Susan Andrews Thompson
Founder and CEO
Susan 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
President and Partner
Jena is 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.
Maddie is an 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.
Juliann graduated cum laude from Belmont University with a bachelor's degree in public relations, and minor in photography. During this time, she gained skills in event planning, fundraising, public relations and social media management. Her internships provided a wide range of experiences including the Nashville Public Library, full service agency at GS&F, the launch of a startup, and KIPP Academy. After graduating, Grill gained experience within the hospitality industry at Strategic Hospitality, managing events and sales with a focus on Pinewood Social, while also assisting with properties such as Merchants, The Patterson House, Le Sel, and The Catbird Seat.
Digital Marketing Manager
Stephanie holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Wake Forest University and recently earned a master's degree in marketing from Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management. During graduate school, Stephanie interned for a hospitality group focusing her efforts on social media strategy, as well as for a local entertainment marketing agency focusing on market research. After graduation, she worked with a local startup as an inbound marketing strategist, as well as freelance event work as a brand ambassador and event coordinator. Outside of work, Stephanie enjoys playing golf, watching Nashville professional sports, and exploring new restaurants.
Sarah, a recent Louisiana Tech University graduate, brings experience in social media, event planning and donor relations to her role at The Andrew Agency as she works with a wide variety of our clients including Five Points Pizza, RE/MAX Homes and Estates | Lipman Group and Heritage Foundation of Williamson County to name a few. Before we were lucky enough to add her to our team, Sarah gained invaluable experience working in the public relations department of Louisiana United Methodist Children and Family Services, a statewide nonprofit benefiting Louisiana’s children and families. In addition to her work in nonprofits, Sarah served as a university orientation leader and coordinated all community service efforts for her sorority at Louisiana Tech. Holding true to her over achiever reputation, Sarah is currently pursuing a master’s degree in marketing from Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management.
Julia recently graduated from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington with a dual degree in Marketing Strategy and Communication Studies. During her undergraduate studies, she gained experience in public relations, fundraising, and media creation while interning with both the University of North Carolina Wilmington and University of North Carolina Asheville’s Athletic Departments. In addition to her internship experience, she was involved in both her community, through volunteering at local Nonprofits and as a new student mentor. Currently, Julia is pursuing a Master of Marketing from Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management.