McNeely Pigott & Fox History

MPF-vintage-horizontal2McNeely & Associates was founded by Mark McNeely in 1987. He was soon joined by Mike Pigott and David Fox in 1988 and 1990, and the firm became McNeely Pigott & Fox. The three partners were all former newspaper reporters who saw an opportunity to apply their communication skills in the world of advocacy.

MP&F’s early clients included U.S. Senator Al Gore’s campaign for president in 1988 and ADT Automotive (now Manheim). In fact, Manheim remains an MP&F client to this day.

Katy Varney joined MP&F as a partner in 1993. In early 1994, the company directed the groundbreaking of the Nashville Arena, sparking a dramatic shift in the appearance of downtown Nashville.

Partner Keith Miles joined MP&F in 1995. That same year, Job Corps, a U.S. Department of Labor program, hired MP&F to carry out a small marketing plan to recruit more students in one of its regions. From that modest beginning, MP&F has increased its work for Job Corps, and today is the agency of record for the program nationwide.

In 1997, the Houston Oilers moved to Tennessee and hired MP&F to conduct a hugely successful campaign to approve funding for a downtown stadium in Nashville. The stadium opened two years later, and the Tennessee Titans went to the Super Bowl in their first season playing at the stadium (though MP&F can’t take credit for that).

In 2003, MP&F was honored to be named one of the best PR firms to work for by The Holmes Report. That same year, MP&F became the largest PR firm in the state, according to O’Dwyers.

McNeely Pigott & Fox marked its 20th anniversary in 2007 and established a satellite office in Washington, D.C.

In 2011, MP&F led the formation of the Tennessee Public Relations Alliance (TPRA).

In early 2012, MP&F celebrated when Alice Chapman and Andrew Maraniss, both longtime senior managers at MP&F, became partners of the firm.

MP&F has proved that, with vision, integrity and dedication, great things can be accomplished. The company’s history exemplifies its mission statement of “succeeding for our clients, being a great workplace and sharing our financial successes with every member of our team.”

Our dedicated and talented staff brings every weapon in the communications arsenal to the table for our clients. As our track record suggests, we know how to maximize the impact of our skills in media relations, social media strategy, event planning, grassroots campaigns, crisis communications and many other areas.

Katy Varney, partner

Keith Miles, partner

Keith Miles, partner

Alice Chapman, partner

Alice Chapman, partner

Andrew Maraniss, partner

Andrew Maraniss, partner