBPR as an Executive Assistant. She has over 15 years of experience in communications, client relations and executive assistant work. Her previous experience includes 11 years as an administrative assistant at MP&F Strategic Relations.
When she’s not at the office, she can be found teaching reiki, baking cookies or hiking with her pup, Eva.
Olivia Blumb joined McNeely Brockman Public Relations as an account assistant in January 2022. Prior to joining MBPR, Blumb served as a Public Relations and Social Media Intern at Bader Rutter in Milwaukee, Wisc., Marketing Specialist and Booking Agent at Gresham Hill Management in Franklin, TN, Intern for Nashville-based Parthenon PR, and as an Intern at O’Connor Connective of De Pere, Wisc.
Blumb is a December 2021 graduate of Belmont University in Nashville, where she received a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations. During her time at Belmont, Blumb was an active member of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), including serving as president of Belmont’s chapter for the 2020-21 academic year.
A native of Green Bay, Wisconsin, Blumb enjoys playing golf, cooking the latest recipe she has discovered and traveling to see her family and friends.
Avery Foster first joined McNeely Brockman Public Relations in November 2021 to serve as the Tennessee Craft Brewer's Guild intern for the statewide "Farm to Tap" initiative. Foster then joined MBPR as an account assistant in June 2022. Prior to joining MBPR, Foster served as a Public Relations and Marketing intern at J. Herbison Communications in Memphis, Tennessee.
Foster is a May 2022 graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where she received a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and a minor in business administration. During her time at UTK, Foster was an active member of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) and served as Assistant Reference Officer of her sorority, Delta Delta Delta.
When not in the office, you can find the Knoxville-native trying local restaurants, working out or spending time with her pup, Cash.