Best Business Communication Work to be Honored at IABC Nashville 2016 Music City Gold Pen Awards

Apr 25, 2016, 12:31 ET from IABC Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn., April 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Nashville Chapter will present its 2016 Music City Gold Pen Awards, recognizing area professionals and agencies for their top communication projects, on Thursday, May 19, 6-7:30 p.m. at the Oak Room at Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery located at 1414 Clinton St, Nashville. The event’s emcee is April Eaton, host of the long-running popular program “Urban Outlook” on the NewsChannel5 Network.

MCGP FB Event image4The IABC Nashville 2016 Music City Gold Pen Awards reception and ceremony honors Middle Tennessee/Southwestern Kentucky area business communicators and provides an evening of networking, celebration and an opportunity to hear about award-winning projects in diverse categories that demonstrate excellence in creativity, effective strategy, and measurable results. Go to the IABC Nashville website to reserve your spot to attend this prestigious event.

This year marks a relaunch of the prestigious regional awards program, which honors individuals, agencies and companies who are leading the communication profession as measured by international quality and impact standards.

“This year’s awards program, which always showcases impressive entries, also provides an opportunity to connect with industry professionals who are setting new standards for communication excellence,” says IABC Nashville President Philip J. Matisak, ABC. “And, this year, the celebration is in a popular new venue, providing an appropriate setting to recognize the best, as well as providing an opportunity to enjoy a unique, historical and trendy atmosphere in our vibrant and growing city.”

Proudly sponsoring this year’s event is Lellyet & Rogers CompanyStagePost and Bernadette Ruby.

IABC Nashville is one of more than 100 chapters in 70 countries providing learning opportunities for its members and professional development sessions that offer new insights into the latest communication trends, technology and issues facing the industry. The chapter is diverse, with members representing area agencies, broadcast stations, corporations, universities and nonprofit organizations. IABC Nashville also offers ties to job bank services and the annual Music City Gold Pen Awards program. IABC is the only place to connect with communicators globally. Connect here. Go Anywhere!






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IABC Nashville Announces 2016 Board

The Nashville Chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) has announced the election of new officers for 2016. The new board will officially assume their roles Jan. 1. The IABC/Nashville Executive Board governs the operations of the local chapter, leads strategic planning, professional and member development efforts. This new slate is comprised of highly experienced communicators representing a variety of industries, including senior living, health care, and higher education. The 2016 Executive Board members include:


President – Phil Matisak, ABC, UPS (retired)

Past President – Jennifer Fuqua, Meridian Surgical Partners

President-Elect– Tom Kenley, The Rogers Group

Secretary – Glenda Betts, TVA (retired)

Vice President of Finance – Paul Ladd, World Christian Broadcasting

Vice President of Membership – Gene Boulware, The Vincit Group

Vice President of Communications – Misty Moore, HCA

Vice President of Professional Development – Genma Holmes, Holmes Pest Control, GSH Consulting, LLC

Vice President, Awards – Tom Kenley, The Rogers Group

Vice President At-Large – Julie Davis, Brookdale Senior Living Solutions, Inc.

Vice President-At-Large – Stacey Gish, Western Kentucky University

Vice President-At-LargePaul Lindsley, MA, ABC, Phase 3 Marketing & Communications


“I look forward to working with some of Nashville’s top communications professionals to offer industry insight, outstanding speakers and networking opportunities to Nashville-area communications professionals,” said Phil Matisak, newly-elected president and former Human Resource Manager at UPS. “The IABC Nashville Chapter has established itself as a leader among professional groups for communicators and I plan to focus our chapter’s efforts on enhancing member engagement and continuing to grow this dynamic chapter.”

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Lunch & Learn Oct 21: “How to Respond?” Handling Negative Comments, Controversies and Crisis on Social Media

Crisis gone viral? Catching criticism on Facebook?twitter_breakout1Facebook-broken Learn how to weather the storms of social media at this interactive session featuring Nashville experts in social media, PR and online engagement. Panelists include:
  • Beth Tallent – Vice President of Public Relations, The Dave Ramsey Show
  • David Plazas – Opinion Engagement Editor, The Tennessean
  • Jennifer Brantley – Senior Vice President, McNeely, Pigott & Fox Public Relations
  • Moderated by Mimi Bliss – Owner, Bliss Communications

When: Wednesday October 21, 2015 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM CDT

Where: Maggiano’s – 3106 West End Ave., Nashville, TN 37203

Click Here to Register Now!

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Diana Marsh to Discuss Marketing Technology at Sept. 16 Professional Development Luncheon

Contact:  Misty Moore, VP Communications,

Diana Marsh to Discuss Marketing Technology at Sept. 16 IABC Nashville Professional Development Luncheon

diana_marsh_the_a_groupNASHVILLE, Tenn.– IABC Nashville welcomes professional communicators to its Sept. 16 professional development luncheon to learn how speaking the language of technology can improve marketing communications. Guest speaker Diana Marsh, executive vice president of The A Group, will share tips and ideas for finding clarity in the convergence of marketing and technology. Register online before Sept. 12 for a reduced rate!

