Matthews Publishing Group (MPG) was formed in 1998 to provide corporate clients with specialized consulting and project execution.
MPG has evolved into a boutique publishing firm providing a variety of services related to publishing to meet the ever-changing needs of our clients.
MPG consists of a coalition of creative professionals who work together primarily in the areas of strategic marketing, custom publishing and public relations. MPG also provides advertising and marketing strategies, media relations, website design and implementation, direct mail coordination and political coalition building for grassroots campaigns.
We strive to create professional association periodicals that truly revolutionize public perception. Our finished products allow each association to control the message they portray to their readers.
MPG is structured to ensure a cost effective approach to all endeavors. After analyzing the client’s specific objectives, MPG utilizes the inherent cost efficiencies of outsourcing to assemble talented professionals who work on a project basis. This provides clients with a finished product that is a much higher quality at an overall lower cost than most traditional advertising or public relations firms.
Meet the Team
Kristian Anderson, Photographer
John Ballance, Photographer
Douglas J. Benjamin, Art Director & Web Developer
Steve Brawner, Senior Contributing Writer
Dan Calabrese, Contributing Writer
Clay Cook, Photographer
Mark Davis, Photographer
Richard Doll, Printer
Andrew Dunn, Contributing Writer
Chris Fain, Photographer
Al Ferreira, Photographer
Eric J. Francis, Contributing Writer
Frederick Freeman, Political Strategist
Thomas Grady, Photographer
Daniel Gray, Photographer
I love people and love photography! I am a full time professional commercial photographer based in Charlotte, NC. As a former electrical engineer and IT specialist I have a highly technical approach towards my work and a passion for detail and quality.
My specialty is ultra high resolution product photography and portraiture, but I have also done video and 2d animation/motion graphics work for national brands. Typically I end up wearing a lot of hats for my clients and am a bit of a one man agency for many of them.
I shoot with a Phase One Iq3 100mp trichromatic medium format and Nikon system.
Kevin Jones, Contributing Writer
Johnny Kampis, Contributing Writer
Callie Tuck Knapp, Photographer
Larry Kuzniewski, Photographer
Jennifer Matthews, Publisher
Jennifer Matthews has extensive experience in publishing, advertising/media buying and political affairs. Prior to forming MPG in 1998, she served as advertising manager – special publications for Arkansas Business Publishing Group in Little Rock, Ark. While there, she achieved record sales performance for the company. Prior to moving to Little Rock in 1995, Matthews lived in Boston, Mass., working for Rising Star Associates, publishers of New Age Journal and two financial advisory newsletters. Her political experience includes grassroots coalition building, governmental affairs, local and national political campaigns, issues referendums, polling, petition drives, political fundraising, and efforts contracted with and on behalf of industry groups such as the American Trucking Associations.
A native of Portland, Ore., Matthews is an honors graduate of The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash., with a Bachelor of Arts degree in environmental science and political economy. Politics were a large part of her college experience, including working on election campaigns, lobbying for Sierra Club and a variety of other issues at both state and congressional levels. Her undergraduate work includes studies in Soviet environmental policy at Kazan State University in the Kazan Republic. Her post-graduate work includes courses in governmental affairs, international, law, treaty law, and constitutional law at Harvard University Extension in Cambridge, Mass., and she’s currently working on a master’s degree in public service from the Clinton School of Public Service.
After spending 21 wonderful years in Little Rock, Ark., Jennifer now resides in Minneapolis with her husband Brett whom she met in kindergarten. They have three children – Griffin, Van and Amelie. Jennifer has three more children – Justin, Lauren and Will – two children-in-laws and four grandchildren from her previous marriage.
Renee Miller, Contributing Writer
Renee Miller holds a master’s degree as well as a CDL class A license. She is the CEO of Recue18Wheeler,L.P. – an online subscription-based platform that is transforming the industry by providing a risk management solution to the driver shortage. She has written for the Behind the Wheel, Wheel, Nebraska Trucker, Arkansas Trucking Report, Steering Wheel, Tarheel Wheels, Tennessee Trucking News and The Transportation Professional. She has published eight books and is included in two anthologies. She frequently speaks and leads conferences throughout the U.S. and splits her time at home between Lake Havasu City, Ariz., Monterey, Cali. and Memphis, Tenn.
David Monteith, Contributing Writer
David Monteith is a writer and journalist living in Little Rock, Arkansas. Formerly a middle and high school teacher in San Antonio, he enjoys learning and writing about education and transportation issues.
Barbara Negron, Graphic Designer
John David Pittman, Photographer
John David Pittman is a Little Rock, Arkansas based commercial and editorial portrait photographer. His work has been featured in local, regional, and national publications. John David lives in the historic Park Hill district of North Little Rock with his wife and daughter.
Jennifer Barnett Reed, Contributing Writer
Jennifer Barnett Reed is a freelance writer and editor from Little Rock, Ark. She has a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and worked for newspapers in Little Rock, Nashville, and other cities before broadening into magazine writing, editing, and corporate communications as a freelancer. Her work has won awards from the Associated Press, the South Carolina Press Association and the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies.
Jack Roberts, Contributing Writer
Sami Roy, Photographer
John D. Schulz, Senior Contributing Writer
John D. Schulz is one of those wise, old Washington owls who has performed and produced at some of the highest levels of journalism in his 40-year career, mostly as a Washington newsman. Schulz has been a transportation journalist for more than two decades, specializing in the trucking industry. He is known to own the fattest Rolodex in the business, and is on a first-name basis with scores of top-level trucking executives who are able to give shippers their latest insights on the industry on a regular basis.
Fran Sherman, Creative Director
David Sinclair, Photographer
Kaylie Sirek, Photographer
Lacey C. Thacker, Contributing Writer
Todd Traub, Contributing Writer
Todd Traub has spent 26-plus years in journalism and magazine publishing, is a father, an Air Force veteran and a graduate of Eastern Illinois University. He lives in Cabot, Ark., where he likes to dabble in cooking, mixology, exercise and home repair.