CEO of the Year Finalists | 1-50 Employees
MBQ CEO of the Year 2013
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Name: Courtney Liebenrood Ellett
Company: Obsidian Public Relations
Address: 493 S. Main Street, Suite 101, Memphis, TN 38018
Services provided: With offices in Memphis and Dallas, provides strategy and tactical deployment across the PR spectrum.
Number of Employees: 12
How long with company: Since the beginning
Education: B.A., Journalism, University of Memphis
Accomplishments: Operating on a category-exclusive model, firm has represented more than 200 clients to date, including Kroger Delta Division, Madison Hotel, and Porter-Leath.
Professional Awards: PR Director of the Year, Memphis Advertising Federation. Named to “Top 40 Under 40,” Memphis Business Journal, and “50 Women Who Make a Difference,” Memphis Woman. Recipient of five Silver VOX Awards, Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), Memphis Chapter; four national Bronze Anvil Awards, PRSA; and Addy Awards’ Best of Show, Memphis Advertising Federation.
Civic Responsibilities/causes: Launched the annual PR 180° Project providing six months free services to two local nonprofits a year. 2013 winners are The Blues Foundation and the Fire Museum of Memphis.
Family/personal information: Married to Brisco Ellett III. Children: Savannah and Jake.
What makes a good CEO: “Know what you’re good at and stick to that as a company. Also, find the best employees possible and delegate.”