Melissa Medley, CME to Join VisionFirst Advisors as Partner

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., July 17, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- VisionFirst Advisors is pleased to announce Melissa Medley, certified marketing executive, will join as partner, effective Aug. 3. VisionFirst Advisors, a subsidiary of Butler Snow LLP, assists public and private entities with both challenges and opportunities in economic development.

"We are proud to have Melissa join the VisionFirst Advisors team. Her years of running a private business, experience in economic development in the public and private sectors, and proficiency in marketing and media relations complement the firm's mission and vision," said VisionFirst Advisors President and CEO Gray Swoope.

Medley was most recently chief marketing officer and senior vice president of Enterprise Florida, the state's primary economic development entity. She oversaw its marketing and communications divisions, addressing strategy, positioning and policy aspects of economic development, in the state. Medley led the successful creation and funding of Team Florida, a unique partnership of private sector investors and economic development leaders collaborating to promote Florida as a business location.

Prior to her work in Florida, she was chief marketing officer for the Mississippi Development Authority where she established and led the state's economic development marketing and communications strategy. She also served as the liaison to the governor's office for all economic development public relations activities and events.

Medley is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi and is certified in marketing management by the Accreditation Institute of Sales and Marketing Executives International, Inc. She has served on numerous professional, civic and charitable boards.

About VisionFirst Advisors

From strategy to results, VisionFirst Advisors applies proven expertise resolving today's complex economic development issues facing businesses, government and organizations. VisionFirst Advisors leverages its expansive network of key connections, matching resources to needs, and generating results. The firm's alignment with Butler Snow, with client representation in all 50 U.S. States, and more than 20 countries globally, provides both national and international and valuable expertise. For more information, visit

About Butler Snow

Butler Snow LLP is a full-service law firm with more than 300 attorneys representing local, regional, national and international clients from 17 U.S. offices and an office in London. Ranked as one of America's Top 100 law firms in the BTI Power Rankings, Butler Snow is recognized as one of the nation's top law firms for client service. The firm was recently ranked 48th out of 650 firms in the BTI Client Relationship Scorecard for understanding our client's business, anticipating client's needs, unprompted communication, legal skills, quality and keeping clients informed. For more information, visit or follow Butler Snow on twitter @Butler_Snow.

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