Author and PR Guru a Success at IABC Nashville Lunch; Next Event is March 16

Feb 23, 2016, 16:57 ET from IABC Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Feb. 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Author and PR Guru Andrew Maraniss shared inspirational stories of personal aspiration and life-changing achievement at a Feb. 17 luncheon held by the Nashville Chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators. More than 40 professional communicators from the greater Nashville area attended the event, where Maraniss spoke about his journey to create the New York Times bestseller "Strong Inside."

Maraniss, who is a partner at McNeely Pigott & Fox Public Relations, shared his tips on overcoming fear, locating funding, and even dealing with family when launching a product, business or a book. He also offered his insight on creative ways to market on a budget.

During the event, Misty Moore, communications specialist at HCA and the chapter's vice president of communications, was presented with the President's Award for her service to the organization in 2015. The President's Award is presented to individuals who have gone above and beyond, pushed their creativity and displayed excellence in their volunteer work for the organization. 

Additionally, members congratulated the chapter for winning a Chapter Management Award of Merit in Communications at the 2016 Chapter Management Awards, which was held in conjunction with the IABC Leadership Institute in Long Beach, Calif., Feb. 4-6. Jennifer Fuqua, the chapter's past present, and Tom Kenley, president elect, accepted the award for the chapter's 2015 rebranding efforts.

Executive Coach and mentor Robert J. Harig is on deck for IABC Nashville's March 16 event, Leadership Communication Inside/Out. Harig, the Principal of St. John & Company, a human capital business, will share his C-suite secrets for increasing your influence throughout your organization. The event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Maggiano's Little Italy in Nashville. The cost to attend is $30 for members, $40 for non-members, and $25 for students. Register now or visit for more information.


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