Laurie Hobbs is Vice President of Marketing for Marcus Hotels & Resorts, a leading hospitality management company and division of The Marcus Corporation (NYSE:MCS). She is responsible for providing executive leadership and management of strategies including marketing, message development, e-commerce, and public relations.
Ms. Hobbs began her career with Financial Shares Corp., an international public relations, marketing and training firm based in Chicago.
She later served more than 15 years at Edelman Worldwide, the largest international communications agency. She joined the firm as an account executive and was promoted to Vice President, responsible for major corporate and travel accounts, and notable consumer brands. While at Edelman and as a marketing communications consultant, one of Ms. Hobbs clients was GE Healthcare where she helped introduce major medical technological advancements in North America and worldwide.
Ms. Hobbs returned to the travel and hospitality industry in her role as director of marketing communications for Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, the top destination property on Florida’s North Gulf Coast. There, she was responsible for marketing the resort, its business units, major events, and the management of complex issues like the Gulf Oil Spill. Her other travel related positions included director of marketing at Blue Harbor Resort, Spa and Conference Center.
Ms. Hobbs is a graduate of Northern Illinois University. She is a board member of ABCD: After Breast Cancer Diagnosis, and serves as a speaker for various colleges and universities. She has received several industry recognitions including the Publicity Club of Chicago Silver Trumpet Award, the Golden Bell Award from the Hotel Sales & Marketing Association, the Clarion Award from Women in Communications, and the Tower Award from the Business/Professional Advertising Association. She was named an Outstanding Young Woman of America, listed in Who’s Who of American Women, Who’s Who in the Midwest and Who’s Who in the World.