Laura Hopkins, a partner at the Santa Maria, Calif.-based Impo International, died last month of heart complications. She was 58.
The industry veteran began her career in 1976 at Bata. She moved to California in 1984 to join the accounting department at Impo. A year later, she was promoted to accounts receivable credit manager, followed by another promotion in 1991 to director of customer service.
Hopkins eventually became involved in the areas of merchandising and marketing, and in 1994 she was named VP of sales. In 2000, she was named VP of operations and administration, later becoming a partner in the company.
In addition to her involvement in the footwear industry, Hopkins devoted time to two charities: the Woods Humane Society and SLO Little Theater. She also encouraged Impo to support local organizations such as the Sheriff’s and Fireman’s Association as well as a range of school fundraisers and the Two Ten Footwear Foundation.
Hopkins is survived by her mother, stepfather, two sisters and nephew.