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CEO of major corporation to speak at Augusta University

Most CEOs have spent their entire careers working in business, but that wasn’t the case for Stephanie Stuckey.

In 2019, Stuckey took over as CEO of Stuckey’s Corporation, a family-owned business her grandfather, W.S. Stuckey Sr., founded in 1937. In 2021, the company, which is known for its pecan treats, bought a candy plant in Wrens. She’s a former attorney and politician who served in the Georgia House of Representatives.

Stuckey will be the guest speaker for the Augusta University Hull College of Business’s annual CEO Series on Wednesday, March 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Jaguar Student Activities Center Ballroom on the university’s Summerville Campus. The title of her presentation will be “The Unexpected CEO: Applying Life Lessons to Run a Business.”

In a recent video recorded by Georgia Power, she discussed her career transition.

“People often ask me why I had this major career change from lawyer and legislator, to CEO and candy maker when I had zero experience,” Stuckey said. “The answer is pretty simple: I loved my grandfather; his legacy is going to be a story of revival and bringing what made our brand special back.”

“I’m looking forward to being part of the CEO Series in March and discussing how being an entrepreneur in a family business can lead to a good comeback story,” Stuckey said.

ABD contacted her for further comments, but she was in Mexico finishing a book she was writing.

Stuckey’s was founded in Eastman as a roadside pecan stand and eventually, grew into a nationwide chain of convenience stores. Many of those stores have closed, but according to its website, thousands of retailers still sell the company’s snacks and candies.

For more information or to register for the CEO Series event, visit

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