August mixer: Summertime rooftop networking social

Summertime is here, and it’s time to celebrate! Join IABC Nashville August 15 for our summertime rooftop networking social, hosted by our dear friends at Waller Law.

Enjoy tasty libations, snacks and engaging conversation with fellow communications pros before heading over to Live on the Green at Public Square Park – just a short walk away!

Event information 

Waller Law
511 Union Street
27th floor patio
Nashville, TN 37219

Thursday, August 15, 2019
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Parking / transportation options: 
  • Ride share options: Uber / Lyft 
  • Waller Parking Garage on Union Street: All of P1 and P2 are open to all of our guests for $2. Guests are welcome to leave their cars if they choose to walk over to Live on the Green, but the public garage entrance will close. To get back to your vehicle, you can enter through the front entrance and take the elevator down to your respective floor. The guard will let you in, but in the event that he/she is away from the desk, you can buzz through the intercom.  
  • Open Lot (as part of the Waller Law building) on 6th Avenue
  • Valet at the Hermitage Hotel: $13 up to 2 hours, $18 over 2 hours.
  • Parking garages at the Library or McKenzie Methodist Church (one block away)

Reserve your spot on the rooftop

Members are FREE and non-members are $10 to attend! Prepay only. Registration will not be taken at the door. 

We can’t wait to see you there!

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A Poulet-zer Prized Mascot

A guest blog by Joe Diorio 

Fans of the Nashville Sounds know it’s not unusual to see a very different team on the field from one year to the next. Change is the nature of the game in the minor leagues as players move on to another team, or even to the major leagues.

But since April 17, 2015, one uniform for the Sounds has been consistently worn by the same individual. That would be “Booster the Rooster,” the Nashville hot chicken, who continues to be an integral part of the Sounds’ marketing and outreach efforts.

Booster is a goodwill ambassador for the Sounds, and he can be found at all the Sounds home games. He’s also frequently seen on the road, or on a Metro bus, or downtown on lower Broadway handing out tickets to Sounds home games. He appears at corporate events, charitable events, even the occasional private party. In early June he’s sure to be seen at more than a few events aligned with the CMA Music Festival, Nashville’s celebration of country music.

“Booster is what we like to call a ‘free range chicken’,” explains Buddy Yelton, mascot coordinator for the Sounds. “When he’s not here at the stadium he’s venturing out to downtown, saying hello to people who are out and about on their lunch break. He goes to schools, to the children’s hospital, charity runs and a lot of grass roots appearances, all the while spreading the word about Nashville Sounds baseball.” 

Although closely aligned with Nashville, Booster hasn’t appeared on another thing that’s closely associated with Nashville: he hasn’t been on a pedal tavern – yet. “He’s not against a pedal tavern,” Yelton says. “We just haven’t worked out the scheduling.”

The underlying, heck, the overt message is: Booster is all about fun. “Booster is a big kid. He can hang with the two-year-olds as well as the college kids and adults,” explains Yelton, who knows a thing or two about the team mascot after having been the mascot coordinator for the Sounds for the past 20 years.

Business entities choose many ways to market themselves. Mascots are a popular marketing tool for professional and collegiate sports teams, and Booster has established himself as the feathered face of the Sounds, the Pacific Coast League AAA minor league affiliate of Major League Baseball’s Texas Rangers. 

Booster came about, so the story goes, when the Sounds first moved to First Tennessee Park from Herschel Greer Stadium in 2015. Allegedly a Sounds souvenir baseball was accidentally knocked into a deep fryer containing chicken. “There was an explosion, and the next thing you knew there was Booster,” Yelton says.

The team likes to use social media to engage with fans and get a feel for Booster’s effectiveness. Follow @SoundsBooster on Instagram and Twitter and you can see where Booster will show up when he’s not at the Ballpark. You also can see who’s following him, and who “likes” or retweets his photos.

“It’s real grassroots marketing for us,” Yelton explains. The Sounds take photos of Booster with fans and post them to social media, and the fans often tag Booster in their posts. “It’s a 21st Century way for gauging our effectiveness,” Yelton says.

Yelton admits that while Booster seems immensely popular with fans, he sometimes gets confused with other mascots. When the Sounds play the Memphis Redbirds, for example, the minor league affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals, Memphis fans confuse booster for the Cardinals mascot, “Fredbird.” And occasionally, a youngster has thought Booster was Elmo from Sesame Street. 

