(Photo courtesy of Constance Brown)
Al and Suzanne Hall both grew up in families where helping others and giving back to community was a way of life. And it’s a practice they’ve continued through dozens of nonprofit organizations.
Born in Westchester County, NY, Suzanne earned degrees at Pace University and Lesley College, in marketing and organizational behavior, respectively. She came to Rhode Island to work in the jewelry industry, followed by work as human resource manager at Nortek, Inc., then HR manager at W. A. Wilde, and lastly as assistant firm administrator at Sansiveri, Ryan & Sullivan.
It was at Nortek that Suzanne met Al, who had grown up in Laconia, NH, and Brunswick, ME. After earning a degree in accounting from New Hampshire College in 1968, he began working as an auditor for the CPA firm, Arthur Andersen in Boston. Through the years, he was promoted to senior audit manager. Among his diverse client portfolio was Providence-based Nortek.
In 1977, Nortek’s Rick Bready invited Al to interview for its corporate controller position, an “invitation” which turned into a 39-year career. Al retired from Nortek at the end of 2015 as senior vice president and chief financial officer. During his tenure, he was part of 154 acquisitions by Nortek.
Of their community involvement, Al says, “My father was someone who was always there to help someone out, no matter what.” Suzanne continues, “My father was always in the community, through the church, as president of the local Lions Club, and at our school.”
The couple support and are active with many nonprofit organizations. Suzanne is a board member at Roger Williams Zoo and the San Miguel School. Al is a board member and past president of The Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School.
In partnering with the Foundation, Al explains, “The Foundation’s funding stays in the community,” with Suzanne adding, “We want to keep our support here as well."