FRIDAY WISDOM :: MEET OUR MARKETING DIRECTOR, RACHEL LAYTON

Happy Friday, y’all! We can’t think of a better way for you to get to know Rachel Layton, our Marketing Director who was recently named one of the Nashville Business Journal’s 2017 Women of Influence, than by sharing this profile from the NBJ. Read on for her insights on leadership, creating a legacy, and tips for other young professionals!

This story was originally published in the Nashville Business Journal on Wednesday, March 1, 2017, written by Nathan Morgan.

Rachel Layton of A. Marshall Family Foods

Marketing Director Rachel Layton oversees all the major decisions for advertising, sponsorships, partnerships, campaign creation and digital strategy for each of A. Marshall Family Foods’ soon-to-be nine locations, including Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant, Puckett’s Boat House, Homestead Manor and Scout’s Pub. Layton wishes she had more time in the day and a way to “track the intangibles.”

What are three characteristics of a great leader, and why? A great leader is transparent, empathetic and strategic. Transparency fosters trust with employees, which is important for long tenure. Empathy is a strong people connector. Folks respect someone who can get on their level with them and address a problem. Finally, strategic, in my mind is the most important because it eliminates chaos. If employees know where you’re going and why you’re going there, their barriers to great performance are reduced and they can be better at their jobs by not worrying about things outside their control.

If you could have a super power, which would you choose, and why? My super power would definitely be creating time. Everyone says time is your most valuable resource. I agree. If I had more time, I could do more things.

If the government created a new piece of currency, for what amount should it be, and what woman should be featured on it? What if it wasn’t something tangible? Like, say there was an incentive every time you went the extra mile for someone. And an app tracked it. At the end of the year, you’d get a grand total and ranking to know how well you did in a given year. I don’t know, I guess most of my personal currencies revolve around intangible items, and I like to think that most people are like that. Oh, and Mother Teresa’s face could be on the app.

What is your favorite way to procrastinate on the internet? I’m an Instagram junky. I love pictures. Probably only second to Spotify. Discovering new music and sharing it with people seems to take up a lot of my time as well.

If you were to write an autobiography, what would you title it?“Peart + Grit: The Things Zest and Determination Can Accomplish.”

Tell us a story about an experience you had that changed your leadership style. Well, it’s tough to pinpoint just one because I like to think leadership styles evolve over time. Probably someone who left the largest mark on me was a manager I had who micromanaged every single task she gave me. It was exhausting. It made me resentful, and eventually I lost confidence in who I was and the kind of work I was capable of. It took me some time (and changing jobs) to recover from it. After that, I made a vow (and still use it to this day), to work extra hard at avoiding being a micromanager. Unless I’m specifically asked for help, I will stay out of the way so my employees can do the job they were hired for.

If you could leave one legacy to the world, what would it be? I hope to leave a legacy of creating things that help people. I think the best thing you can possibly do is serve others, so that’s why… I hope folks end up thinking of my legacy as one that represents servant leadership and innovation.

How can Nashville’s business community best empower up-and-coming female professionals? Promote them, invest in them and trust them with responsibilities. Every up-and-coming young professional needs someone to take a chance on them before they can do something that’s ground-breaking.

Where is your go-to place in Nashville for a power lunch? Thistle Stop Cafe! I love their mission and it’s close to my house.

In 10 words or less, what advice would you give girls growing up today? Kindness is timeless. Take the high road and don’t ever give up.

What are you reading now, and what’s next on your list? I just finished “Scary Close,” by Donald Miller. Next up is “What Keeps You Up At Night,” by Pete Wilson.

MARCH BURGER OF THE MONTH: THE MADNESS

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We like what was goin’ on in Team Nashville’s heads during the creation of this one! From basketball to burgers, March is full of Madness around here, and our Burger of the Month had no choice but to follow suit!

The Madness Burger features a Puckett’s classic patty topped with brisket chili, waffle cut fries, shredded Cheddar and Jack cheese, pickles and onions. We have a feelin’ you’re gonna need two hands (and maybe a fork!) for all this goodness!

It’s available all month at each of our Puckett’s Gro. locations starting today, so give it a try and let us know what you think!

It’s GO time! Puckett’s Murfreesboro Opens Today!

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Folks, the time has finally come! Nearly ten months after we announced plans to expand our portfolio of family-owned restaurants to the downtown Murfreesboro square, we will officially open the doors to Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant — located at 114 N. Church St. — today at 4:30 p.m.

The grand opening will feature a variety of special guests, including a welcome by representatives of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Rutherford County, and — in true Puckett’s form — a live music performance.

“As with any grand opening, this is really a celebration for us,” said Andy Marshall, CEO of A. Marshall Family Foods Inc. “We’re celebrating the expansion of our business, of course, but also we want it to be an opportunity to welcome the people of Murfreesboro and surrounding areas; to thank them for their support of us so far and to really begin to cultivate those relationships we’ve been privileged to forge in other communities.”

