2021 In Charge – Marketing

Each year, our In Charge list brings together business, political and civic leaders from all corners of the Middle Tennessee landscape. This year's list is our 12th iteration and features roughly 500 people driving change across the region. We thank our friends and colleagues at the Scene and Nfocus for their help in creating it.


Jeff Bradford

President and CEO, Bradford Dalton Group: Has worked in the industry since 1985 and last year merged his 20-year-old firm into the Atlanta-based Dalton Agency. Among the youngest individuals inducted (1991) into Leadership Nashville.

Clint Brewer

Managing Partner, Imperium Public Strategies: Communications industry veteran with expertise in politics, journalism and marketing. Former Tennessean government and politics editor, City Paper editor and executive director of Beacon Center.

Jeffrey Buntin Jr.

President and CEO, The Buntin Group: Leads Tennessee’s largest communications agency, which relocated in 2019 its 110 employees from Gulch-area building to former Tennessee Central Railway train shed.

Libby Callaway

Founder and Principal, The Callaway: Oversees communications agency offering branding, event execution, marketing and PR focused on companies in fashion, beauty, retail and hospitality. New York Post writer and editor from 1997 to 2004.

Alice Chapman

Managing Partner, MP&F: Joined MP&F in 1995 as staff associate and elevated to partner in 2011. Led firm’s successful campaign supporting wine sales in Tennessee’s retail food stores on behalf of Red White and Food coalition.

Beth Seigenthaler Courtney

Managing Partner, Southeast, Finn Partners: Assumed role in early 2019 with what had been DVL Siegenthaler. Firm counts Jack Daniel’s and NES among its clients.

Shari Day

President and CEO, BOHAN: Promoted in November 2015 from president/COO to CEO, replacing Kerry Graham. Joined the advertising and marketing agency firm in 2010 as senior VP for operations and planning.

Jamie Dunham

Founder and President, BrandWise: Veteran marketing and branding advisor whose client roster includes HCA and Twice Daily. Founder of Red Letter Day event focused on marketing to women.

John Farkas

CEO and Founder, Golden Spiral: Oversees marketing team geared toward assisting B2B technology companies. Company is a supporter of Women in Technology of Tennessee and offers client roster that includes Kasisto, Digital Reasoning and Socure.

David Fox

Partner, MP&F: Former reporter who once worked on the presidential campaigns of Howard Baker and Jimmy Carter. Joined MP&F as partner in 1990 and specializes in strategic planning and media relations.

Rob Henderson

CEO, JumpCrew: Has grown marketing and sales generation company to more than 300 people since launching in 2016 and moving here from New York City. Last year moved team to MetroCenter from former Dickerson Road home.

Keel Hunt

President and Founder, The Strategy Group: Politics and media veteran who has consulted for some of Tennessee’s largest institutions, including HCA, Pilot, Ingram Industries and BellSouth. Noted author and columnist.

Jeff Lipscomb

Co-owner and CEO, GS&F: Teams with right-hand-man Gregg Boling to oversee Cummins Station-based integrated marketing agency that employs more than 115 people and has capitalized billings of more than $76 million. Has been with company since 1985.

Rosemary Plorin

President and CEO, Lovell Communications: Joined firm that focuses on health care in 2000 and took over as its leader in 2015. In mid-2019 relocated team from longtime Green Hills home to space on West End.


Lauren Reed

President and Founder, Reed Public Relations: Launched her firm five years after moving to Nashville from Louisville to open office for Peritus. Has during her career worked with O’Charley’s, Ford and Madame Tussauds, among others, and recently relocated firm to Wedgewood-Houston from Midtown.

Ronald Roberts

Managing Partner, Southeast, Finn Partners: Former journalist and MTSU official and instructor joined what was then still Dye Van Mol and Lawrence in early ‘90s.

Deborah Varallo

President, Varallo Public Relations: Energetic PR sector veteran who finds a way to attend seemingly every local event of note — with camera in hand. Known for robust network of contacts.

Justin Wilson

Partner, Hall Strategies: Has since joining Hall in 2015 built a real estate development practice that includes Fifth + Broadway, Four Seasons Nashville and River North. Was named partner in late 2020, a decade after he moved to Nashville from D.C.

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