Susan - picContinuing our NewsGen Ten series, today we learn a little more about president & CEO Susan Matthews Apgood!

  1. If you had to be trapped in a TV show for a month, which would you choose? Morning Joe. I love politics and cannot get enough of the commentary, and political talk.
  1. What are you reading these days? The Girl on the Train and Built to Sell. I always try to keep one fiction book and one business book reading at a time.
  1. Fill in the blank: If you really knew me, you’d know I love to laugh, a lot. I find great humor in physical comedy and barf scenes in movies.
  1. What is the habit you are proudest of breaking? Or what habit do you want to break? I sucked my thumb until I was about 8 years old. I tried everything to stop, such as putting pepper on my thumb. Finally, I broke the habit after what felt like a long, long time.  I was old enough to know it was babyish.
  1. What is your heritage? I am 75% Irish and 25% German. My mom’s dad’s family was from Germany. We love to celebrate all things Irish.  My grandmother in law is a huge genealogist, and she has traced the Apgood side of the family back to Adam. Yes, that Adam.
  1. What kind of impact do you believe you have on people? I really like to motivate people to work to bring out their best. I have been in this journey from starting this company at 27 to transforming the way I feel about inspiring and leadership 18 years later.
  1. What’s the strangest talent you have? I have a bone on my wrist that pops in and out, was likely an old injury that I did not get treated properly.
  1. What is the best compliment you have ever received? My son Matthew told me over Christmas that he knows God loves him a lot because he was picked to be born to the best Mom in history.
  1. Over the course of your life, how many cities have you lived in and which was your favorite? I have lived in South Orange, NJ; Washington, DC; Atlanta, GA; and Bethesda, MD. My favorite by far is Bethesda. What I love about it is the people are super smart, love politics and love fitness. And, it is a great place to raise kids.
  1. What was the best meal you’ve ever eaten? Were you at a restaurant or at someone’s house? The night Rick and I got engaged, I ate at the Inn at Little Washington. The food was fantastic, and just one of those moments I wanted to stay in forever. The lobster mac and cheese, and the pistachio ice cream dessert is what I remember most.