March 6, 2014

Ackermann PR, DMG Bluegill form strategic alliance

Ackermann PR and DMG|Bluegill have formed a strategic partnership to help growth-oriented companies “go to market” with a customized approach that boosts their sales and revenues by integrating traditional marketing communications and sophisticated digital strategies. Ackermann PR is East Tennessee’s oldest and largest full-service marketing […]
March 4, 2014

HR Comp Names Larry Stephens Chief Strategy Officer

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – HR Comp is announcing the addition of Larry F. Stephens to its staff. Stephens will serve as Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) with a focus on assisting HR Comp CEO, Andrea Rudd with creating, communicating, and executing the professional employer organization’s (PEO) corporate […]
February 26, 2014

Don’t Mess with Mr. In-between

Sure you’re successful and smart, but are you emotionally intelligent? I recently read a number of articles by Abraham Carmeli, a professor of strategy and management, which noted the differences between intellectual and emotional intelligence. Carmeli asserts that emotional growth is essential to promoting performance […]
February 24, 2014

The Alpacalypse is Upon Us

Sevierville Convention Center Set to Host the Southern Select Alpaca Show Sevierville, Tenn. – Pop quiz…What has no top teeth, hails from South America, stands 5-feet tall and has better hair than Jennifer Aniston? If you guessed ‘alpaca,’ you win! And this weekend, more than […]
February 21, 2014

ORNL Federal Credit Union wins 2013 Credit Union Magic Minute Loyalty Sweepstakes™, donates winnings to Girls Inc. of Oak Ridge

Oak Ridge, Tenn. – During the Credit Union Magic Minute Loyalty Dash sponsored by PSCU, ORNL Federal Credit Union (FCU) collected thousands of dollars in electronics and household goods and donated their winnings to Girls Inc. of Oak Ridge on Thursday, Feb. 6. PSCU, the […]
February 12, 2014

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® presents Super Circus Heroes! coming to the Knoxville Civic Coliseum Feb. 20-23

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey invites families to a super circus experience like no other at Ringling Bros. Presents Super Circus Heroes! All of the high-flying fun and excitement is coming to the Knoxville Civic Coliseum February 20-23, 2014. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & […]
February 12, 2014

Cute Kids & Puppies Are Always the Answer

Early last week, I was on WBIR-TV (Channel 10) discussing this year’s Super Bowl commercials. Of course, we talked about the best and worst commercials, but I was also asked if I thought it was worth making such a huge ad buy for the Super […]
February 12, 2014

ORNL Federal Credit Union announces major facilities projects for Northshore and Oak Ridge

Oak Ridge, Tenn. – [February 12, 2014] – Building on 65 years of growth and a strong commitment to serving over 160,000 members, ORNL Federal Credit Union (FCU) today announced its plans for multiple facilities projects: the opening of a new regional center at Northshore […]
February 11, 2014

10th Annual Mountain Soul Vocal Competition in Sevierville Now Accepting Entries

Bloomin’ Barbecue & Bluegrass Festival’s Featured Event Pays Tribute to Hometown Legend Dolly Parton  Sevierville, Tenn. – The anticipation has begun as the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce announced today that the entry period for the 10th Annual Mountain Soul Vocal Competition, celebrating the legendary songwriting […]
February 11, 2014

Builder of Knoxville Landmarks Achieves 100 Year Milestone

Johnson & Galyon Celebrates Century of Valued Relationships, Successful Projects and Community Involvement Knoxville, Tenn. – [February 11, 2014] – Few companies have played as significant a role in building Knoxville as Johnson & Galyon over the last 100 years. Not only has the company […]
February 6, 2014

Cathy Ackermann recognized in UT CCI’s “Circle Park News”

Cathy Ackermann, president and CEO or Ackermann PR, was recognized in this month’s edition of the University of Tennessee’s College of Communications and Information’s “Circle Park News” for her Jan. 26 column in the Knoxville News Sentinel titled “A Good Year Means Knowing Your Customer.” […]
February 6, 2014

Next Small Business Counts Cash Mob to Shine Spotlight on Archer’s BBQ in Karns

ORNL Federal Credit Union (FCU) is calling all small business supporters to participate in a ‘dinner’ cash mob at Archer’s BBQ in Karns next Thursday, February 13 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Founded by Memphis native Archer Bagley, Archer’s BBQ joined the competitive Knoxville […]
February 5, 2014

Stress, the PR Professional and the Audiologist?

An article recently published by CareerCast caused quite a buzz amongst my colleagues in the PR-world as it claimed that we, as PR executives, have the sixth most-stressful job in America for 2014.  The good news is that we’re down one notch as our profession […]
February 4, 2014

Sevierville’s Rose Glen Literary Festival Moves to Sevierville Convention Center

Sevierville, Tenn. – Sevierville’s fifth annual Rose Glen Literary Festival is moving to a new location. After four successful years at Walters State Community College, Sevier County Campus, the festival is now relocating to the much larger Sevierville Convention Center. “The Rose Glen Literary Festival […]
January 30, 2014

ORNL Federal Credit Union brings revolutionary FoolProof® financial literacy curriculum to teachers statewide

