25 Years of Elmore PR: 2008

2017 is a big year for Elmore Public Relations—we’re celebrating our 25th anniversary! For the past 25 years, our agency has been working with numerous clients to help them achieve their goals, or as we say – connecting strategy, expertise and results. Each week we’re highlighting a year of Elmore PR.

One of the most rewarding opportunities Elmore PR has had in its 25-year history is to team with visionaries to bring an idea from concept to fruition. Our role has often been to introduce a concept, build excitement, and foster partnerships.

2008 marked milestones for two landmark projects in Houston: the opening of Discovery Green and the Lee and Joe Jamail Skatepark. It was a strong signal for the desire for world-class public gathering places in our city.

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25 Years Later

By: Susan Elmore

25 years! When I started my PR practice, I never dreamed we would have a robust, satisfying two-and-a-half decades!

Thinking back, I’m amazed and humbled by the trust and opportunities our clients have offered us over the years. From our very first client – the newly formed Theater District, 1991 – to the very most recent new client – Trees For Houston, 2017 – we have had the opportunity to work with companies and organizations that are making Houston a more vibrant city.

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Hello, Texas and Elmore PR!

By: Rachel Compton

Hi! My name is Rachel Compton, and I recently joined Elmore PR as an assistant account manager. I am a Texan at heart and just moved back to the Lone Star State after living in Washington, DC for two years. My time working as a deputy press secretary on Capitol Hill prepared me for the fast-paced environment of public relations and taught me how to handle all challenges strategically and gracefully. I am honored to join this team of inspiring, motivated women who push me to think outside the box and test my creative limits.
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Let’s Do This

By: Nataly Torres

Hi, folks! My name is Nataly Torres and I am one of the new assistant account managers at Elmore Public Relations. I joined Elmore PR in April and so far, it’s been nothing short of amazing. From the get go, everyone has been so kind and welcoming, making my transition seamless. Having the opportunity to work with clients that are positively impacting the City of Houston, like Discovery Green, Career and Recovery Resources and the High School for the Visual and Performing Arts, is absolutely exciting and an honor.
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A Home for the Holidays

By: Susan Elmore

I often think how truly fortunate I am to work with so many extraordinary people.  In 2015, I first heard about The Way Home from Bob Eury of Central Houston, and soon realized that many people I know and respect are intimately involved!  Ann Stern of the Houston Endowment, Kimberly Sterling of Sterling and Associates, Jennifer Evans of JL Evans Communications, Thao Costis of SEARCH… the list could go on. When I first heard the goal of eradicating homelessness I thought they had chosen a poor tag-line for an unachievable outcome.  In fact, I remember chiding Bob Eury about whether this goal might be unrealistic. The result – I found myself reading about The Way Home and the progress already being made. This story by MSNBC moved me deeply.   I hope you will take a moment to watch the video and visit the website. I hope someday Houston is as well known for this campaign as it is for having great arts, food and culture!
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By: Claudia Morlan

Susan, Claudia, Jennie, Kim, Norma and Elizabeth at the Buffalo Bayou Park Grand Opening
Susan, Claudia, Jennie, Kim, Norma and Elizabeth at the Buffalo Bayou Park Grand Opening

Whew! Thirteen years is a milestone. When I was laid off from an energy company in 2002 – two guesses which energy company – I took a freelance job. I remember meeting Susan Elmore months before when her agency was working on a community relations project for said energy company. How could I miss her? She had red hair and was wearing flashy cowboy boots.

She needed some help. I was out of a job. Sounded good. It was going to be a temporary gig until I found my next thing. More than a decade later, I have no regrets.
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Are you going to ride METRO for free next week?

By: Susan Elmore

When I first heard this on the radio in June, I made a mental promise to myself that I would ride the free bus to work. And home. And, perhaps even to exercise class!

Why am I so obsessed?  I’m a native Houstonian. I can count the number of times I have ridden a bus on two hands. When you take away riding a bus to camp and a paid shuttle to the airport, I can count the number of times I’ve ridden a bus in Houston on one finger… as in ONE TIME.

It was the spring of 3rd grade. I was living in Afton Oaks and going to Will Rogers Elementary on Richmond Avenue.  Those of you from back in the day may recall that Will Rogers was next to the Hattie Mae White Headquarters building for HISD, dubbed the “Taj Mahal” by skeptics of big education. The Taj Mahal is now a Costco, and Will Rogers Elementary was an “experimental” school. Trust me – experimental education can be a challenge for a nine-year-old girl. But, I digress. Continue reading “Are you going to ride METRO for free next week?”