IABC Nashville Announces 2018 Officers

The Nashville Chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators is proud to announce that our members have elected new officers for 2018. The new board members will be introduced at IABC Nashville’s January luncheon at Maggiano’s on West End.

This new slate is comprised of highly experienced communicators representing a variety of industries, including health care, public relations, media production strategy, transportation, consulting and higher education.

·      President – Gene Boulware, the Vincit Group
·      President-ElectSarah Loeffler, Tanner Corporate Services
·      Past-PresidentTom Kenley, Rogers Group Inc.
·      SecretaryMollye Dietrich, HCA
·      Vice President-FinanceLysa Rigo
·      Vice President-Membership – Sarah Loeffler, Tanner Corporate Services
·      Vice President-Professional DevelopmentRyan Stout, Astute Communications
·      Vice President-CommunicationsBrandon Mize, Treeline Bamboo Partners
·      Vice President at LargeGenma Holmes, Holmes Pest Control, GSH Consulting, LLC
·      Vice President at LargeMisty Moore, HCA
·      Vice President at LargeJennifer Fuqua, Jarrard Phillips Cate & Hancock
·      Vice President at LargePhil Matisak, ABC, UPS (retired)
·      Vice President at Large – K. Dawn Rutledge, Tennessee State University
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Digital Workplace Strategies for Employee Communications | Nashville

November 7 – 9, 2017 | Nashville, TN

Using the latest tools to drive engagement, strengthen your culture, improve productivity, and re-energize your organization

Pre-Conference Workshop Day: Tuesday, November 7
Main Two Day Conference: Wednesday, November 8 – Thursday, November 9

Since our Chapter is supporting this conference, IABC Nashville members who register will receive a $200 discount! When registering use the code “IABC Nashville”.

At the event, you will learn about the latest tools and technologies that are engaging employees across various organizations in NEW ways – to help you get better results tied to your organization’s business strategy and goals.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to be surrounded by your internal and employee communications peers, learn best practices from leading organizations, and walk away with practical tips and tools to implement when you return to the office! 

Visit the ALI conference website to learn more!

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IABC Nashville is Named 2017 Small Chapter of the Year; Invites Area Communicators to March 15 Lunch

NASHVILLE, Tenn., March 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The Nashville Chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators, which was recently named IABC’s “2017 Small Chapter of the Year,” invites communications professionals from all industries to its March 15 professional development lunch at Maggiano’s Little Italy in Nashville. Registration is now open for the 11:30 a.m.1 p.m. event.

Attendees to the March 15 event, “Expanding Your Circle of Influence,” will hear from Cheryl Read, president of Cheryl L. Read & Associates. Read, who has more than 30 years of experience in brand marketing, communications and relationship management, will share her advice on seeking out new connections, building relationships and ultimately expanding your Circle of Influence. The cost to attend is $30 for members, $40 for non-members and $25 for students.

Throughout her corporate and financial experience, Read spent 29 years with Tennessee-based HCA, the nation’s leading provider of healthcare services. Her responsibilities included all division communications, marketing management, diversity and inclusion and community relations at HCA working specifically with the hospitals located in Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, Virginia, and Georgia.

IABC Nashville won the 2017 Small Chapter of the Year award at the Feb. 23 International Association of Business Communicator’s 2017 Chapter Management Awards in Dallas, Texas. Additionally, the chapter won two Chapter Management Awards (CMAs) in the categories of Event Management and Communication Management.

This year’s accolades were due in large part to the chapter’s efforts to communicate the rebranding of its Music City Gold Pen Awards and organization of the awards gala that was held in May at the Oak Room at Greenbrier Distillery. This is the chapter’s second consecutive year of being recognized for Chapter Management achievement. In 2016, IABC Nashville’s efforts to incorporate new branding to align with the association’s new guidelines earned the chapter a CMA in Communication Management.

“IABC is the only place where professional communicators can connect globally network, and we are proud to be a part of that network,” said IABC Nashville President Tom Kenley. “These projects required a lot of hard work and dedication over the past few years, and we are especially proud that IABC recognized those efforts.”

ABOUT IABC NASHVILLE
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. To learn more visit nashville.iabc.com.

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IABC Nashville Announces 2017 Officers; Invites Area Communicators to Cabana’s on Jan. 18 for “The State of the News Media”

Originally published as: “IABC Nashville Invites Area Communicators to Cabana’s on Jan. 18 for “The State of the News Media”; Announces 2017 Officers” on PRNewsire

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Jan. 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The Nashville Chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators has elected new officers for 2017. The new board members will be introduced at IABC Nashville’s Jan. 18 luncheon at Cabana’s in Hillsboro Village. MP&F Vice President Javier Solano will present “The State of the News Media.” Area communicators are invited to register online today.

