Lina Hu
Founder, Chairman & CEO

“Without the dedication and support of our customers, we don’t have a business. And without our employees’ passion, loyalty and the care they put into serving our customers, we don’t have a business. Our employees have helped us realize our goals and allowed us to deliver on our unwavering commitment to bring our customers the most innovative and highest quality products at the lowest possible price. Our employees combined with our customers are the driving force of our business and the reason we continue to succeed.”

Nineteen years ago, Lina came to the United States with a dream to create a better life for herself. She felt that by living in the U.S. her chance for success would be up to her. With little knowledge of the English language or American culture, Lina enrolled in English classes and researched continuously to gain a greater perspective about the needs of the foodservice and uniform industry and was determined to start a company that would become one of the largest foodservice and uniform industry’s top suppliers.

“If I try, I will have a 50% chance of success, but if I don’t try, I will have a 100% chance of failure. What I have learned is that if you have a goal and believe in yourself and are passionate, persistent, dedicated, and committed, you can achieve anything and you will be successful.”
Lina’s goal is to provide the best quality available to exceed customer expectations while employing a price strategy that ensures material cost savings without compromising quality of service. She believes she must provide added value for her customers in order to maintain a competitive edge. Lina partners with her customers through the design, development manufacturing and distribution of new and improved product ideas. When asked how Lina has brought Clipper Corporation from a small start-up company to where it is today she attributes it to four things; dedication, commitment, knowledge and delivery. "What I enjoy most is the feeling I get when I go to a restaurant and see that the products they’re using to help them carry out their jobs better are made by Clipper. It makes me very proud that Clipper has contributed to their success.”

While living in China, Lina obtained both an undergraduate degree in Statistics and a Masters Degree in Business. She currently sits on the esteemed Board of Trustees at Hampton University. She was once chosen as a “Finalist” for the prestigious Ernst & Young “Entrepreneur of the Year” Award for the greater Los Angeles area which recognizes outstanding men and women whose accomplishments have benefited not only themselves, but their employees, the economy and the Los Angeles community. She is also the proud recipient of the prestigious “Ernest Royal Pioneer Award” awarded by the Multi-Cultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance which is presented to individuals who best exemplify Ernie Royal’s pioneering spirit and commitment to leadership in supporting diversity, mentoring and providing career opportunities in the foodservice industry.

Lina resides in Manhattan Beach, California and along with snowboarding, enjoys traveling the world.

The Clipper Team

Christopher Collopy
Christopher Collopy
President, Uniforms Division

Christopher directs our uniform and corporate apparel division and leads an experienced team of industry professionals committed to delivering an unrivaled product and program experience. After graduation from San Jose State University and a career in Social Work, Chris brings thirty five years of experience building major corporate apparel programs for clients including Fortune 100 industry leaders in transportation, food service, logistics, financial services, security, retail and the multi-level marketing/direct sales industry. His personal commitment to long term client retention involves interpreting a client’s brand with market-leading design; delivering an unparalleled product quality proposition and framing it all with exceptional customer service and program management. Originally from San Francisco, Chris enjoys biking in the mountains, High Sierra hiking, a little art collecting and most any sport; college or professional.

Ty Mary Goodpaster-Tala
Ty Mary Goodpaster-Tala
Director of Sales

Ty Mary joined Clipper Corporation with 7 years of experience in sales operations and account management. She earned a B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles. She most recently came from the food and beverage industry acting as a National Account Manager with Farmer Bros. Coffee & Tea, supporting and growing national chain customers. There she gained valuable experience in large account management, program development and customer relationship building. Ty Mary lives in the South Bay, with her husband and two young daughters.

Deena Conner
Deena Conner
VP of Business Units

Deena focuses on business development activities, strategic account management and ensuring Clipper’s customers receive the highest level of service. She has extensive experience in the uniform industry and began her career with Barco Uniforms in 1983 and held various positions in customer service, account management and sales. As VP of Sales for Barco, Deena was responsible for the overall direction of their Identity Division, which sold and serviced such customers as McDonald’s and YUM! Brands. In 2006, Deena joined Strategic Partners, parent company of Cherokee Uniforms, as VP of Sales, where she led a team that serviced the hospitality and theme park industries. Deena attended the University of Oklahoma and currently resides in Southern California, where she enjoys watching her teenage son play volleyball and walking on the beach with her husband.

Mike Kielty
Mike Kielty
Director, Information Technology

Mike brings 12 plus years of experience helping businesses leverage technology to create growth, realize efficiencies, and solve problems. Prior to Clipper Mike worked for a VC funded Produce Supply Chain company where his contributions in systems integration, sales, project management, customer on boarding, and process automation helped take the company from start up mode to profitability. Mike currently resides in the San Gabriel Valley with his wife and two children.