Oak Ridge, Tenn. – [January 30, 2014] – ORNL Federal Credit Union (FCU) today announced it is sponsoring a free financial literacy curriculum called FoolProof® Tennessee for all high school teachers throughout the State, with the sole purpose of arming students with the truth about […]
January 24, 2014

Sevierville to Receive “Bump” from Elite Volleyball Tourneys

Sevierville, Tenn. – More than 350 girls’ volleyball teams from Tennessee, Virginia, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Kentucky, including 18,000 players, family members and spectators, will call Sevierville home over the next two weekends, as K2 Volleyball Club and the Sevierville Convention Center […]
January 23, 2014

Monster Jam announces $10 ticket discount

Knoxville, TN – Feld Motor Sports & Monster Jam are happy to announce that from today, January 23rd until tomorrow, January 24th at 5 p.m. you can save $10 on all $25 adult tickets by using the code SAVE10. Great tickets are still available and […]
January 23, 2014

Children’s Shop in Farragut selected to host next Small Business Counts Cash Mob

ORNL Federal Credit Union will help The Adorable Child in Farragut celebrate the first day of its Spring Debut on Thursday, January 30th by hosting its next Small Business Counts Cash Mob at the store. The cash mob is scheduled from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 […]
January 22, 2014

Sevierville Named the “South’s #1 Cool Spot for Summer Meetings”

When looking for a place to keep cool during the heat of the summer, meeting planners and event organizers agree that Sevierville, Tenn. has become a premiere destination. In this month’s issue of ConventionSouth magazine, Sevierville is highlighted as the top pick among the magazine’s […]
January 17, 2014

What Does ‘Connecting’ Really Mean?

One evening last week, I sat down on the couch to watch a movie called Paranoia starring young celeb Liam Hemsworth and acting legends Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman. The flick was fairly entertaining, but what I got out of it is more than I […]
January 15, 2014

A Note from President and CEO Cathy Ackermann…

Most good leaders have studied and internalized the fine points of how to best lead their organizations to greatness and have learned from history’s masters. However, I would opine that the best leaders also add in a more intangible factor that blends charismatic messaging with […]
January 10, 2014

Southeast’s Largest Indoor RV Show Set for Sevierville Convention Center

Sevierville, Tenn. – The Smoky Mountain RV Show, formerly known as the Knoxville RV Show, has expanded and is now the largest indoor RV show in the Southeast. The event will feature more than 200,000 square feet of motorhomes, travel trailers, fifth wheels, vans, and pop-ups, […]
January 9, 2014

ORNL FCU’s first Small Business Counts Cash Mob of 2014 slated for The Treasure Chest Boutique in Lenoir City

After nine highly successful cash mobs in 2013, ORNL Federal Credit Union is continuing its growing Small Business Counts Cash Mob program with its first event of 2014 at The Treasure Chest Boutique within Livewell Pharmacy in Lenoir City. The cash mob event is scheduled […]
January 9, 2014

HBAGK Home Show™ kicks off benchmark year for local home building industry

Area’s first event presented by ORNL Federal Credit Union Knoxville, Tenn. – East Tennessee’s housing industry has seen a slow but positive turn over the last few years, which is one reason why many local real estate and home building experts are pointing towards 2014 […]
January 7, 2014

Council of PR Firms unveils “What’s Hot for 2014” from content to media competition

At the beginning of each year, you see many “What’s Hot for 2014” lists in the headlines.  The Council of Public Relations Firms, of which Ackermann PR is a member, has unveiled its own list.  In the form of content, here are the top 10 […]
December 20, 2013

Employees and members of ORNL FCU sponsor 55 Angel Tree children

Oak Ridge, Tenn. – Each year, employees and members of ORNL Federal Credit Union (FCU) support the Family Resource Center’s Angel Tree program as one way to give back to the Oak Ridge community, and 2013 was no exception. “Our involvement in the Angel Tree […]
December 20, 2013

ORNL FCU’s latest Small Business Counts Cash Mob a huge success!

Yesterday’s Small Business Counts lunch cash mob hosted by ORNL Federal Credit Union at Hot Bagel Co. in Oak Ridge was a success in every way, from the Channel 8 morning interview, to the 77 people that attended, to the fact that the 30 gift […]
December 16, 2013

The Steeldrivers Headline Sevierville’s Bloomin’ BBQ & Bluegrass

Sevierville, Tenn. – Sevierville’s Bloomin’ Barbeque & Bluegrass (May 16 & 17, 2014) festival has announced the entertainment lineup for its tenth annual event, including a headline performance from rising bluegrass supergroup, The SteelDrivers. Festivities and music get underway in downtown Sevierville, Tennessee on Friday, May […]
December 16, 2013

Sevierville, TN Named South’s #1 Cool Spot for Summer Meetings by ConventionSouth Magazine

Sevierville, Tenn. – Sevierville, Tennessee has been named the South’s top cool spot for summer meetings by ConventionSouth magazine. All total, 12 destinations were highlighted, with Sevierville earning the top spot by garnering the most votes from ConventionSouth readers and Facebook followers. “Sevierville is thrilled […]
December 6, 2013

Knoxville Monster Jam® Tickets Now Available

Feld Motor Sports℠ announced today that tickets for Monster Jam®, the world’s premier monster truck series, are on sale. Monster Jam events are affordably priced for the whole family with seats starting at $10 for kids, $25 for adults. Special VIP seating is available for […]