Summary: I’m talking with Stephanie Stuckey is the CEO of Stuckey’s. She has hit the highway to share the story of Stuckey’s and the history behind its success. Founded by her grandfather and its famous Pecan Log Rolls and other tasty snacks. She made it her mission to tell great stories and to continue the legacy started by her grandparents.
“Hello and welcome to the Coffee & Hustle podcast, this is the episode that discusses “It’s All About The Hustle”.
I’m Carla with Designedbycarla and joining this podcast discussion is Stephanie Stuckey CEO of Stuckey’s.
Stuckey’s, pecan log rolls, and kitschy souvenirs to road trippers since 1937. Founded by her grandfather, W.S. Stuckey, Sr. in Eastman, Georgia, Stuckey’s grew into over 350 stores nationwide by its peak in the 1970s.
Welcome and thank you for taking time out today Stephanie Stuckey.
Stephanie Stuckey is CEO of Stuckey’s, the highway oasis that’s been serving pecan log rolls and kitschy souvenirs to road trippers since 1937. Founded by her grandfather, W.S. Stuckey, Sr. in Eastman, Georgia, Stuckey’s grew into over 350 stores nationwide by its peak in the 1970’s.
Sold in 1964, How did you decide to come back into the picture and bring this company back to life?
The company was sold in 1964 and sadly declined for decades under a series of corporate owners. Fortunately, Stuckey’s is now in family hands again and making a comeback, with a mission to make road trips fun. Passion and Drive, is this something you have always had or have you developed it?
What drives your passion?
Did you wake up one morning and decide to take on this new adventure with the family company? I found your story on Linkedin and you growing your followers, do you have any advice for those that trying to build a business on Linkedin, and do you have other platforms where other people can follow your story?
Stephanie received both her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Georgia. She worked as a trial lawyer, was elected to seven terms as a state representative, ran an environmental nonprofit law firm, served as Director of Sustainability for the City of Atlanta, and taught as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Georgia School of Law.
You have an impressive resume, how do you go from one profession to this new change?
Stephanie purchased Stuckey’s in November of 2019 and assumed the role of CEO at that time.
How do you feel being in front of the camera now, telling your story? You have earned several achievements. Which of these was your favorite?
Stephanie’s achievements include being named one of the 100 Most Influential Georgians by Georgia Trend Magazine and a graduate of Leadership Atlanta.
She is active in her community and has served on many nonprofit boards, including the National Sierra Club Foundation, EarthShare of Georgia, and her local zoning review board.
When she’s not running the Stuckey’s candy and pecan shelling plant in Wrens, Georgia, or the distribution operations in Eastman, Georgia,
Stephanie enjoys traveling by car to explore the back roads of America and pulling over for every roadside oddity and souvenir shop along the way. What are some of your favorite places you have visited? What made you decide to get back in the car and travel to these locations?
“What’s something you’ve failed at?”
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