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New Ownership for MPA Strategies, LLC; Company Rebrands, Adds Staff

Former VP, Ashley Hunter, Named New Owner and CEO

Columbia, SC – MPA Strategies, LLC, formally McKay Public Affairs, LLC, has come under new ownership and management. Ashley Hunter, the former Vice President of the agency has assumed the role as the agency’s new owner and Chief Executive Officer. Since late 2010, McKay Public Affairs was owned by the partners in the law firm of McKay, Cauthen, Settana & Stubley, P.A. Now, the agency has grown into a statewide public relations, lobbying, association management and project procurement organization. 

In addition to the change in ownership, the newly rebranded MPA Strategies, LLC has also added two new staff members to their team. Amy Smith joined the firm on October 1 as the Director of Financial Services and Chris Smith joined on November 1 as an Association Executive. Amy has more than 12 years experience in management and events planning and five years of financial management planning. Chris has 18 years experience as an Executive Director for various Association Management clients. Chris will primarily serve as the Executive Director of the Mining Association of South Carolina.

Ashley Hunter stated, “I am thankful to the partners of the McKay Firm for taking a chance on me and for starting this new venture in 2010. Their support, their advice and their encouragement have allowed me an incredible opportunity. Not only is this an exciting time for our staff and our clients; for me, running a business that I am passionate about is truly the chance of a lifetime.

Jay McKay, Partner at McKay, Cauthen, Settana & Stubley, stated, “We are proud of Ashley and excited for her team as we watch them take this company to the next level. They have done a great job for us over the last five years and we look forward to having MPA Strategies promoting our law firm and our attorneys for years to come.”

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