Professional Position: Principal Interior Designer
Company: Sue Gorman Interior Designs
Location: Nationwide, based in Charlotte, NC
Sue Gorman established her interior design firm in Orange County, California in 2002 and relocated it to Charlotte North Carolina in 2006. With projects throughout the United States, Sue’s residential and commercial design work has been highlighted in national publications, featured on HGTV, and seen in Designer Showhouses in Southern California and the Carolinas. Prior to establishing her design firm, Sue served as Vice President for Arnold Palmer Golf Management. In this senior management role, she oversaw all national operations of the portfolio of 35 branded golf courses, over 2,000 employees and revenues in excess of $100 million.
Gorman has her MBA from Rollins College – Crummer School of Business in Winter Park, Florida, her BA in Communications from Michigan State University, and an Interior Design Certification from the Interior Design Institute in Newport Beach, California.
Sue became involved in support of the work of The ALS Association following her father-in-law’s 11- month battle with the disease. Sue has served on the ALS Association Board of Trustees since 2014. She has chaired the Governance and Strategic Planning Committees and served as Vice Chair and Chair Elect. In addition, Sue served the NC Chapter of the ALS Association as a board officer and member for 10 years. Sue was honored in 2018 by the NC Chapter with their highest award for volunteer service – the June Thompson Volunteer Award.
As an active community leader Sue serves as President of the Women Executives Charlotte; is Chair of the Board of Theatre Charlotte; an elected member of Delta Delta Delta’s National Leadership Development Committee; and serves as immediate past chair of Providence United Methodist Church. Sue is a Community Advisory Member for the Assistance League of Charlotte.
In addition, Sue has served on the International Board of Girls on the Run; is past board Chair of Girls on the Run, Charlotte; in leadership roles on the boards of Leadership Charlotte; the Arts and Science Council (ASC) Board – and co-chaired their $ 8.7 million, Annual Fund Drive Campaign; and Freedom School Partners. Sue has been deeply involved in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and was instrumental in creating the non-profit “Parent University” for the school district.
Sue has been recognized as one of the 50 Most Influential Women in Charlotte; honored by the NBA Charlotte Bobcats Youth Foundation as one of their "My Heroes"; recognized by Leadership Charlotte as their "Newcomer of the Year". Sue was awarded the Presidential Volunteer Service Medal by President George W. Bush for her significant contribution to the Charlotte, NC community.
In addition, Sue is married to Pete, mom to Katie – a student at Auburn University, and is the most likely feeder of their rescue Golden Retriever, Gracie, and rescue cat, Max.