Brentwood-based marketing agency The A Group, which specializes in working with churches and Christian groups, has promoted two of its employees to director of client services and creative director. Client services exec Steve Citerin joined The A Group a year ago as senior account manager, while Chris Ward had been its art director since late 2012. Check out the details here.
In a Q&A with The New York Times, local entrepreneur Mark Cleveland talks about his deal late last year to sell the Hobby Lobby name on his remote control products retailer to the larger chain of arts and crafts stores. Among the interesting details: How Carter Todd turned the tide, what eventually convinced him to seriously think about changing the name on his Brentwood store and how he went about updating the company's web presence.
Q. Knowing what you know now, would you have still bought Hobby Lobby International?
A. Yes. I learned more in the last five years about branding and complex business relationships than I learned most of my career. I’d do it again, though my wife might disagree. It consumed so much of my energy.
Jon Brancheau, the vice president of marketing communications and media for Nissan North America, has told his bosses he is leaving the company just five months after his job title was broadened. Brancheau, who came to Franklin-based Nissan from General Motors in mid-2008, says the decision to depart is his and spokesman Dave Reuter tells Automotive News the company "tried to talk him into staying."
The makers of Popcorn Sutton whiskey have agreed to change the appearance of their bottle to settle a lawsuit filed by the owners of the Jack Daniel's brand. The latter had said that the bottle design Popcorn Sutton began using in 2012 was too similar to Jack Daniel's iconic look.
Phil Lynch, Brown-Forman spokesperson, said: “Brown-Forman and Jack Daniel’s Properties are pleased that an amicable settlement was reached and that Popcorn Sutton has agreed to change to a new bottle. “The agreement calls for Popcorn Sutton to stop using the offending packaging by July 1, but consumers may see this existing packaging for awhile as it sells through the retail trade before being replaced by the new bottle.”
Dollar General on Wednesday said it will sponsor the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports entry for this year's Indianapolis 500 that will be driven by 1995 winner Jacques Villeneuve. Goodlettsville-based Dollar General has in recent years also backed the NASCAR efforts of Villeneuve, who also won the Formula 1 World Championship in 1997.
The Tennessee Court of Appeals has ruled that the use by the makers of MoonPies and RC Cola of a more than 30-year-old photograph did not violate the rights of the area resident depicted. Bradley Wells had sued CBI and Dr. Pepper Snapple Group two summers ago, claiming the companies had, among other things, violated the Tennessee Consumer Protection Act and unjustly enriched themselves off his image. But the defendants won the day both in trial court and before the appeals judges by arguing that the case centered on federal copyright issues and this couldn't be heard in local courts.
Bone McAllester Norton attorney Stephen Zralek writes here about how he helped win the case.
This case highlights the intersection between the right of publicity and copyright, serving as a reminder that questions of preemption are always decided on a case by case basis. Not all photographs qualify for protection under either copyright law or the right of publicity; sometimes they invoke rights under one body of law, sometimes both and sometimes neither. The legal nuances surrounding copyright and the right of publicity are complicated, rapidly evolving and sometimes overlapping.
Tony Altizer recently left his position at chief brand officer at Mapco Express just a few months after joining the convenience store chain. Altizer, who joined Mapco from Shell's retail marketing group and before that was president of Jiffy Lube International, is now running fast casual chain Elevation Burger. COO Tony Miller tells CSP Daily News' Steve Holtz that Altizer's departure changes nothing in terms of Mapco's strategy.
"We are focused on growing our new-to-the-industry stores, which are 5,000 square feet with a significant emphasis on foodservice" Miller said. “There is no change in that. We are staying very consistent with our strategy."
To help, the chain hired—prior to Altizer exiting the company—Andy Scoggins, vice president of foodservice, with 18 years of experience in fast-casual dining at the Ruby Tuesday chain. He is currently on-boarding at Mapco and evaluating the current foodservice offer.
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