2024 Signature Event: Taking the Helm to Revive the Family Business
Stephanie was an attorney with no entrepreneurial experience prior to seizing the opportunity to purchase back her family's business and save it from ruin.Driven by her grandfather’s legacy, learning the business from the top down, she’s not your typical CEO.Stephanie shares the story of how she spent her life savings to revive her family’s business, and their incredible journey from 6-figures in debt toover $13M in sales in three years.
Stuckey’s was founded by Stephanie’s grandfather, W.S. Stuckey, Sr., as a pecan stand in Eastman, GA in 1937 and grew to over 350 stores across the country. The company was sold in 1964 but is now back in family hands and making a comeback.
Stephanie Stuckey, Chair, Stuckey’s Corporation
Stephanie Stuckey is the Chair of Stuckey’s, the roadside oasis famous for its pecan log rolls. Stephanie took over the company in November of 2019 and, under her leadership, Stuckey’s has purchased a pecan-shelling and candy-manufacturing facility in Wrens, GA, revamped its distribution operations based in Eastman, GA, acquired a healthy pecan-snack company, rebranded its products and website, added four new franchised stores, expanded its B2B retail customer base, and increased online sales 550% — all while weathering the COVID-19 pandemic.
Stephanie received both her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Georgia. She has worked as a trial lawyer, was elected to seven terms as a state representative, ran an environmental nonprofit law firm that settled the largest Clean Water Act case in Georgia history, served as Director of Sustainability and Resilience for the City of Atlanta, and taught as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Georgia School of Law. She is active in her community and serves on many nonprofit boards, including the Initiative for Affordable Housing, EarthShare of Georgia, and her local zoning review board.