Jo Ann Hopson
Vice President of Human Resources
Jo Ann Hopson has served as Vice President of Human Resources for family-owned Adams Publishing Group, LLC (APG) since May of 2017. Prior to joining APG, she served as Human Resources Director for Adams Publishing East: TN/NC from 2016 to 2017. Before that, she served as Human Resources Director for Jones Media, Inc. (JMI) from 2008 until APG acquired JMI in 2016.
Hopson, who was born in Rogersville, Tenn., graduated from East Tennessee State University with a BA in Human Resources. Her master’s in human resources was obtained from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She holds professional certifications in Human Resources, Benefits, Safety and Payroll.
She is a past president of the Greeneville/Greene County Human Resources Association, a member of the Society of Human Resources Management, and a member of the International Foundation of Employee Benefits.
Hopson has worked in human resources for more than 20 years and loves the newspaper industry, enjoying all aspects of it, particularly the many wonderful associates with whom she works. Her goals for the company include streamlining the HR process for all associates, launching a human resources portal, and offering even better benefits to all associates.
Hopson, who feels she will likely finish out her career with APG, credits Mark Adams (CEO of APG) with building a company where people come first, something she says is every HR person’s dream.
In her free time, she enjoys hiking, zip lining, canoeing, kayaking, reading, traveling, skeet shooting and cooking (when she has time). One of her great passions is animal rescue as she routinely runs from Knoxville to Lexington (Ky.) dogs and cats for various animal rescue groups to find their forever homes on Saturdays.
Hopson, who has two dogs, an 11-year-old Bouvier des Flandres named Roscoe, and a four-year-old Lakeland Terrier named Tanner, has been happily married to her husband, Keith, for 19 years.