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As a small child, Missy Acosta was influenced by music—cleaning the house every Saturday morning she would hear Helen Reddy sing “I am woman hear me roar” and she knew she could do anything!
Career focused and driven, Missy started interning in public relations her junior year at Father Ryan. She was a stringer for the New York Timesand MIX Magazine while in college, and, after graduating Magna Cum Laude from Xavier University, this Nashville native returned home for a career in the music business.
Missy worked for entertainment industry agencies before moving into the label realm at ForeFront Records where she worked with such artists as DC Talk, Rebecca St. James, and Skillet. After four years, she moved over to Buddy Killen Enterprises’ music labels KMG and Damascus Road. As part of a small staff, Missy experienced all aspects of a record label – from publicity to A&R to being stylist on photo shoots. While working at KMG, she also met her new best friend and greatest champion, whom she would soon call her husband. He helped give her the courage to make her first career transition from music to corporate PR.
In 1999, Missy moved to Knoxville as an account executive for Ackermann Public Relations. She worked in the Knoxville office for two years before returning to Nashville and running the Nashville office. In 2002, PR Weekrecognized Missy as one of its “15-to-Watch,” a recognition that placed her among the top of peers nationwide.She later moved to GS&F where she became director of Public Relations.
Throughout this time, Missy continued refining her writing chops and was published in a wide range of publications, including MIX Magazine,Country America, Christian Bride, and Campus Life, among others.
Missy joined Delta Dental in 2006 as Director of Corporate Communications and Public Relations, her second major career transition. She was promoted to Vice President of Marketing in 2007, and Government Relations was added to her area of responsibility in 2015. She oversees all marketing and communications programs for Delta Dental. She is immediate past-chair for the Delta Dental Plans Association’s Communications Advisory Group, the group responsible for effective management of the Delta Dental brand at the national level.
Following her 25thgraduation anniversary, Missy returned to college, this time Trevecca Nazarene University, and completed her MBA in December 2017.
Along the way, Missy learned the importance of community engagement. Kiwanis International recognized her presidency of the Nashville club as “distinguished,” an honor given to fewer than 15 percent of clubs around the world. Missy currently serves on boards and committees for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee, the American Diabetes Association, Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. She is also a former board chair for Dismas, Inc. and Kiwanis of Nashville Foundation, and former event committee chair for the American Cancer Society’s Coaches Versus Cancer.
Missy lives in Mt. Juliet with her fantastic husband Dennis and two children—high school junior Dennis and fourth-grader Martha.