Houston Treasure for 2018
Photo by: Gittings
For years, Susan Sarofim could be found behind the wheel of a race car, competing on tracks across the country. Off the track, Sarofim operates with the same high-octane intensity, focusing on goals that make winning changes for the community through her professional and philanthropic efforts.
Since 1989, Sarofim has owned Brooke Staffing Companies Inc. based in New Orleans and Houston, and is also the owner of New Orleans Auction Galleries, representing estates, private collections, antiques, art, estate jewelry and more. Susan relocated from New Orleans to Houston in the wake of Hurricane Katrina where she co-founded, To Educate All Children. TEACH provides educators in the Houston Independent School District with the skills to teach at-risk students. She has served as a member of the Houston Community College Foundation Board, 2011-2016; as a member of the Labor, Education and Health Advisory Council for the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, 2009-2012, and as board president for the Memorial Hermann Foundation since 2015.
In recent years, Susan has co-chaired the UNICEF Annual Audrey Hepburn Society Ball, Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce Gala, Memorial Hermann’s Circle of Life Gala, Hermann Park Conservancy Luncheon, Houston Humane Society No-Gala, and the Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market Preview Party.
She has been honored by many organizations including UNICEF, Houston Ballet, Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation, Easter Seals, Houston Community College, and Citizens for Animal Protection. In 2016 Susan was inducted into The Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame, the Houston Chronicle Best Dressed Hall of Fame, and was also a Best Dressed Award winner in 2011 and 2013. She was listed as one of the 2017 Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce – Women to Watch in Business.
Susan is the mother of three: daughter Lori Sarofim (who resides in Houston with children Lily and Serenella), daughter Kelly Krohn, and son David Lee.
Susan gladly put the brakes on her racing hobby when she married Fayez Sarofim; however, the married couple’s mutual commitment to philanthropy continues to fuel Susan’s diverse support of the Houston community, which will always be her driving passion.