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M&M Productions USA’s Justin Wright earns employee of the year honors
By Maria McHale

Greater Knoxville Hospitality Association recognizes
top performers in hospitality and tourism

  justin wright
Justin Wright

Justin Wright, senior audiovisual technician for M&M Productions USA, received employee of the year honors at the Pauly Awards, which recognizes outstanding members of the hospitality and tourism industry in the Knoxville area.

Wright won Outstanding Employee of the Year in the service and supplier category for exemplary professionalism and service that goes above and beyond regular job responsibilities. The award winners were announced at the annual celebration held by the Greater Knoxville Hospitality Association before the kickoff of National Travel and Tourism Week in May.

“If Justin can make the customer happy and have every detail anticipated and covered, that’s the definition of success for him,” said Mike Brown, founder, president and CEO of M&M Productions USA. “His proactive approach and ability to really listen to the needs of our clients make him a tremendous asset for our company. We’re thrilled to celebrate this honor with him.”

The PAULY Awards are named for the late Paul Sherbakoff, a two-time president of the Tennessee Hospitality & Tourism Association (TnHTA). He helped establish Knoxville’s first visitors’ bureau and co-wrote the original occupancy tax legislation.

Based in Oak Ridge, M&M Productions USA is a full-service event, broadcast and video production company and the in-house audiovisual partner for the Knoxville Convention Center. Wright joined the company in 2013 after graduating from the University of Tennessee with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

Wright directs event setup and controls all aspects of production related to sound and lighting. Wright works from setup through teardown to ensure clients are delighted with the design and execution at every step.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by the Greater Knoxville Hospitality Association and by industry peers who understand all that goes into each production,” Wright said. “Our team is committed to excellence and that starts at the top. I thank Mike Brown for his leadership and for investing in me to help me excel.”

A Knoxville native, Wright lives in West Knoxville with his three dogs, Bowman, Palmer and Penelope. He has a passion for training dogs and serves the community by volunteering production time at local churches.

Based in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, M&M Productions USA is a full-service event planning and production company. The company provides turnkey solutions for full production events, breakout meeting management, audience response systems, lighting and stage design, video production, digital signage, script writing, speaker training, webcasting, virtual conferences, live broadcast services and event choreography. Customers, such as the White House Office of Communications, NCAA, Centers for Disease Control, U.S. Department of Energy and Ripley Entertainment, discover that the certified professionals at M&M Productions deliver the best experience possible for all audience members. For more information, visit

Published June 2, 2019

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