Al Copeland, Jr. is the CEO and Chairman of the Board of Al Copeland Investments (ACI), a privately owned, multi-faceted management company, which operates the Al Copeland Family of Restaurants; Diversified Foods & Seasonings, a custom manufacturing operation serving over 10,000 locations with its custom dry blends and kettle cooked products; and a hotel division that manages over 500 rooms in the metro New Orleans area. He is also a franchisee and owner of Copeland’s of New Orleans in Kenner, LA (since 2007) and in Houma, LA (since 2011), as well as three Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen locations (since 1988). In addition, he serves as trustee to the Copeland Family Trust and president of the Al Copeland Foundation. Al is also a member of the Board of Directors of the LSU Health Foundation.
Embracing the entrepreneurial spirit, driving ambition, and passion for food, he acquired from his Copeland and LeCompte family heritage, Al began his career in the hospitality industry as an assistant manager of Popeyes Chicken, a company founded in 1972 by his late father, Al Copeland. For 40 years, with his dad as a mentor for many of those years, Al has excelled as a business owner, staunch philanthropist, and industry innovator. He is recognized as a marker for success in the fields of business and philanthropy.
As president of the Al Copeland Foundation (ACF), Al oversaw the launch of the Copeland/LSU Health Sciences Center Partnership in Cancer, Viruses, and Immunotherapy to support local cancer research, education and patient programs. Through this partnership, 48 patients have participated in 17 clinical trials and 3 patients are now tumor free. This ground-breaking treatment is saving lives and fulfilling a promise made to Al’s dad to find a cure. The Al Copeland Foundation was founded upon this wish and is now changing the course of cancer, through some of the largest monetary and real estate donations in the history of the LSU Health Sciences Center and the LSU Health Foundation.
Al’s generosity, along with his love for family tradition and the local community, is demonstrated through countless donations and support provided to schools, churches, non-profits, parks, playgrounds, hospitals, the LSU Health Sciences Center and the LSU Health Foundation. The donations most deeply rooted in Copeland family tradition in Jefferson Parish, the last parish of residence for his dad, would be the Al Copeland Christmas Lights display and the Al Copeland Concert Meadows stage in Lafreniere Park. He and his family still enjoy gathering together to “flip the switch” for the Christmas lights each year, just as they did with their dad. In 2019, Al received the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation’s Drago Cvitanovich Award for Outstanding Philanthropy by an Entrepreneur for the significant impact he has made on the lives of others.
Al and his wife for over 35 years, Elizabeth Trentadue Copeland, have five daughters and six grandchildren. In his free time, Al enjoys racing cars, primarily through his lifetime membership at Nola Motorsports Park.