Main Street Waterbury has announced that the recipient of the 2019 Main Street Waterbury Community Partnership Award is John L. Hopkins of Middlebury, CEO, and President of Post University in Waterbury. Mr. Hopkins will receive the fifth annual award during a presentation at the Palace Theater in Waterbury on Wednesday, October 9, 2019, between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.
The Award was created by the non-profit Main Street Waterbury to celebrate the leadership and contributions of the late Stephen R. Sasala, former CEO of the Waterbury Regional Chamber and former president of Main Street Waterbury Board of Directors. It is presented to a commendable individual whose initiative, leadership, and personal commitment embody the spirit of partnership and community involvement.
Sasala advocated for quality planning and policy development and practiced the leadership approach of setting goals and staying the course while recognizing and working toward the bigger picture. With these qualities, he continually provided support for addressing local work in ways that ultimately benefitted the more global good.
John L. Hopkins is currently the CEO and President of Post University. Hopkins began his career in the hospitality business having worked for major luxury hotel companies. He functioned as the SVP of Operations for the Peabody Hotel group for many years before moving on to become President of RFS Hotels in Memphis TN. After selling that company, (as the first Hotel REIT), Hopkins joined Omni Hotels & Resorts International working in various senior-level roles, culminating his tenure with Omni as the EVP, the senior-most executive and executive board member, responsible for all aspects of the company’s performance and growth of this multi-billion dollar international hotel company.
He was a co-architect of the formation of Medtech College and its’ CEO for almost 5 years where he led the company through significant growth despite a battered education sector. Prior to joining Medtech, Hopkins was Chairman, President, and CEO of MedVance College, a healthcare education company. He joined MedVance in the fall of 2006. After a highly successful turn-around, followed by substantial growth, he eventually sold the company in December of 2009.
John Hopkins received his B.S. in Business from the Whittemore School of Business and Economics, at the University of New Hampshire. He has also received Executive Certificates of study from Cornell University in Management Sciences and Finance. Since arriving at our community, he has been active as a board member of numerous non-profit and for-profit organizations, including local board positions for the YMCA of Waterbury, The Palace Theater, and Executive Board of the Greater Waterbury Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Hopkins is a multiple Stevie Award winner, including Maverick CEO of the year three times, two-times CEO of the Year and two-times Company of the Year. His companies have been recognized for being best in Marketing, Innovations in Human Resources and Organizational Culture, Management Team of the year, two-time recipient of Best in Biz Awards, Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces and Best Places to Work, to name a few accolades that recognize his focus on building great companies.
Main Street Waterbury CEO Carl Rosa commented, “Since coming to Waterbury several years ago, John Hopkins has provided a tremendous level of generous support and insights. His impact on our non-profit organization has been immeasurable and we are truly very grateful.”
A portion of the annual Main Street Waterbury Community Partnership Award program is the awarding of a scholarship to a selected Greater Waterbury area student. In June 2019, Main Street Waterbury presented their 2019 Stephen R. Sasala II Community Partnership Scholarship to Ms. Bayan Galal of Prospect, Conn.
Ms. Galal graduated from Woodland Regional High School in Beacon Falls in June with a 99.15 GPA and is currently attending Yale University majoring in Political Science. During her high school years, she was very active in student government, Math honor society, athletics, and organizing community events having given over 500 community service hours. Her intentions are to pursue a career in public service.
Main Street Waterbury is a 501c3 non-profit, downtown management and revitalization program in the context of historic preservation. Through improving the physical appearance of downtown Waterbury, promoting its architectural and cultural assets, organizing volunteer initiatives, sponsoring events, and fostering public/private partnerships, the organization strives to economically rejuvenate Waterbury’s downtown district without sacrificing its character or heritage.
Tickets are $40/person and can be purchased in advance at the Palace Theater Box Office at 100 East Main Street in Waterbury, calling the box office at 203-346-2000, visiting www.palacetheaterct.org or www.mainstreetwaterbury.com. Tickets will be available October 9th at the box office. A portion of all proceeds will be directed toward Main Street Waterbury’s Stephen R. Sasala Scholarship Fund.