Lynese Cargill Hoffman
Executive Vice President, CFO and Founder
As CFO of Common Ground Public Relations, Lynese utilizes her extensive financial and business operations experience to lead the Common Ground team in the day-to-day business of serving its clients and staff. Lynese has more than 20 years of experience in the public relations industry, and has been instrumental in the start-up and sustainability of two award-winning agencies. She has experience in designing accounting controls, billing and invoice systems, 401(k) and profit sharing plans, and human resource protocols. Under her guidance, the agencies have received recognition from St. Louis Small Business Monthly as “Best PR Firm,” the St. Louis Business Journal for “Fastest Growing Privately Held Companies” and “Best Places to Work,” and from the Holmes Report for “Best Financially Managed Small Agency.”
Lynese frequently assists the CGPR team with special events, and was instrumental in the planning and execution of Taubman Prestige Outlets’ groundbreaking and grand opening festivities, in which she oversaw the macro-management of various event logistics, coordinated proclamations from the governor, organized dignitary appearances, and managed budgets and third party contracts.
Lynese is Board President of the St. Louis alumni chapter of Southeast Missouri State University and a director of its scholarship-granting initiative, St. Louis Cares. She has been honored with Southeast Missouri State University’s Young Alumni Merit Award from the Harrison College of Business as well as a Southeast Salutes Award for outstanding alumni achievement. Lynese has attended annual meetings of Counselors Academy, WorldCom Public Relations Group and the Sedona Roundtable of Public Relations Agency Executives. She is a member of Progress 64, the Missouri Society of Accountants, FOCUS St. Louis, St. Louis Ambassadors and a founding member of the Chesterfield Business Association. In 2014 she was named a “Top 100 People to Know in Business” by St. Louis Small Business Monthly.
She is past chairman of the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce board of directors, and was the facilitator of Leadership Chesterfield, a yearlong emerging leaders program that primes up-and-coming stars from area companies to meet with local business and government leaders and discover the inner workings of their organizations and services. She was the program director for the Chamber’s monthly membership meetings for three years and served on various committees during her tenure, including the annual Pumpkin Run and ROI Leadership Conference.
Lynese earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration with an emphasis in accounting from the Harrisson College of Business at Southeast Missouri State University.