Gina Stouffer, President, Charleston

A born leader and an inveterate traveler, Gina Stouffer has helped spearhead the growth of Lou Hammond Group since joining the firm in 1998.  In her current capacity as President of the Charleston office, Gina oversees a broad portfolio of accounts in hospitality and tourism, real estate, economic development, the arts, consumer products and technology.

A native of Little Rock, Arkansas, Gina graduated from Baylor University in Waco, Texas with a degree in history and political science, along with a certificate in teaching. Her innate curiosity and diverse interests laid the groundwork for her successful career in public relations. After college graduation, Gina honed her public affairs skills as an intern in the Clinton White House in Washington, DC. She went on to work in the cruise and hospitality industries, and later joined Lou Hammond Group as an account executive in the New York office.

Always ready for a new challenge, Gina opened the firm’s Miami office in 2002, crisscrossing the region to bring the LHG brand to the Southeast, the Caribbean and Latin America. Ten years later, Gina and her family moved to Charleston, SC to head up the LHG office there.

As the Southern region experienced a boom in its economy and the emergence of the ‘New South’, Gina helped broaden the firm’s capabilities to include economic development and real estate, along with tourism and destination marketing—all interrelated components of the new fueled economy.  Looking west, she laid the groundwork for the opening of the firm’s new Houston office.

Gina sees building relationships with clients, staff and the media as a key component in her successful career. She loves learning – and she is adept at teaching as a mentor and champion for the LHG team. Along the way, she has collected numerous honors and awards including multiple Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International Awards for her clients. In recognition of her leadership in the tourism industry, she served as past president of Les Dames d’Escoffier, an international philanthropic organization of women leaders in the food, wine and hospitality industries.

Gina and her husband Blake have now put down roots in Charleston. They enjoy all that the city and environs have to offer, along with their son Sebastian (Baz), adopted from Haiti, and their two rescue dogs, Berty and Earl.