Susan C. Franklin is a versatile executive committed to design excellence with an unwavering dedication to philanthropic interests in the San Antonio community. She is the Co-Founder and Co-Owner of Franklin Park, a leader in independent and assisted living retirement communities. In June 2014, Mrs. Franklin, and her husband, Aubra, were awarded the prestigious EY Entrepreneur of the Year designation for Central Texas. This annual award recognizes entrepreneurs who have a proven track record of innovation that has resulted in exceptional success in their industries.
Mrs. Franklin oversees many aspects of the operation of Franklin Park including brand management, design management, first impressions management and the company’s community outreach and philanthropic presence. Design consistency and quality is a key driver for Mrs. Franklin’s approach to the creation of warm and inviting architectural spaces punctuated with refined, elegant touches, a hallmark of Franklin Park’s living communities. Mrs. Franklin also brings her passion for philanthropic causes as Franklin Park’s direct connection with broader communities that surround the company’s facilities. Mrs. Franklin’s outreach efforts frequently culminate in unique experiences for Franklin Park’s residents including on-site concerts and events as well as cultural outings. Franklin Park was the title sponsor for the 2017 Walk to End Alzheimer’s – San Antonio hosted by the Alzheimer’s Association.
In addition to her responsibilities at Franklin Park, Mrs. Franklin gives enthusiastically of her time and talents to support many non-profit organizations. Her desire to elevate both the appreciation and the accessibility of the fine arts in San Antonio inspires her passionate service to multiple cultural standard-bearers. She currently serves as a member of the Building Committee for the Bexar County Performing Arts Center Foundation and is Co-Chair of the Founders Network. Through these positions she has worked extensively as part of a team bringing forth both the vision and the necessary support that is making the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts a reality for San Antonio. She also serves on the Tobin Gala Committee.
Mrs. Franklin was inducted in the San Antonio Women’s Hall of Fame in 2016 for her contribution to the creative arts and was profiled in the January 2017 cover story of San Antonio Woman Magazine. She serves on the boards of ARTS San Antonio and Musical Bridges Around the World and has actively supported the San Antonio International Piano Competition, the Andrea Bocelli Concert presented byThe Opera San Antonio and many other arts organizations. Mrs. Franklin and her husband, Aubra Franklin, have served as hosts for many notable musicians and musical contributors. These individuals include Nobuyuki Tsujii, Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Gold Medalist, Emanuel Borok, world-renowned concert master of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Anya Grokhovski, Musical Bridges artistic director and concert pianist, and Lilya Zilberstein, acclaimed pianist. Mrs. Franklin’s dedication extends beyond San Antonio as she also serves as a Guild Member for New York City Ballet.
Mrs. Franklin is a Noble Patron of the Charity Ball Association of San Antonio, a Golden Circle supporter of the Texas Biomedical Research Institute, and served as Co-Chair of the 2017 UT Health President’s Gala. She is also a member of the Witte Museum Quillin Society.