Robin C. Brooks
Director at Large
Robin C. Brooks is chairman, CEO and majority owner of Brooks Food Group, Inc., one of the few minority-owned businesses in America to be owned by a woman.
She assumed the role of CEO after leading the acquisition of the company's second food processing plant from Wampler Foods in 1999.
The first plant, located in Bedford, Virginia, was acquired by Brooks
in 1995 from McCormick & Company
, and also serves as the corporate headquarters.
brings to her
position more than 20 years of experience in mergers and acquisition, debt restructuring and corporate finance - expertise that has benefited Fortune 1000 clients such as Nestle, Pillsbury, Kraft, General Motors, Citibank, First Chicago and Household Bank
A mentor to aspiring female executives and entrepreneurs, Ms. Brooks
has been involved in C200
since 2003 as a member of the Foundation Board, the 2003 annual conference co-chair and chair of the Luminary Awards Committee.
Ms. Brooks is a past treasurer and director for the Women's Foodservice Forum, which named her the 2003 Entrepreneur of the Year, and the Multicultural Foodservice and Hospitality Alliance.
She has served on the Board of Advisors for The Commonwealth Institute of South Florida, and the SBA National Advisory Council.
leadership abilities have been recognized with the Northern Virginia Urban League's Excellence in Leadership award in April 2009 and with Ernst & Young's
Virginia Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2001.
Ms. Brooks holds a BA in economics from Smith College and a Masters of Management in finance and economics from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.