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Get to Know Us: George Hopkins, CEO

YEA's Weekly Employee Spotlight

In honor of our CEO's birthday today, we're featuring him as our first Employee of the Week.


What did you do in Drum Corps?
Snare drummer in the 507 Hornets, and the Crossmen from 1968-1978
Cadets snare tech -- 1979
Assistant Director and percussion head -- 1980-1982
Director -- since September of 1982

What did you do in marching band
One semester in the snare line at west Chester university. Taught a ton of bands

Who's your favorite music person , living or dead, real or fictional?
Bernstein .. Barry is second :-)

What's the best meal you've eaten? What was it and where?
Steak and Lobster -- at SPARKS in NYC

In one sentence, what do you actually do all day in your job?
Do what I can to assist a team of folks in providing awesome experiences in marching music for tens of thousands of kids

What was your first job?
Paper boy ... Philadelphia Bulletin

What's the last thing you saw in the movies?
Trouble with the Curve -- Clint Eastwood

Do you give money to panhandlers?
As often as I can

Whats your drink at Starbucks?
Venti  Redeye ..... or a quad venti latte

What's your drink at the local bar?
'Kettle one martini ... with a splash of cranberry ... or a lager

How often do you prepare your own meals?
Does Cereal or Peanut Butter and Cheese sticks count??

What's your favorite cereal?
Special K ... with banana

What's hanging above your sofa?
6 pictures of different bizarre angel

How much is too much to spend on a haircut?

When's bedtime?
Oh wow .... ummmm ... depends ... 1 am???

Have you been to NYC? Which do you prefer, the old Times Square or the new Times Square?
NEW ... love the walk arounds ... it's good

How about Broadway? What have you loved?
Once, Les Miz, Phantom, Wicked, Marry Poppins, Sunday in the Park, Sweeney Todd, Death of a Salesman, Company, etc.

What do you think of American Idol?
Not much ... i saw it one or twice

Do you prefer Fiction or non Fiction ? What was the last book you read?
Non Fiction .... finishing Thomas Friedman --- THAT USED TO BE US

Who is your mortal enemy?
big dreams and small pocket book

When's the last vacation you took? Where did you go?
Few days in Tangelwood ... Awesome

Do you FB? What do you like about it?
A little ... it's a good way to communicate

Do you Twitter?

Where do you go to be alone?
my home in the hood ....

And finally … If you could meet one person … Dead or living … Who would it be?
John F. Kennedy or Martin Luther King Jr. ... both would do.


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