Francis Hutcheson Hare, Jr. (“Brother”)

June 1, 2019By francis-adminUncategorized

January 31, 1936 – May 31, 2019 Brother Hare fervently believed his father was the best lawyer he ever knew. It would be equally true to believe that Brother was the best lawyer his father ever knew. After a sudden onset of pneumonia, Brother died peacefully Friday night, surrounded by his family. A tireless worker … Read More

Vintage / Sports car show

May 8, 2019By francis-adminUncategorized

CONTACT Alan Thacker (Barber Motorsports & Mountain Brook Car Club) alanthacker73@gmail.com | 205-370-1036   WHEN Friday, May 17  5 pm – 8pm WHERE Rele Street, Lane Parke (between the Grand Bohemian and Revelator Coffee) SPONSORS Barber Motorsports, the Mountain Brook Driving Club and Lane Parke WHY 1) A street party for Lane Parke customers, merchants and … Read More

Job-Hunting Do’s And Don’ts. Mostly Don’ts.

March 2, 2019By francis-adminArticles, brand marketing, BUSINESS, Communications, General Biz, Humor, Miscellaneous, Rants

My agency has an opening for an art director, and I’ve placed an online Help Wanted ad which includes one non-negotiable prerequisite: “Previous Ad Agency experience absolutely required.” Here’s a very brief (and verbatim) sampling of the responses I’ve received: “I am a graduating senior in college that is looking for a part time career … Read More

Meet The Need, And Funding Will Take Care Of Itself.

February 2, 2019By francis-adminArticles, CULTURE, Neat Ideas, People

A look inside The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham’s strategic planning process Few, if any, non-profit organizations have played a broader role in my hometown’s transformation from a Civil Rights-era battleground to an emergent symbol of the New South than the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham. Created in 1959, the Foundation has used grants from … Read More

ProctorU: Keeping it real (with artificial intelligence)

December 18, 2018By francis-adminArticles, BUSINESS, General Biz, People, Tech

2018 Jemison Award Nominee (First Of Three) In 2008, Jarrod Morgan was Director of Technology at Andrew Jackson University (AJU), and his then-employer — an online-only school — had a problem: Namely, ensuring that its students didn’t cheat on tests.  “At the time, we had to send them somewhere to take their tests — typically in the presence … Read More

Blackjack Branding Campaign

August 8, 2018By francis-adminbrand marketing, Branding, BUSINESS, THE AGENCY, Work

In late 2017, Blackjack Horticulture hired us to update the brand-messaging strategy we’d developed for them in 2010. Our core selling message in 2010 centered around the company’s commitment to integrity in everything they do — both in the field and in business. Which is what led to their original brandline: The Right Way. Naturally. … Read More

From A Camel To A Racehorse? Almost.

April 13, 2018By francis-adminBUSINESS, THE AGENCY, Work

There’s an old ad-biz saying I’ve been repeating ever since I first heard it in 1991: “What’s a camel? It’s a racehorse designed by committee.” That came to mind when my longtime friend (and occasional client) Jeff Roberts told me he needed an ad celebrating Tractor & Equipment’s 75th year in business — and all the people … Read More