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VOL. 126 | NO. 209 | Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Eason Joins Obsidian As Account Executive

By Taylor Shoptaw

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Kelli Eason has joined Obsidian Public Relations as an account executive.


(Photo: Lance Murphey)

Hometown: Lake Charles, La.

Education: Bachelor of Arts in mass communication from Louisiana State University

Family: In Memphis, it’s just me and my cat, Bella Seta. My parents still live in Lake Charles with our dog, and my sister, Kristen, is in Russia working as an engineer.

Favorite quote: “We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.” – Sir Winston Churchill

Last book read: “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett

Sports team: The Fighting Tigers of Louisiana State University

Activities you enjoy outside of work: I really enjoy cooking, reading and sports (especially tennis and football). Since I’ve moved to Memphis, I’ve picked up a new hobby – exploring the city. I’m always looking to try a new restaurant, check out the farmer’s market or go to an event. So far, Memphis has been good to me!

Why did you pursue a career in marketing and public relations? Honestly, I overheard my mom on the phone one day telling her friend that she thought I would do well in PR. I was a senior in high school, and my mom is an instructor in the College of Business at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, La. I figured she would know better than I would, so I gave it a shot my freshman year at LSU. Turns out I love it. I really enjoy the importance of personal relationships, and I could write all day if anyone would let me.

What drew you to Obsidian? I love a good entrepreneur story, and I’m a big believer in small businesses with the opportunity to make a big impact on their communities. When I saw Obsidian’s high-quality work and excellent reputation, I was hooked.

What do you consider your greatest professional accomplishments? I’m still pretty new to the professional world, but so far my greatest accomplishment is always working for a brand I can believe in and doing work that I enjoy. I have never felt pressured into taking a job just to have a paycheck, and that’s so rare right now.

Nick Steele has been hired as a guitar instructor in the Department of Modern Music Ministry at Visible Music College. Christy Nini has joined as be named administrative librarian and Jennifer Perkins has accepted the position of admissions counselor.


Lanell Smith Jr. has been named student services and admissions officer at Southern College of Optometry.

Dotty Summerfield Giusti, president of Summerfield Associates Inc., has been honored at the National Association of Personnel Services Conference in Las Vegas. Summerfield was recognized for her long-standing involvement with NAPS as a board member, officer, and recipient of the Norbert I.B. Fried Ethics Award.


Dorothy Sanders Wells has been named the Black Student Association’s Distinguished Alumna of the Year at Rhodes College. Wells graduated in 1982 with a B.A. in vocal performance. She most recently served as staff director of tax and employee benefits law at FedEx Corp. She expects to receive her master of divinity degree from Memphis Theological Seminary in December.

Katie Bailey has been named director of intern and volunteer services at The Exchange Club Family Center. Britainé Bell has been named EarnBenefits Counselor and Marisol Rosas has been named Hispanic family services coordinator.

Thirteen attorneys from Thomason, Hendrix, Harvey, Johnson & Mitchell PLLC have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2012. They are Albert C. Harvey, J. Kimbrough Johnson, Jerry E. Mitchell, William H. Haltom, Kemper B. Durand, Stephen W. Vescovo, J. Martin Regan, Stephen C. Barton, Christopher L. Vescovo, Michael E. Keeney, Rehim Babaoglu, Joseph M. Clark and Brian S. Faughnan.

Matthew P. Gabriel and Adam J. Eckstein have joined Martin, Tate, Morrow & Marston PC. Gabriel and Eckstein will concentrate their legal practices in the area of litigation.

PROPERTY SALES 51 328 20,960
MORTGAGES 58 387 24,132
BUILDING PERMITS 170 842 43,435
BANKRUPTCIES 50 288 13,468