Alighting to the Twin Cities from Bismark, ND, Lynn Casey was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of PadillaCRT in 2001 after serving as its Chief Operating Officer since 1997.
Earning her Master’s in mass communications from the University of Minnesota in 1979, Casey joined the public relations firm of Brum & Anderson in 1983 and was up and coming within the agency when it merged with Padilla & Spear in 1987 forming Padilla, Spear and Beardsley.
In 2013, Casey oversaw the firm’s latest merger with another PR agency – forming PadillaCRT – a full-service communication provider of brand strategy, website design and content development.
Casey was honored by Twin Cities Business by being inducted into the 2014 Minnesota Business Hall of Fame. This was not the first time Casey was recognized by her PR peers. In 2006, she received the Alumni Award for Excellence from the University of Minnesota School of Journalism and Mass Communications. In 2007, she was named the Nonprofit Director of the Year by the Minnesota Chapter of Women on Boards. Also, as a feather in her hat while serving as CEO, in 2010 Padilla CRT was named as Holmes Report’s Best Large Agency to Work For.
Casey has led PadillaCRT for the past 14 years weathering the dot com crash and the 9/11 economic downturn from the firm’s headquarters in Minneapolis. Casey leadership skills have been instrumental in guiding over 400 employees comprising the agency’s locations in Los Angeles, New York, Norfolk, Richmond and Washington D.C., as well as in furthering PadillaCRT’s global advantage stemming from its partnership with the Worldcom Group’s offices in 111 cities spanning 6 continents.
PadillaCRT is now an industry leader that is poised to remain in the top round of PR agencies for the foreseeable future. Under Casey’s tutelage, PadillaCRT has navigated the ever-evolving communications industry in order to keep its clients’ brands in front of their competition. PadillaCRT’s “centers-of-excellence teams” identify brand communication strategies and create fresh ideas that grab consumer attention across paid, owned, earned, and shared mediums.
Casey’s leadership history at PadillaCRT inspires her colleagues, employees, and the next generation of business leaders worldwide who strive to produce seamless, effective messaging achieving powerful results.