Susan C. Franklin is the Co-Founder of Franklin Park, an industry leader in independent, assisted living and memory care retirement communities. She is a versatile executive committed to design excellence with an unwavering dedication to the mission of Franklin Park. In June 2014, Mrs. Franklin, and her husband, Aubra, were awarded the prestigious Ernst & Young 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 campuses. 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.
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.
Mrs. Franklin has served on the boards of ARTS San Antonio and Musical Bridges Around the World and actively supports the San Antonio International Piano Competition, The Opera San Antonio, San Antonio Symphony, the Andrea Bocelli Concert presented by The 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 and is a Golden Circle supporter of the Texas Biomedical Research Institute.