Blue Hominy is a small firm with big expertise and a hands-on approach that delivers results.
LAURA FRYER, Founder
Laura Fryer founded Blue Hominy Public Relations in 2014. The firm specializes in small food, drink and other lifestyle businesses, including restaurants, breweries, wine shops, individual food items, etc.
Previously, Laura served as Account Executive at Michelle Lehmann Communications, a boutique food and lifestyle PR firm in NYC who represented Counter Culture Coffee, Dean & Deluca, il Buco, sweetgreen, Edible Schoolyard NYC, BluePrintCleanse, Mouth.com, hotelier Ian Schrager, and many more.
Also in New York, Laura served as a Consultant with FTI Consulting, a global business advisory firm. As part of their Financial and Enterprise Data Analytics team, Laura provided litigation support benefitting victims of the Bernie Madoff scheme, the largest financial fraud in American history.
Laura earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Virginia, where she majored in Economics and minored in History. During college, she studied abroad at the London School of Economics, where she focused on financial theories of international markets. She served as a summer intern at The New York Times and at two Atlanta-based firms: Cookerly Public Relations and EOS Marketing. Born and raised in Atlanta, Laura lives near Midtown with her husband Gibbs, toddler son Hamilton, and cockapoo Percy.
LIZZIE POWELL WILLIAMS, Senior Account Executive
Lizzie has an eclectic background in food that combines her love for cooking and public relations. Prior to joining Blue Hominy, Lizzie worked in Edelman's Washington, D.C. office for three years and later attended culinary school at New York's Institute of Culinary Education. She studied Culinary Arts & Culinary Management, leading her to an externship in the kitchen at Danny Meyer's world-renowned Gramercy Tavern.
Since moving home to Atlanta, Lizzie worked in-house for Kevin Gillespie's Red Beard Restaurants group as a public relations manager, as a personal chef for private clients, and as event chef for Homespun boutique catering company.
Lizzie earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Georgia in 2011, where she majored in Public Relations and minored in Spanish. During college, she spent her summers interning for public relations teams at the Georgia Aquarium, the Boys and Girls Club of Athens, and the Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services Department. In her free time, Lizzie enjoys exploring Atlanta restaurants, cooking, traveling, and hiking with her husband, Barnett.
SHANNA PETTENGILL, Account Executive
Before joining Blue Hominy, Shanna spent the past three years working throughout Atlanta. She served previously as Marketing Campaign Manager to Atlanta-based and leading card-linked marketing company, Cardlyics, where she partnered with the nation’s top restaurants and helped lead the Campaign Operations team. Prior to this, she was the Lead Systems and Operations Advisor for Warby Parker, and aided in curating brand awareness and increasing client engagement.
Shanna is a graduate of the University of North Georgia and earned her Bachelor of Art degree in English Writing and Publication with a minor in Spanish. As an undergraduate, Shanna served as a writer and editor to her university’s newspaper, and studied abroad in Spain and Morocco. Her love for food extends back to childhood Sunday suppers with her family, but it was during her time traveling and finding new ingredients that she found her passions in sharing the story behind food. Shanna is a native of north Georgia, and when she isn’t working, you can find her exploring new restaurants and coffee shops, reading, or hiking the Appalachian Mountains.
HANNA FINLAY, Account Executive
Hanna joins the Blue Hominy team with a mixed background in public relations and marketing specializing in the food, beverage and hospitality industry. Most recently, she worked for the James Beard award-winning chef Linton Hopkins and wife Gina coordinating marketing and public relations efforts for their group of Atlanta-based restaurants including nationally-renowned Restaurant Eugene and Holeman & Finch Public House. During her time there she led content strategy, cultivated relationships with local media and influencers and managed brand consistency across the company's six businesses.
Prior to living and working in Atlanta, Hanna was a public relations coordinator for TK PR, a boutique public relations firm in her hometown of Greenville, SC. It was in this role that she fell in love with the hospitality industry. She is constantly inspired by the passion and diversity of those in food & beverage and seeks to find new ways to tell their stories more effectively.
Hanna attended Clemson University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and a minor in Psychology in 2015. In her free time you can find her traveling, dining at the hottest new spots in town or practicing yoga.
ANNE BERNARD, Assistant Account Executive
A graduate of Florida State University, Anne obtained her degree in Media Communication Studies. Throughout her time in Tallahassee, she worked as Junior Account Coordinator for a local PR agency specializing in travel and hospitality, spent a summer as a wedding and events intern and served as communications chair for her sorority.
Growing up, Anne admits to being a picky eater, but now she thoroughly enjoys stepping outside her comfort zone to discover new flavors. When she isn't at the office, she can be found exploring the extensive food scene that makes up her new home of Atlanta.