Marie Casey left a full-time job as editor of St. Louis Construction News and Review in 1983 to start her own public relations agency, operating out of her house in the beginning. Throughout her career, she served major clients in construction-related industries, trade groups, and educational institutions whose leaders sought her counsel long before “going public” with a project or a problem. Casey also established a local niche in developing corporate histories and “leadership legacies” for her clients, and she did extensive volunteer work with her alma mater, the University of Missouri – St. Louis’ Fine Arts/Communications school, the St. Louis Mercantile Library and Missouri History Museum. Casey was honored in 2009 with the Distinguished Service Award for Campus-Wide Service by the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL), and recognized in 2004 as an Influential Business Woman by the St. Louis Business Journal. She received UMSL’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 1991. .