Jenn Snyder – Executive Director: For more than a decade, Snyder has been connecting Charlotte business leaders to one another and creating opportunities to make significant business and philanthropic impacts in the community. As the executive director and spokesperson for the organization, Snyder is the key point of contact for business leaders and has helped build the Hood Hargett Breakfast Club into the premier business development and networking group in Charlotte. She produces more than 40 organization related events annually, including nine monthly breakfast events featuring nationally known business leaders, news personalities and celebrities, while also overseeing the organizations philanthropic work.
Snyder leads and organizes the groups fund raising events, including golf tournaments, casino nights and auctions for student scholarships, police families and veterans. In April 2008 Jenn produced and organized the largest 9/11 Tribute Event in Charlotte which included a live broadcast on FOX Charlotte and over 2000 attendees. To date, Hood Hargett Breakfast Club members have awarded over $300,000 in scholarships to Charlotte-Mecklenburg student/athletes throughout Mecklenburg County. at the Charlotte Convention Center to raise funds for slain police officers families.
Snyder is also the author of the book Don’t Change the Channel. Inspired by her own philanthropic actions, this book serves to motivate people to seize the moments in their lives to help others. Snyder also travels around the country as a motivational speaker to corporations, non-profits and philanthropic groups.
Her philosophy is simple: By treating people with kindness and respect, incorporating a lifestyle of volunteering and caring for those around us, we can change the world.
Chuck Hood – Owner: David. L. “Chuck” Hood, Jr. is a Tar Heel born and bred – as well as a native Charlottean. After graduating from East Mecklenburg, Chuck attended the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, where he graduated with a degree in Economics. While at Chapel Hill, he was awarded membership in Phi Beta Kappa. As owner and President of Hood Hargett & Associates Chuck has grown the Agency to become one of the areas largest independent insurance firms serving commercial and personal clients throughout the United States. Chuck and his agents are known for their community service – including sponsorship of the Hood Hargett Breakfast Club – Student Athlete Scholarship Program.
Chuck has served and chaired numerous boards and received awards including: Board of Directors and Board of Trustees for the Alexander Youth Network, including one year as Chairman. Board of Managers of the Dowd YMCA Chaired the Dowd YMCA Outreach Golf Tournament, which raised $110,000 Board of Trustees of the Greater Charlotte Metro YMCA. Founding Board Member of New Dominion Bank Former President of Carmel Country Club Member of the Charlotte/Mecklenburg Police Foundation Board Board member of The First Tee of Charlotte Served 10 years on the Board of Trustees for Charlotte Country Day School, including three years as Chairman Co-chaired Charlotte Country Day School capital campaign, which raised over $33 million. Charlotte Country Day created The “David L. Hood, Jr. Service Award” in Chucks’ honor – and, fittingly, he was its first recipient.
Kathy Hixon – Executive Assistant: Since 2005, Kathy has been part of the Hood Hargett Breakfast Club team. She assists in executing all events offered by the Club and maintains office operations.
Kathy is the application coordinator for the Liz Murray Scholarship Program and works as a liaison between the students and the scholarship selection committee. In addition to her duties with HHBC, Kathy is also personal assistant to Mr. Chuck Hood of the Hood Hargett & Associates Insurance Agency.
The Hood Hargett Breakfast Club awards a $1,500 scholarship to the Liz Murray Scholarship Fund winner at its monthly Breakfast meeting, held at Quail Hollow Country Club. That month’s winner is invited to be a part of this Breakfast, where they are introduced and recognized from the podium before being invited to sit with the guest speaker at the head table.
To be eligible the student must be in the Charlotte Mecklenburg School system. The student’s parents, high school principal and coach are also invited and encouraged to attend.