Occupation: Account Executive with Blount Today, realtor and owns her own cleaning business.
Family: Married to Steve Stout, three years in June; two daughters, Maegan Finley, 20, and Haley Finley, 16; stepdaughter, Anna Stout, 13.
Susan Snowden Stout knew she liked Steve Stout when she was in fifth grade.
“I remember him running around Porter Elementary School gym. He was this toe-headed, blond haired boy who I thought was the cutest thing ever. I drew little hearts with SS and SS on my notebook in the fifth grade,” she says. “You just never know. Things happen for a reason.”
Susan says she was working as a secretary at Middlesettlements Elementary when Steve asked her out for first time. “I said, ‘Ok,” five times, and he thought I was kidding.”
They started dating in December, 2002 and got married in June of 2008. “He proposed under a meteor shower,” she says. “The thing that attracts me most to Steve is his passion for educating kids, for taking care of others and for being so generous.”
Susan grew up in Louisville, graduated from William Blount High School and has worked at Blount Today for three and a half years. Susan says what she enjoys most about her job is the folks with whom she works. “The staff being the size it is, it is like a family. Everybody helps each other and looks after each other,” she says.
Susan says she appreciates Blount Today’s position in the community. “We try to cover everything we can possibly cover, and everything is done in a very fair way. What sets us apart is we have the opportunity to be able to concentrate on the community, and I think we do it very well with six people.”
Susan says the most gratifying job she has is being a mom to her daughters.
“I am proud of my girls. My daughters are completely different. You raise your kids the same way, and they evolve into their own selves. They are ambitious, intend on doing things and going places but their personalities are completely different.”
Here is Susan Stout:
What is your favorite quote from television or a movie?
‘“Why would you want to marry me for anyhow? So I can kiss you anytime I want.’ - Reese Witherspoon and Josh Lucas - “Sweet Home Alabama.”
What are you guilty of?
“Putting too much coffee in my sugar....Thank you Mamaw Betty.”
What is your favorite material possession?
“A sterling silver Hamlet cuff bracelet with the quote ‘To thine own self be true.’ It was given to me by one of my best friends, Jeana. I wear it everyday.”
What are you reading currently?
“Shape magazine, ‘How to have a flat belly in 10 days.’ I did just recently finish ‘Black Hills’ by Nora Roberts.”
What was your most embarrassing moment?
“Probably getting off the school bus with 30-plus people I had never met at Tremont in August for our Leadership Blount retreat. The air conditioning was not working very well and all windows were down. When I stood up, it looked like I had wet my pants from sweating so much.”
What are the top three things on your bucket list?
“Finish college, visit every major league baseball stadium(three down, 27 to go), and skydive - tandem, of course.”
What is one word others often use to describe you and why?
“Half-full. I know that’s two words, but I hyphenated it. I try really hard to always see the positive. It is a state of mind.”
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
“To be more organized or be a morning person? I’ll go with organized.”
What is your passion?
“Customer service/common courtesy. ‘Please listen carefully as our menu has recently changed,’ has got to go. Just say please, thank you, have a nice day, or just smile. It’s not against the law.”
With whom, living or dead, would you most like to have a long lunch?
“My great-grandad Rule, he whistled like an angel, just heavenly. I miss that.”
What is the best present you ever received in a box?
“My husband. This year for Valentine’s Day, I was welcomed to my cubicle at Blount Today by a larger than life-size cutout of my sweetheart sporting a Be Mine T-shirt and the gift bag that he gave me my gift in. I never saw the box that it came in, but it is made out of cardboard - classic.”
What is the best advice your mother ever gave you?
“Everyone puts their pants on the same way; kill’em with kindness, and treat others the way you want to be treated. She always told me that no matter how good you are or you think you are at your job, you can ALWAYS be replaced.”
Other than your parents, who has had the biggest influence on your life and why?
“Probably my family in general. We have always been a very close family, immediate and extended. I was fortunate enough to be raised in a strong, Christian family. We were taught to treat everyone with respect, do unto others, work hard and pray. My sisters, Stacy and Gina have always been there for me. My grandparents, all four are still living, have been the rock of our families, sharing their love, caring for us and others.”
What’s the worst job you have ever had?
“When I had to run the West Town mall route for UPS and pull a trailer behind my package car. I had to learn how to hook it up and unhook it four times in one day and how to back it in to the dock to deliver its contents.”
What was your favorite Saturday morning cartoon and why?
“Cartoons? There were cartoons on Saturday morning? I thought ‘American Bandstand’ came on first on Saturdays.”
What irritates you?
“Rudeness. Treat others the way you want to be treated. Thank you, Mom.”
What’s one place in Blount County everyone should visit?
“Sunrise or sunset from the top of Heritage High School’s football stadium. There’s nothing like it.”
If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself at 18?
“Do not get married so young, go to college, enjoy your youth and remember, there are no ‘do-overs.’”
What is your greatest fear?
“Getting a phone call that something tragic has happened to someone I love.”
“I still can’t quite get the hang of…
“Time management, a.k.a. being on time.”
If you could do one impulsive thing, what would it be?
“Go to Tahiti without my Blackberry, stay in one of the huts over the water with a glass bottom floor and not come home for a really long time.”