As is the case with any of our concept, community partnership and philanthropy is at the heart of it all. Customers who dine with us tonight will have the opportunity to add an additional dollar or more to their total bill, with donations benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Rutherford County, an organization that is near and dear to Andy Marshall’s heart. We will also donate 10% of this evening’s sales to the Club.

“We are very grateful to Puckett’s for pursuing a partnership with us and for including us in their grand opening,” said Michelle Clifford, Director of Marketing and Special Events for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Rutherford County. “It is clear they are committed to being active participants in our community, and we look forward to supporting them in return.”

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Children from the Boys & Girls Club look forward to Puckett’s Murfreesboro’s Grand Opening.

Leading the Puckett’s Murfreesboro team as General Manager and Front-of-House Manager are Autumn Friese and Cliff Marshall, respectively. The former General Manager of Puckett’s in downtown Nashville, Autumn received a ‘Stars of the Industry’ award for Restaurant Manager of the Year from the Greater Nashville Hospitality Association in 2016. Cliff is the son of restaurateur Andy Marshall and recently returned to Middle Tennessee after two years as a manager at Puckett’s in downtown Chattanooga.

“We build our teams intentionally and carefully, and Autumn and Cliff have proven themselves to be experienced leaders in our company,” Andy Marshall said. “We have every confidence that the restaurant will be driven to success in this new market under their management.”

The grand opening festivities will commence with live entertainment from The Jake Leg Stompers, a Rutherford-county based group who will bring an energetic performance of “pre-war roots music” to the Puckett’s stage at 6:30 p.m. Our regular schedule of live music on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights will begin on Thursday, Feb. 16.

Diners will also hear a few words from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Rutherford County’s 2017 Youth of the Year — an annual award given to an exceptional teen member of each local Club who then goes on to compete on regional, state and national levels against other Clubs’ Youths of the Year. The Rutherford County winner will be selected at a ceremony this week and will deliver his or her speech that was given as part of the competition process on Puckett’s opening night.

Puckett’s is accepting reservations for its grand opening by phone at 629-201-6916, or online here. Our full menu of homemade Southern favorites — including its signature barbecue, smoked ‘low and slow’ for 18 hours over cherry wood — will be available from which to order, so come hungry, y’all!

For more information about Puckett’s and to view the menu, music schedule and more, visit us online!

 

The Big Game is almost here! Let us help you get ready

All great game-watching parties consist of football, friends, and of course, FOOD! And it’s not just any type of food that’s necessary for the Big Game — it’s finger food. Are we right, or are we right?

Now, you probably have big ideas of the spread you’re going to prepare for your guests, but we all know even the best of intentions don’t always work out. So, we’re makin’ it easy for you! Puckett’s Boat House is accepting to-go orders through Saturday for four homemade, tasty dips. Just give us a call at 615.790.2309 to place your order — your friends will thank you for letting the professionals handle it, and you’ll thank yourself that you didn’t attempt it on your own. We’re sure of it!

Choose from salmon dip, spinach dip, kickin’ crab dip or a pimento cheese ball with a toasted Cajun almond crust — each served with your choice of crackers, tortilla chips or pita chips. They are $20 each or three for $50.

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Salmon Dip

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Spinach Dip

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Kickin’ Crab Dip

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There’s a Heat Wave in the Forecast! #HotChickenWeek

Feelin’ hot! hot! hot! (At least, our chicken is!) Starting Monday, January 23 until Sunday, January 29, we’re participating in the Nashville Scene‘s #HotChickenWeek by offering some of our best and hottest chicken sandwiches for just $5! Puckett’s 5th and Church, Puckett’s Franklin, Puckett’s Boat House and Scout’s Pub are all joining in the fun, so read on to see how they’re bringing the heat. Caution: you’re gonna have a hard time waiting ’til Monday to dig in to these deals!

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Puckett’s Gro. | Nashville & Franklin

A true “Nashville” tradition, the Music City hot chicken sandwich starts with buttermilk marinated chicken, battered, fried and tossed in our Nashville Hot Sauce. Served with Texas toast, pickle slices, coleslaw, this one’s got a little spice and we think it’s kind of nice!

 

 

 

Scouts Hot Chicken Special

 

 

Scout’s Pub | Franklin

Leave it to Scout’s to give theirs a little twist! They’re featuring a spicy battered chicken filet tossed in Buffalo Blue Cheese sauce and topped with jalapeño pickles and pickled red onion. We like the sound of that!

 

 

 

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Puckett’s Boat House | Franklin

Hot Chicken at the Boat House will have you begging for mercy! We coat fried chicken in our signature hot sauce and top with shredded lettuce, tomatoes and our house made sweet and spicy pickle chips. How much heat can you handle?

Be sure to tag us in your photos using #HotChickenWeek and we just might show you some #puckettslove!