Lena came to Hammock in 2003 from, well, right down the street at Vanderbilt University, where she graduated with a degree in Human and Organizational Development. We don’t really know what that means, but it probably taught her how to juggle multiple tasks and different kinds of assignments, because that’s one of her strengths.
On a typical day, Lena’s managing MyBusiness, proofing an NFIB state publication for the umpteenth time and figuring out what historically significant dates to highlight in the next issue of American Spirit. She also manages the production process for Pharmaceutical Commerce, a monthly newsletter that covers the commercial side of the pharmaceutical industry.
Lena hails from the small eastern Kentucky town of Paintsville (the birthplace of country greats Loretta Lynn and Crystal Gayle!), so it’s no wonder that she ended up in Music City USA. When she’s not at her desk, Lena enjoys honky-tonkying, training for half-marathons, reading People magazine and watching reality TV (what writer’s strike?).
She also aspires to be a hip-hop dancer, but let’s face it: Hip-hop dancing is inconsistent with writing about small business and early American history.
Editor Bill Hudgins never met a pun he didn’t like—or try to top. We long since gave up trying to fight his wordplay and instead have channeled it into headline and caption writing. Besides double-entendres, his brain is crammed with arcane facts, aphorisms, song lyrics and anecdotes, bolstered by a reporter’s and avid crossword addict’s skills in using online search engines to supplement the gaps.
Bill graduated from Columbia University with an English degree in 1972, a tumultuous time to be in college (that he now ruefully admits is studied as “history”). He attended The College of Communications Graduate School at UT-Knoxville and reported and edited on newspapers in Alabama and Tennessee until 1987, when he jumped to public relations at a firm then headed by Hammock Inc.’s founder, Rex Hammock.
The PR firm offered what is now known as custom publishing, and Bill worked on several projects there, including magazines about hunting and fishing, trucking and senior citizens. He segued from there to Hammock in late 1993, he has edited magazines about long-haul trucking, American history, personal watercraft and the Marine Corps. He also serves as the office curmudgeon, figuring Andy Rooney’s job will open up someday, and part-time Luddite, preferring power tools over PowerBooks.
When not juggling magazine projects, Bill “relaxes” by writing columns for several trucking magazines—his experience at Hammock left a lifelong passion for chrome, steel and diesel. At the other end of the spectrum, he anticipated the craze over “Dancing With the Stars” by taking up ballroom dancing just before the show began airing in the United States. He’s been on the DL list after some foot surgery, but considering a comeback
He and his wife Wilda like to travel, and not having kids, it’s easy for them to do so. After a trip to the Soviet Union in 1987, he learned to speak Russian so they could get around better on two later trips. They live on what he calls a micro-mini-farm in Gallatin, a town near Nashville, where they board abused horses and donkeys rescued by a local organization. He also is one of three members of the town’s Beer Licensing Board, and was involved in a successful effort to raise funds to build a new library in Gallatin.
Jamie Roberts is a member of Hammock’s powerful Alabama mafia, and she still loyally cheers for the Crimson Tide. She loves planes, trains and automobiles—actually any mode of transportation (including fire trucks, but that’s another story) that gets her somewhere fun and exotic. If she weren’t Hammock’s editorial director, she’d want to be a professional travel and tour operator based somewhere like London or Paris or a Greek island … the future locations of Hammock International.
Until those locations open, however, she has a great time in Nashville editing American Spirit for the DAR, MyBusiness for NFIB and special
publications for the National Guard. She previously served as executive editor for the Professional Convention Management Association and Convene, a magazine for the hospitality and meetings industry.
She earned her bachelor’s degree from Birmingham-Southern College and her master’s from Florida State University (Go Seminoles!), where she taught writing and English literature at campuses in Tallahassee and London. She lived in New York for three years, enough time to grow addicted to Zabar’s coffee and pizza from Grimaldi’s.
In her free time, she enjoys talking snobbishly about film and making her way through the AFI Top 100, reading the latest fiction for her book club and volunteering with St. Luke’s Community House and Hands on Nashville. Oh, and either dreaming about a trip, stamping her passport or obnoxiously dropping names of her favorite travel destinations.
Megan’s dreams of being a professional video-game tester were dashed after developing a severe case of Nintendo Thumb at age 12, leaving her no choice but to focus on another talent: writing. She likes to believe that besides a way with words, her passion for technology (and an obsession with Apple computers) helped her land her gig at Hammock Inc., where she focuses primarily on digital media endeavors.
Growing up in the Chicago suburbs, Megan’s way of rebelling was listening to country music, though this came to a quick halt once she actually moved to the Nashville area for college. Never one to put all her eggs in one basket, Megan received a bachelor’s degree in both Journalism and Spanish from Middle Tennessee State University. After working in health-care marketing and as a Spanish interpreter, Megan joined the Hammock team as a writer in December 2005.
When she’s not getting her colleagues hopped up on candy, Megan can be found keeping her inner geek alive by challenging friends to a game of Trivial Pursuit, researching the latest Apple rumors or playing video games on one of her six gaming systems. And no, she has never called in sick because of a Super Mario-related injury.
Lynne Boyer celebrates 14 years at Hammock Inc. this year. As one of our favorite graphic designers, Lynne is able to change hats to fit the project. She spends the good part of a day working closely with the editorial team on page layouts for various clients, but can easily step into the role of art director for American Spirit and MyBusiness magazines.
When she’s not in the office, Lynne enjoys spending time with her husband and son, walking/biking and dinner/parties with friends. She also enjoys an eclectic range of music, good magazines, and keeping up with current events and history.
Lynne has a bachelor of science degree from Middle Tennessee State University.