Mary Hobson brings over 40 years of business experience in the general management, legal, and financial arenas to EFL Associates and its clients. As EVP Emeritus, we rely on Mary’s expertise in directing aspects of highly targeted search assignments, from investigation of organizational talent needs through candidate identification, evaluation, selection and project completion.
Since joining EFL Associates, Hobson has completed over 250 successful executive search assignments. Hobson’s extensive experience working with Boards and Search Committees ensures that she handles the responsibility of identifying and hiring an organization’s leader with efficiency and expertise.
Hobson began her career auditing business entities for the Internal Revenue Service in Kansas City, MO (1971–1977). After completing her JD degree (1980), she joined a large Kansas City law firm, specializing in tax, securities and real estate matters. In 1982, she co-founded her own firm, which subsequently merged with the 100-plus attorney St. Louis firm of Husch & Eppenberger (now Husch Blackwell). For the next 10 years, Hobson advised business clients on aspects of business formation and operations, focusing on integrating legal advice with the client’s business objectives to achieve practical solutions to problems.
In 1993, Hobson accepted the position of Vice President with Cal Emblem Labels, Inc., where she coordinated operations, corporate administration and legal matters as part of the top management team leading the company. After successfully concluding the sale of Cal Emblem to a public company in 1995, she joined EFL Associates.
Hobson has served as Chair of the board of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Colorado-Wyoming Chapter, and as President and Vice President of the board of Senior Housing Options, Inc.
J.D., University of Missouri – Kansas City, Kansas City, Missouri
B.B.A., University of Missouri – Kansas City, Kansas City, Missouri