World Cup


Unlike the World Series, which just features the U.S. and Canada, the World Cup actually showcases the rest of world. For those of you who are not World Cup fans — which I estimate is about 7,000 out of 7,200 subscribers of the Weekly Report — I thought I’d do you a favor and let you know what happened this week.


Top 10 Things That Happened At The World Cup This Week


  1. England beat Sweden. #yay
  2. During the match the camera scanned the crowd looking for an unattractive Swede and couldn’t find one.
  3. The host country Russia lost.
  4. A player from Belgium (#23) fell down for no apparent reason.
  5. Brazil exited the World Cup, but their star Neymar flopped three more times on the way out of town.
  6. Croatia beat England Wednesday and celebrated by closing its beaches. #boo
  7. Bryce Harper crushed his 24th home run of the season Thursday night.
  8. Google image searches for Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, president of Croatia, surged to an all-time high. Go ahead…I’ll wait.
  9. Advertisers on FOX Sports collectively asked for a discount.


And the top Thing That Happened At The World Cup This Week…


  1. There are only 54 more days until the other football starts!!!



Monday, July 9 – Who Let The Dogs Out?


Kara Forbis, our Blacksburg-based VP of Brand Strategy, popped into town Monday and I thought it was just because she missed us, but it turns out we had a meeting with our long time clients Yard Works.


At M+M, we’re dog-friendly and many staffers bring in their pooches, but Monday was the first time a client brought in their puppy. Kara was very excited to see Mary Ann Shepherd and I was excited to see her Dachshund Mickey again. Mickey wasn’t very jazzed to see me apparently because he slept through our meeting.


Tuesday, July 10 – Congrats Leanne!


I am proud to announce that Leanne Ferry was been promoted to Account Manager this week. Although she’s only been a Madison+Main-iac since December, Leanne has made a profound impact on our company and our clients, with her positive “can-do” attitude. Congrats Leanne!

Stripes or solids? Both! Another fashion phenomenon at Madison+Main.




Wednesday, July 11 – Lights, Camera, Fireplace!


On Wednesday, Creative Director Art Webb and Account Executive Haleigh Lader were on location for a photo shoot with our friends at Hearth & Home Shoppe of Mechanicsville. The man behind the lens was our pal Kieran Wagner and as always he snagged some great shots for us.


While the team was clicking away in Mechanicsville, I was able to catch up with my friend and employee benefits guru Debbie Stocks over some tasty pastries at Baker’s Crust.


Men at work: Art and Kieran grabbing some great fireplace shots while

Art desperately fights the urge to lay down some sweet beats on that drum set.





Thursday, July 12 – Strategy Super Friends

On Thursday, we put on our super strategy hats and hit the road. I headed south to hold a social media training and strategy session with our friends at Commonwealth Dentistry. Haleigh and Communications Manager Kent Brockwell headed west to meet with the superstar marketing team at Radio One to brainstorm promotional strategies for Marketplace Events‘ upcoming Richmond Home Show in October. Then, Kent attended a communications committee meeting for Housing Families First, a non-profit organization in Henrico County that provides families experiencing homelessness with the tools to achieve housing stability.

However, at noon, we all gathered back at M+M Worldwide HQ for a Lunch + Learn session led by our own Graphic Designer and Queen of Cakes Erin Rebmann.






July Media Mixer

Morton’s The Steakhouse

Wednesday, July 18 | 5:30 – 8 p.m.


Join the Madison+Main-iacs and friends on for our July Media Mixer! There will be delicious cocktails, yummy appetizers, and a door prize! Join us for a night of networking where the business world and the creative community can mix and mingle! You can join the party by RSVPing on Facebook or you can email Haleigh Lader at haleighl@madisonmain.com



CowanGates & Salisbury Country Club Memorial Blood Drive

BloodMobile at CowanGates

Friday, July 20 | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.


Our friends at CowanGates are hosting their annual blood drive in Chesterfield County to support Virginia Blood Services! Join us at CowanGates (1930 Huguenot Road, Richmond, VA 23235) from 10-2 p.m. to give blood and show your support. Sign up today! Sign up today!



Friday, July 13 – Gone Fishing…Again…


I’ve got a fever, and the only cure is salt water, cheep beer, and angry fish. While you are reading this, I’m with The Insiders bobbing somewhere on the Chesapeake Bay fighting finned monsters off the coast of Reedsville, Virginia. Take a sec to watch Village Bank’s Jeff Crook “Slay the Bay” while Donnie Harper, owner Door-to-Door Solutions, cheers him on.


Have a great weekend!




“When I’m fishing, I feel guilty that I’m not writing, and when I’m writing, I feel guilty that I’m not fishing…”


– Raymond Carver