“We haven’t done any DNA testing to see if Booster has any relationship to the San Diego Chicken, though,” Yelton says, with tongue planted firmly in cheek.

Booster is available for events. Just tweet him for details.

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Joe Diorio is a Nashville IABC member and a freelance writer, editor, and proofreader. You can sign up for his newsletter, “A Few Words About Words,” by visiting his website

Would you like to be a guest blogger?
Email us at iabcnashvilletn@gmail.com

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2019 Music City Gold Pen Awards

Come celebrate with the stars at the Music City Gold Pen Awards Luncheon! 

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 | 11:30am – 1pm

Noah Liff Opera Center, 3622 Redmon St, Nashville, TN 37209

Tickets are $45 for members, $55 for non-members, and $30 for students 

Register today

Join IABC Nashville for the 2019 Music City Gold Pen Awards luncheon, where we recognize the often unsung heroes who write, edit, create, and bring to life the many programs, special events, and powerful stories that punctuate life across Middle Tennessee. 

With over 25 awards categories, ranging from complex communications campaigns to single news articles (and much more!) you’ll get to celebrate with leading communications professionals and learn about their award-winning projects! 

Why should you attend? 

Even if you decided not to submit an entry, the Music City Gold Pen Awards ceremony is an event you won’t want to miss. Here’s why you need to be there:

  • Mix and mingle with leaders in communications, public relations, marketing, etc. from Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky
  • Learn about the award-winning communications projects and what made them successful
  • Gain exclusive insight about current communications trends, best practices, and how the industry’s stars are shaping our field for the future

 

Register today – We can’t wait to see you there! 

Check out our 2018 MCGPA photo gallery and see why this is an event you don’t want to miss! 

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United We Stand: Celebrating Local Diversity & Inclusion

IABC Nashville is excited to partner with Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Nashville Black Chamber of Commerce, and Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce, for our June 2019 networking mixer

Join communications professionals from Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky (and bring a friend!) as we celebrate diversity and inclusion over tasty libations, delicious bites, and engaging conversation. 

Where:
Union Station Hotel
1001 Broadway,
Nashville, TN 37203

When:
Thursday, June 20, 2019
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. 

Reserve your spot

It is $10 to attend, benefiting the Nashville LGBT Chamber! Prepay only. Registration will not be taken at the door.

IABC is the only place to connect with communicators globally. 

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Diversity + Inclusion Panel: A Communicator’s Guide to Modern Audiences

Me Too. Transgender Equality. Black Lives Matter. These are just some of the many news headlines we read about that impact our daily relationships. In today’s ever-changing work and social environments, what can communicators do to stay current and be mindful of all audience demographics?

Join us Wednesday, June 19 for an in-depth panel discussion with some of Nashville’s most well-respected diversity and inclusion experts as they share their insights on what communicators can do to create a positive and welcoming environment for their brands.

Panelists 

Joe Woolley
CEO, Nashville LGBT Chamber

Joyce Searcy
Director of Community Relations, Belmont University

Jade Sampson
Director of Talent Acquisition, AMSURG

Moderator:
Genma Holmes
Owner/Holmes Pest Control and CEO at GSH Consulting

Event information:

Location

Waller Law
511 Union Street, Suite 2700 
Nashville, TN 37219 

Schedule

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Networking
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Panel Discussion and lunch

Details

This discussion will include:

  • Understanding how current diversity + inclusion topics can impact your brand
  • How to “break the glass ceiling” and support trailblazers within your industry and the community
  • Crafting brand messaging that is organic and welcoming to all audiences
  • Integrating diversity + inclusion strategies to building teams, training employees, and empowering leaders

Parking / transportation 

  • Ride share options: Uber / Lyft 
  • Waller Law Parking Garage on Union Street (58 visitors spots) — validated by Waller Law. 
  • Open Lot (as part of the Waller Law building) on 6th Avenue
  • Valet at the Hermitage Hotel – $13 up to 2 hours, $18 over 2 hours.
  • Parking garages at the Library or McKenzie Methodist Church (one block away) 

Reserve your spot!

Register today – We can’t wait to see you there! 

Thank you to our sponsor!

Special thanks to our June 2019 luncheon sponsor: Holmes Pest Control.

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