(From left to right: Herb Garnes Board Member, Jordan Fraser Director of Internet Marketing, Carol Adler Board Member, D.G. Safeer Hopton Founder/Board Chairman)
D.G. Safeer Hopton, Chairman/Founder
Mr. Hopton is the Founder/Board Chairman of the Global Village Cooperative Association (GV) and Managing Partner of New Day Group (NDG), the management company for GV. Additionally, Mr. Hopton is the Chief Marketing Consultant to Pressure Fresh (a food preservation technology), Board Member/Consultant to New Century Green Communities (non-profit community development corporation), Founder of The Printed City Newspaper Publishing System, The Natural Grocer Radio Show/Retail Network, Entrepreneurship as a Career Network (ECN), Spirit Dance (Stress Management Program), Youth Express Co-op (GV subsidiary), and It’s Cool to be Peaceful (conflict resolution program).
Mary Ellen Simmons was born into a family with generations of entrepreneurs. From the age of 5 and throughout her adulthood, she assisted at her father’s tax and accounting business, and continued on as co-owner of her and her late husband’s accounting business doing bookkeeping. She understands the dedication and sacrifices it takes to own a business. Her attention to detail, honesty, integrity and people first attitude made her a success as a mortgage processing manager and is currently Top Producer for one of the top 25 International travel companies. Her most important endeavor is being the owner of Light Seekers Wellness Center, with a vision of helping people in all aspects of health and life transition.