From The Rock

Festival season kicks off in Memphis

By | April 11, 2013

To me, nothing says springtime more than the festivals that take place around Memphis beginning in March. We now have a few different crawfish festivals, culminating with the big daddy, Rajun Cajun Crawfish Festival, which is organized by and supports our client Porter-Leath. There’s Memphis in May Beale Street Music... Read More »

Electing a Pope in the Modern World

By | March 18, 2013

Eight years ago, I was sitting in my trigonometry class at St. Louis Catholic High School in Lake Charles, La. While I usually dreaded the math class, that day was different. That was the final day the 2005 papal conclave – the first in my lifetime – which elected Pope... Read More »

My holiday ‘Family PR’ plan

By | November 15, 2012

I have often joked about having to do “family PR,” but I’m taking it seriously this Thanksgiving, as I’ve decided to take my kids on a trek across three states to reunite with family members we haven’t seen in a while – some we haven’t seen in quite a while.... Read More »

A little music = a lot of productivity…usually

By | November 12, 2012

If you’re like me, silence can be deafening. While I definitely appreciate silence for some activities – like sleeping – I almost always need some background noise for others. At Obsidian, we’re lucky to have a pretty open office. If someone asks a question, everyone else can answer without having... Read More »

It’s been a little spooky around here!

By | October 31, 2012

Greetings and Happy Halloween! If you’ve been following us via Facebook or Twitter lately, you’ve seen that some serious specter shenanigans have been brewing over here the last few weeks. Our Obsidian ghosts have been busy providing some afterlife advice. Here’s a recap of the messages they’ve left on our... Read More »

Getting to know the final two…

By | September 14, 2012


An animal advocate from Memphis and a Louisina-native who bleeds purple and gold, Katie Pemberton and Kelli Eason are our final “getting to know Obsidian” entries. Both are equally as passionate about PR as they are about their personal loves for animals and football. Katie Pemberton Birthday: 9/8/81 Hometown: Millington,... Read More »

Getting to know our main man — Thomas!

By | September 13, 2012


The only man among the women of Obsidian, Thomas Whitehead is an integral part of our team, offering valuable insight for our clients and the firm as a whole. He leverages his interests for the good, and you should take time to get to know him! Thomas Whitehead Birthday: June... Read More »

Get to know our Texas gals!

By | September 12, 2012


Part of Obsidian’s new Dallas operation, Crissy Lintner and Kerri Guyton headed to the great state of Texas to launch the new office earlier this year. Get to know them now! Kerri Guyton Birthday: Oct. 20 Hometown: I don’t really have a hometown. I was born in San Antonio, Texas,... Read More »

Getting to know…

By | September 11, 2012

Jake and Savannah

Our fearless leader and founder of Obsidian Public Relations: Courtney Liebenrood Ellett. Most people only know her as a powerhouse of PR knowledge, but this mother of two has other interests up her sleeve. Birthday: 5/10/75 Hometown: Collierville, Tenn. College: The University of Memphis All-time favorite restaurant: Have lots of... Read More »

Just who is Obsidian anyway?

By | September 10, 2012


That’s a great question! Who are the fabulous people who make up the Obsidian team? This week we aim to answer that by giving you a better idea of who we are and a little insight into our lives.   Getting to know… Lauren Hannaford Birthday: 4/25/85 Hometown: Memphis, Tenn.... Read More »