The 2017 executive board members include:

  • President – Tom Kenley, Rogers Group Inc.
  • Past President – Phil Matisak, ABC, UPS (retired)
  • President-Elect – Gene Boulware, the Vincit Group
  • Secretary – Jennifer Fuqua, Meridian Surgical Partners
  • Vice President of Finance – Lysa Rigo, Ingram Barge Company
  • Vice President of Membership – Sarah Loeffler, Tanner Corporate Services
  • Vice President of Communications – Brandon Mize, StagePost
  • Vice President of Professional Development – Gene Boulware, The Vincit Group
  • Vice President, Awards – Mike Machak, Corporate Communications Consultant
  • Vice President At-Large – Genma Holmes, Holmes Pest Control, GSH Consulting, LLC
  • Vice President At-Large – Misty Moore, HCA
  • Vice President At-Large – Sherry Roberts, MTSU

This new slate is comprised of highly experienced communicators representing a variety of industries, including health care, public relations, video production, transportation, consulting and higher education.

“I look forward to working with some of the state’s top communications professionals to offer industry insight, outstanding speakers and networking opportunities to Nashville-area communications professionals,” said Tom Kenley, newly-elected president.

At the Jan. 18 event, Solano will take attendees through the key findings from the Pew Research Center in Washington, D.C., share takeaways from the 2016 election and explain what it all means for communicators who depend on the power and bandwidth of earned media. For more, visit the IABC Nashville website.

ABOUT IABC/NASHVILLE
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. To learn more visit nashville.iabc.com.

 

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IABC Nashville Board Members “Connect” In Atlanta

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(l.-r): Misty Moore, Genma Holmes, Gene Boulware, Paul Lindsley, and Tom Kenley

The IABC Southern Region recently held their annual conference, Connect16, at the Coca-Cola headquarters in Atlanta, Ga. IABC Nashville was well represented by five board members. Two of them, Genma Holmes, VP of professional development, and Misty Moore, VP of communications, share more about their experience and why this a great way to connect, learn and grow as professional business communicators. Other IABC board members in attendance included:

Pictured (L to R): Misty Moore, VP of communications (HCA), Genma Holmes, VP of professional development (Holmes Pest Control), Gene Boulware, VP of membership (Vincit Group), Paul Lindsley, VP-at-large (Phase 3 Marketing and Communications, and Tom Kenley, president elect and VP of awards (Rogers Group Inc).

What was your primary reason for attending?

GH:  To network and to gain more knowledge about the leadership in IABC. It is so important to have an understanding of the culture of an organization and how your talents maybe compliment the organization.

MM:  I attended the event because it’s a great opportunity to meet like-minded communications professionals and reconnect with those I’ve met during previous events. It’s also a great way to learn about current trends in communications and best practices used by some of the nation’s top communicators.

What were 2-3 takeaways you received from the meeting?

GH:  

  1. Communication at every level is vital to your business and the perception of your business.
  2. Learning something new never gets old.
  3. My preferred methods of communicating with others is face to face and via phone was affirmed. The human touch is not dead in a society extremely dependent on digital communications.

MM:  I learned about the power of benchmarking. From several of the presentations, I gathered great best practices that I could bring back to my organization to tweak and apply in current communications efforts. I also enjoyed the chance to see how other communicators shared their work and ideas. Watching great presentations and observing effective presenters allows you to improve your personal public speaking skills.

What was your favorite part about the conference?

GH:  The Silver Quills Award ceremony. I promise to enter every year from this day forward. It was extremely motivating to see great marketing at its best!

MM:  A natural socialite, my favorite part of any conference is always networking. I love the opportunity to meet fellow communicators and others throughout the country. I enjoy learning about them, as well as their work and organizations. However, I must comment on this year’s keynote speaker, Kenn Kington. He was absolutely a great speaker with an uncanny ability to infuse optimism into any situation. He spoke about success and how communicators could succeed by being FAIR. He said successful people use filters to focus, have the ability to anticipate the future, take initiative and take responsibility for their actions.

What surprised you about your experience?

GH:  Meeting and having one on one with John Gregory Clemons, a communications giant and this0 year’s Hall of Famer. I have followed his career for years and was grateful to be able to get advice and encouragement from him. Also, time with our International Chair, Dianne Chase. Lastly, everyone knows I own a pest control company which tells me that my work is not going unnoticed.

MM:  I was surprised by the beauty and atmosphere at Coca-Cola’s headquarters. It was an amazing facility! In addition to being more secure than Fort Knox (and I’m serious), it was filled with great lighting and Coke-themed artwork, bright paint and quiet glass-walled enclaves (to catch up on email or work, if needed). Not to mention, we were treated with an unlimited supply of Coke products in your choice of glass, can or soda fountain.

How can Nashville IABC members benefit from attending the Southern Region conference?

GH:  Whether working for yourself or another company, the networking can lead to genuine relationships and is worth the price of membership. I love getting feedback on upcoming programs that I am planning and how it will help leverage not only my work in the field of communications but in my company, Holmes Pest Control.

MM:  Members and non-members alike can benefit in many ways. As I’ve mentioned, attendees have the opportunity to select from a number of presenters according to their personal needs and preferences. I’ve never walked out of a session and said, “I simply didn’t learn anything.” Additionally, there’s so much opportunity to network and meet like-minded professionals and establish relationships that will benefit them for years to come.

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