Councilwoman Suzanne Klapp has been focused on government and business issues since she was in her 20s in her hometown of Evansville IN. Suzanne’s primary concerns have been economic development and strategic planning, conservative taxation and regulatory policies, and citizen leadership development.
After graduating in the first Leadership Evansville class, Suzanne became intimately involved in LE, becoming the first graduate to be President of the organization. She headed a public/private task force in the late 70’s that began the effort to redevelop the downtown riverfront area and served on numerous local boards in leadership positions. She worked for 14 years in a variety of management positions for Whirlpool Corporation in Evansville and at the company’s headquarters in Michigan.
She later owned a plastics manufacturing plant in Indiana and was General Manager for a distribution center in Los Angeles. While in Dallas TX obtaining her MBA from SMU, and on leave from Whirlpool, she hosted a television show about real estate development and worked as a business writer for the Dallas Times Herald.
Throughout her 40 year business career Suzanne Klapp has been involved in improving the cities where she has lived. Now in Scottsdale for the past 17 years Suzanne continues that same tradition.
Suzanne was elected to the City Council in 2008 and re-elected in 2012 and 2016. She owns the FASTFRAME franchise stores in Scottsdale and serves with her husband as a Regional Developer for the franchise in Arizona. She is a graduate of Valley Leadership and serves on the Advisory Board for Scottsdale Leadership.
She was instrumental in forming the Scottsdale Gateway Alliance (SGA) to encourage development and reinvestment in the McDowell Road Corridor. She has been involved in the Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce, several Rotary clubs, and is an elected Republican precinct committeeman.
Suzanne chairs the Council’s Audit Committee, is a member of the Council’s Westworld Sub-Committee, served on MAG’s Domestic Violence Council and is a member of Valley Metro’s RPTA Board of Directors that provides transportation leadership in Maricopa County.