Suzanne M. Hopgood
President and CEO — The Hopgood Group, LLC
Suzanne Hopgood is President and CEO of The Hopgood Group, LLC, a corporate business consulting and governance firm she founded in 1985. Ms. Hopgood assists companies with business and financial challenges. Her expertise includes being CEO and or Chair, operations, and adding shareholder value. She focuses on hospitality, having grown up in a family business that owned and operated hotels and restaurants and she has served as the CEO of Furr’s Restaurant Group (NYSE:FRG) and Houlihan’s Restaurant Group (privately held). She currently Chairs Newport Harbor Corporation, owners and operators of a Relais & Chateau and a portfolio of restaurants in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
Ms. Hopgood has served as Chairman of the Board and as CEO of both public and private companies, and she is a Financial Expert. She has served on the board of eleven companies, six of which are public companies.
Ms. Hopgood has served as Chair of the Nominating & Governance Committee on the board of Point Blank Solutions, Inc (PBSO.pk), a global manufacturer of high performance body armor; on the board of Italy-based Villa Sistemi Medicali; as Chairman of the Board of Del Global Technologies, Inc (NASDAQ: DGTC), an international manufacturer of medical equipment and defense products; as chair of Nominating & Governance and a Financial Expert of Acadia Realty Trust (NYSE: AKR); as Chair & CEO of Furr’s Restaurant Group (NYSE: FRG); and as CEO of Houlihan’s Restaurant Group, as the Chair of Nominating & Governance on the board of Mace Security International (OTC:MACE), as Chair of Newport Harbor Corporation, a hospitality company, and she serves as the Governor-appointed Chair of the Capital Region Development Authority, which currently oversees $1 Billion in real estate construction.
She speaks internationally on corporate board issues, including to directors in Russia, Brazil, London, and Hong Kong. She co-authored the award-winning Board Leadership for the Company in Crisis.
Prior to founding The Hopgood Group, LLC, Ms Hopgood was responsible for a $1 billion equity real estate portfolio for Aetna Realty Investors. Prior to Aetna, she was the Vice President and Senior Lending Officer of a Massachusetts savings bank, responsible for all residential and commercial lending and collections/foreclosures.