For Immediate Release —November 18, 2009
David Irwin
Media Relations Manager
(585) 245-5516

College Council Member A. Gidget Hopf ’72 Receives Executive of the Year Honors

A member of the Geneseo College Council, A. Gidget Hopf ’72, president and chief executive officer of the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired-Goodwill of Greater Rochester, was recently named 2009 Executive of the Year at the Greater Rochester Awards luncheon, sponsored by the United Way of Greater Rochester and the Rochester Business Journal.

The award recognizes an individual CEO who has demonstrated consistent and measurable business results, while also providing an invaluable service to people throughout the community.

“I am truly honored and genuinely humbled to be recognized by our community in this way,” said Hopf, who also has served on the Geneseo Alumni Association board. “I have had the pleasure of working for an organization for which I care deeply, doing a job I have loved for more than 20 years, in a community that is unlike any other.  An honor such as this is truly a defining moment in my career.”

Hopf, who also has a doctorate of education from George Washington University, has served as president and CEO of ABVI-Goodwill for nearly 23 years. Under her leadership, the organization has become one of the premier providers of vision rehabilitation services in the country and one of the most entrepreneurial and successful not-for-profit organizations in New York State.