Susan Andrews Thompson founded The Andrews Agency in 1990 as a public relations, event management and advertising firm. In her more than 30-year career in public relations, Susan has experienced the growth of the Music City and has played a part in the headlines that put Nashville on the map – from country music celebrities Conway Twitty and Barbara Mandrell, to the Tennessee Titans moving to town, and the opening of The Palm Nashville and Opry Mills. She excels in creative strategic planning, media relations, grassroots efforts, crisis communications and event management, offering top-notch service and connections to a wide array of clients. Susan is an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America and has served in many capacities on its board of directors. She also helped open the Nashville Ronald McDonald House and has served as president of its board of directors and continues to serve on its advisory board. She continues to deliver results for our clients as chief executive officer and founding partner.
Jena Locke Thomas is president and partner of The Andrews Agency leading full-service public relations and strategic marketing efforts with a focus on restaurant, development and non-profit clients. She also has a great deal of event management experience including creative event development and event marketing for a variety of clients including business summits, grand openings, regional festivals and citywide community events. Jena currently serves on Belmont University’s PR Department Advisory Board and YWCA of Nashville and Middle Tennessee Junior Board Committee, and she is a founding member of both the Nashville Public Library Foundation’s Next Chapter Society and the Friends of the Food Bank Steering Committee for Second Harvest Food Bank. She was named as one of Nashville’s Top 30 Under 30 for her professional and philanthropic accomplishments and as a finalist for the Nashville Emerging Leaders Award in the Public Relations category.
India Mayer is an account executive and our in-house social media leader at The Andrews Agency. After graduating from DePaul University with degrees in public relations and communication, India gained experience with media relations and social media management in Chicago, where she worked on content creation and execution for 12 local restaurants and hospitality groups on platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google+. She is heavily involved in the public relations efforts of several Tennessee heritage tourism attractions, restaurants and local non-profit organizations. Since 2011, India has gained additional marketing experience as a freelance event production coordinator on such events as the Academy Awards, the Emmy Awards and the Super Bowl.
Francie Fisher is an account executive at The Andrews Agency. Following her graduation from The Wake Forest University Schools of Business with a major in New Business Development and a minor in Entrepreneurship, Francie served as a Presidential Fellow in the Office of the Provost. From there she followed her life-long dream of living in New York City where she worked as a marketing manager at Town & Country magazine. Supporting clients such as Tiffany&Co. and Saks Fifth Avenue, her expertise ranges from sponsorships and event management to client relations, digital and social media marketing. Beyond the office, Francie enjoys philanthropic work, mentoring Wake Forest graduates, training for full and half-marathons, and instructing barre3 classes.
Valen Wilcoxon is The Andrews Agency’s digital marketing coordinator, specializing in social media, email marketing and the ever-changing landscape of the digital world. After graduating from McNeese State University with a degree in mass communication, Valen worked as a news reporter and anchor for a local FOX affiliate station in Lake Charles, Louisiana. While she gained experience on-air and behind the scenes, she also lent her talents to spotlight local non-profits, as well as helping to save the NICU wards at local hospitals from State budget cuts. After two years in front of the camera, Valen moved to Nashville to work for a number of clients in the Middle Tennessee region. Valen enjoys video production and has created media pieces for Catholic Charities of Tennessee and other nonprofit organizations.
Maddie McGarvey is an account services associate at The Andrews Agency. She is a recent alum of Ball State University in Indiana, where she graduated summa cum laude with an honors degree in public relations and marketing. Throughout college, Maddie gained experience within public relations, fundraising and event planning. Some of her most notable experiences include assisting in event coordination for the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum, such as the 2015 MLB All-Star Game, Pete Rose's Hall of Fame Induction and the Tony Perez Statue Project. With a passion for nonprofits, Maddie has volunteered her time and experience to benefit organizations such as United Way, Make-A-Wish Foundation and Miracle Network Dance Marathon.