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20 Questions - Posted April 24, 2015 9:19 a.m.
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20 Questions with Stephanie Tucker – Amarillo Venom Owner and Executive Vice President/General Manager of Amarillo ThunderHeads

What is the best advice you received when you were beginning your career? Work hard, pray harder, and be willing to take criticism.

How do you use social media to grow your network? To connect with old and new friends … But I also love to talk about the realness that comes with the teams, and our family behind the scenes.

How do you maintain balance? Surround yourself with people that support your cause and are willing to step in if needed, and willing to pick you up when you are down.

What has been your wisest investment? My new iPhone 6 Plus – it helps me keep up with everything from the games to kids events to whatever is going on in our crazy life.

How has your past work experience shaped you into a leader? Growing up in a small town (Groom, Texas) I had the ability to be a part of many organizations such as student leadership and sports teams, but most of all I had parents that didn’t allow me to quit. They allowed me to pursue what I felt in my heart, and helped where they could.

What is the best part about your job? Working with organizations such as Special Olympics, Snack Pak 4 Kids and Boots vs. Badges. I love seeing the smiling faces of not only the kids, but also parents and grandparents when they leave an event and say they had a great time.

How has mentorship made a difference in your professional and private life? My parents have shown me if you work hard enough and pray harder, you can accomplish great things. They also taught me to take time to enjoy family and friends as much as possible.

Which living person do you most admire and why? My parents. They have worked hard all their lives, and raised three god-fearing kids who also know the importance of working hard. They modeled giving back and working for the good in everyone.

Which over-used word or phrase makes you cringe? “I can’t.”

What is your business philosophy? Don’t expect respect – earn it. You have to be willing to work hard to gain it and work even harder to keep it. If you are too good to do a job, then how can you expect someone else do it?

Which quality do you most value in an employee? Loyalty and the willingness to go the extra mile.

What personality trait has most helped you succeed? Determination.

Who is your favorite author? Who has time to read?

What did you learn from your best boss? Be willing to make hard decisions, and understand that you will have to. Your worst? You need to treat employees with respect.

How can Amarillo improve its business environment? Be proud of what we have. Tell people about it, and support local businesses.

Most important tech tool: My Apple computer.

Best time management tool: My iPhone 6 Plus

I can’t live without my: phone.

My favorite thing about Amarillo is: the people.

Most unusual job or task: Dressing up as the mascot.

-- the AM Team

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