Councilwoman Suzanne Klapp
Councilwoman Suzanne Klapp began her first term on the Scottsdale City Council in January 2009 and was re-elected to a second term, beginning January 2013.
She has 40 years of broad management experience in manufacturing, distribution and retail operations. Her career began with Whirlpool Corp., where she worked for 14 years in staff and operations management positions in marketing, internal and external communications, human resources, production and material control. She served as the company’s spokesman both at its large refrigeration manufacturing facilities in Indiana and its headquarters in Michigan. Subsequently, Councilwoman Klapp owned a custom injection plastics molding plant in Indiana for 5 years before moving west.
While in Indiana, her extensive community volunteer work included presidencies of Leadership Evansville, Salvation Army Advisory Board, and Evansville Civic Theatre.
She was general manager of Larson Juhl’s logistics center in Los Angeles for five years, responsible for sales and operations for the framing products distributor in southern California and Hawaii and for transfer shipments to other distribution centers in the West and Midwest. She joined the FastFrame custom framing franchise in 1997 as a retailer in the Los Angeles area.
Councilwoman Klapp moved to Scottsdale in 1998 to continue the FastFrame business, and she and her husband Tim currently own and manage two retail stores in Scottsdale. She is also Arizona regional developer for the FastFrame franchise.
She is an advisor to the Scottsdale Gateway Alliance (SGA), serving revitalization efforts in the McDowell Road Corridor area, and is active in the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce as well as an elected Republican precinct committeeman. She is a graduate of Valley Leadership and is on the Scottsdale Leadership Advisory Board. She also is on the Valley Metro RPTA Board of Directors, is Chairman of the Council’s Audit subcommittee and is a member of the Council’s Westworld subcommittee. Recently, she joined the Scottsdale Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors.
She grew up in Evansville IN and attended the University of Evansville, receiving her BA degree in English and Journalism. She earned an MBA degree from Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business in Dallas TX.
Last Updated: May 2015