IABC Nashville’s monthly professional development luncheon takes place at Maggiano’s Little Italy, located at 3106 West End Avenue. During the 11:30 a.m. presentation,  Marsh will:

  • Identify technology fundamentals for marketing
  • Define practical technology terminology
  • Share ideas for working with a technical team

“We’re excited to have Diana share her presentation on the convergence of marketing and technology, said IABC Nashville president Jennifer Fuqua. “With more than 20 years of marketing, technology and client service experience, she will undoubtedly offer our attendees new ideas for embracing technology and partnering with technology experts to enhance communications.”

Through IABC’s professional development luncheons, members and guests enjoy networking opportunities each month, learn from knowledgeable guest speakers and receive integral information on how to improve communication skills. Luncheons are held each month, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and the cost to attend is $25 for members, $30 for LinkedIn and non-members, and $20 for students until Sept. 12. The price increases by $5 after that time. Register now or visit IABC Nashville’s website.

IABC Nashville is one of more than 100 chapters in 70 countries providing learning opportunities for its members and professional development sessions that offer new insights into the latest communication trends, technology and issues facing the industry. The chapter is diverse, with members representing area agencies, broadcast stations, corporations, universities and nonprofit organizations. IABC Nashville also offers ties to job bank services and the annual ‘Gold Pen’ communication awards program.

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April 20 Getting Your Business Narrative Told Lunch

Attendees at the April 20 Luncheon had the opportunity to hear Lori Becker, editor in chief at the Nashville Business Journal, share her insights on how to get their business narrative written and told.



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Public Relations Coordinator – Phase 3 Marketing & Communications

Phase 3 logoJob description

The Public Relations Coordinator is responsible for coordinating and facilitating client work flow by providing administrative, budgetary and work flow support to meet client needs, include responding to client phone calls, emails, Facebook or other social media tool messages, list building services for managing on-and-offline journalists and reporters, managing production and creative deadlines related to special events; and monitoring and maintaining PR, media, and social media placements to ensure continued progress of client work.

A successful PR Coordinator will demonstrate a desire to learn everything about the agency’s business, the ability to manage several projects at once, the ability to anticipate and rapidly respond to the needs of the client and the account team and display a positive, team-oriented attitude.

Job Responsibilities:

As directed by the supervisor, a Public Relations Coordinator will:

  • Facilitate communication between client and agency team
  • Communicate accurately about timelines, reporter deadlines, and budgets
  • Prepare clip reports, monitoring online and offline coverage
  • Obtain approvals from clients when needed to purchase television, radio or print clips
  • Prepare special event production estimates and obtain client approvals
  • Ensure all reporter deadlines are met, drawing attention of supervisor to potential problems before they occur
  • Maintain complete and accurate digital and hard copy files on all media lists, pitch documents, press releases, and outreach (including documentation of approvals), marketing and media plans and client correspondence.
  • Proofread copy, agency and printers’ proofs as requested (for things such as media news rooms on websites or special events for clients)
  • Organize and prepare for both client and internal meetings
  • Write contact reports and other client communications
  • Maintain weekly status reports

Job Requirements:

  • Minimum 4 year college degree in marketing, public relations, English, advertising or related field
  • Working knowledge of a PC and Microsoft Office software
  • Expert relationship building skills
  • Working knowledge of Associated Press (AP) writing standards
  • Candidate must work well in a fast paced, deadline oriented environment; have strong organizational and problem solving skills; must have very good attention to detail; and must be able to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • 8am – 6pm office hours

Salary Range:

  • Competitive base Salary plus Bonus
  • $50 per Month Cell Phone Reimbursement
  • Health Benefits
  • 401(k) Plan

This job description does not, nor is it intended to, represent an exhaustive listing of all duties, tasks or responsibilities for the position listed.

Visit the official LinkedIn posting to apply.

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IABC Nashville Takes Awards Seriously!

By:  Tom Kenley, Vice President Awards, President Elect

Tom Kenley3When I see someone dressed in a military uniform, I show respect for their service. When I see someone in military uniform with multiple medals on his or her chest, I tend to sit up a little straighter and ask myself if I should salute (even though I’ve never had the honor of serving in the military). I also look at each distinct medal and think, What was that one for? It must have been for something extraordinary.

Professional athletes, actors and musicians have entire rooms set aside to house the trophies, plaques and ribbons that mark their ascendance to the top of their fields, each item commemorating a separate accomplishment. Each one of these professionals set their sights on being the best in their field, and awards serve as a “tip of the hat” from the industry acknowledging their achievements.

Medals and trophies are symbols of excellence and accomplishment. They also benchmark progress in a field. That’s why we on the board of IABC Nashville have taken so seriously the rebranding and relaunching of the Music City Gold Pen Awards.

[As you may recall, we decided to move the awards program from the fall to the spring in order to align with the awards programs of IABC’s regional awards (the Silver Quills) and international awards (the Gold Quills). If a project does well at the chapter level, this new alignment allows that same project to be refined and submitted for the higher level awards.]

MC-Gold-PensTo reintroduce the Music City Gold Pen Awards, IABC Nashville is pulling out all the stops to make sure that the excellence shown in the work of communication professionals throughout the middle Tennessee and southeastern Kentucky area gets the credit it deserves. And you will want to be there when it happens on May 19 — trust me!

During the awards presentations, we will give a description of the winning projects, outlining specific challenges and solutions. It will be a great place to pick up a few pointers you could take back to your team to apply to your own projects. So, I encourage you to bring a co-worker or two.

This will be the perfect time to connect with other communications professionals too. IABC Nashville has a diverse membership, representing PR firms, marketing agencies, communications departments of large companies, and many independent contractors (copywriters, consultants, etc.). Networking is one of the main functions of our association, and the Music City Gold Pen Awards will serve up plenty of opportunities to connect with industry leaders.

greenbrierWe’ve chosen an exciting venue run by people who know what excellence is, Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery. Although the company has a history dating back to the 1800s, the current distillery is less than 10 years old. It has a fascinating story. If you come to the awards celebration on May 19 (and you really should), come a little early and take a tour of the plant and hear the generations-old tale of the Nelson family and the little distillery that could. Green Brier’s Belle Meade Bourbon is itself an award-winning product that is gaining quite the following among bourbon and whiskey aficionados.

True to our Nashville home, we will have live music at the event. Watch our social media feeds (listed here) for more details as we finalize those arrangements.

So, we have a great venue lined up, plenty of food and drink, and live music. The only thing that’s missing at this point? You!

Click here to learn more or register today!

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Member Spotlight – Paul Lindsley

On a continuous basis, IABC Nashville spotlights its diverse members through a Q&A feature. We are pleased to showcase Paul Lindsley, ABC, director of public relations at Phase 3 Marketing and Communications in Nashville. Paul currently serves as a vice president-at-large for IABC Nashville and serves on the IABC’s Southern Regional Board of Directors as their vice president of chapter relations.

Paul Lindsley head shotIABC: What is your background?

LINDSLEY: After earning a Bachelor of Science in broadcast journalism, I began my career in TV news working as a photographer, reporter, producer and assignment manager at WAAY TV in Huntsville, Ala., and then assignment manager at Fox 13 in Memphis, Tenn.. After more than eight years in TV news, I decided to transition to public relations.

I started my PR career at Opryland Hotels/Gaylord Entertainment as their senior manager of communications promoting the Nashville property, as well as pre-opening PR efforts for Gaylord Hotels in Florida, Texas and Washington D.C. I then went on to Saint Thomas Hospital where I served as the director of communications for 10 years. In September 2011, I began working at HealthStream in Nashville as their communications manager, but after 14 months, I was recruited by Sullivan Branding to start a PR division in their Nashville agency office.

I received my Master of Arts in Corporate Communication from Austin Peay State University and have been an Adjunct Professor for Austin Peay State University since 2009.

IABC: What is your current position and business affiliation? How long have your been in this role?

LINDSLEY: Prior to being named director of public relations at Phase 3 Marketing & Communications in Nashville, I served as vice president of public relations at Sullivan Branding, a full service communications, branding, marketing and public relations agency in Nashville and Memphis for nearly three years. In September 2015, Phase 3 acquired Sullivan Branding Nashville.

IABC: What makes your business/organization stand out?

LINDSLEY: With offices in Atlanta, Charleston, Charlotte, Dallas, and Nashville, Phase 3 Marketing & Communications is a leading provider of marketing services and solutions from IDEATION to EXECUTION to corporations throughout the United States. Instead of companies having multiple vendors for marketing, PR, social media, website development, branding and printing, we provide all of those services representing brands with integrated marketing solutions.

IABC:  If you could describe yourself in three (3) words, what would it be?

LINDSLEY:  Storyteller, Promoter, Experienced

IABC:  Tell something about yourself people would be surprised to learn.

LINDSLEY:  As a reporter in Huntsville, Ala., I had the opportunity to interview the commander of the Space Shuttle Columbia while he was in space.

IABC:  What lesson(s) have you learned along the way that you believe has made you a better communications professional?

  • You don’t know everything, you never will.
  • Be a good listener, it’s essential to getting the whole picture.
  • While I was at Opryland Hotel, we had a service promise mantra which I still use today. When I reply to client’s requests, I state, “Consider it done.” There’s nothing more impactful than keeping a promise.
  • Be kind, always.

IABC:  What makes an effective communications leader?

LINDSLEY:  Someone who listens, helps determine messages and audiences. Leaders promote, protect and publicize other’s good works.

IABC:  What do you feel is the greatest benefit of IABC?

LINDSLEY:  There are many benefits, networking on an international level, education, learning from other’s good efforts, tools to advance your career and a professional standard to live by.

IABC:  What prompted you to join IABC?

LINDSLEY:  In every PR job I have ever had I have been responsible for internal, external, PR, media relations, community relations, reputation management and crisis communication. No other professional organization meets all of my needs as a communications professional. IABC members are often a one-man-band, and the variety of development and leadership opportunities across the communications career field are critical to success.

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