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STOA Spotlight: Tina Otwell

In 2017 we wanted to bring the focus back down to what really keeps STOA moving in the right direction, and that is our staff. Today's STOA Spotlight is on Tina Otwell, Office Manager.

Q: How long have you been at STOA?

October 2017 I will have completed 10 years!

Q: Before working at STOA, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?

Butler’s Shoe store in the mall when I was in High School! New Shoes make people HAPPY, never a disappointment because they always FIT!

Q: What is your favorite part about working for STOA?

The People, My STOA Family

Q: What do you consider your greatest achievement?

OF COURSE I am going to say my children and my family, I feel very blessed daily to have them in my life. BUT!!!! I feel I still have BIG achievements to conquer!!

Tina's family (L to R): Tina, Gabby, Chance, Tomi, Tallee "Boo," Chip, Casey and Taylor

Q: What did you want to be when growing up?

An airline stewardess.

Tina and husband, Chip

Q: What are three career lessons you’ve learned thus far?

1. Work smarter not harder.

2. Lack of communication can ruin a lot of good things!

3. Don’t make assumptions.

Q: People would be surprised if they knew:

I’m from Key West, FL and I hate SEAFOOD!

Q: What is your motto or personal mantra?

My dad always told me…..”Humble yourself”. You will always get more respect from someone when you “humble yourself”. He’s a very wise man.

Q: You're happiest when:

I’m spending time with Chip, kids, family and friends (and if I can get them all to the beach, it’s a double whammy)!

Q: Which way does the toilet paper hang on the wall - over or under?

OVER!!! A big pet peeve!

Q: Who do you admire the most?

My Dad – He is through and through just the most wonderful person I know.

He has taught me a lot, but there are five lessons that I have learned from him that are invaluable to me:

1. He taught me to always treat others the way I want to be treated. And if they treated me wrong, I was to simply kill them with kindness.

2. He taught me that forgiveness is a powerful thing. He told me that holding grudges and yearning for revenge would hurt me and me alone.

3. He taught me to be respectful, because you have to give respect in order to get respect.

4. He taught me to be grateful and thankful for what I have, because someone, somewhere in the world was doing a lot worse and had a lot less.

5. He taught me that my relationship with God is the most important relationship I would ever have.

Tina's family (top L to bottom R): Monica, My Dad, Teri, Paul, Tina, Troy, & Tanya

There are plenty of other things he has taught me, but If I used these (5) in my everyday life, I could never go wrong. I feel if more people lived life by these 5 lessons, this crazy world we live in might be a better place for us all.

Q: Have you ever sang karaoke? Yes!!

What's "your" song? Patsy Cline's "Crazy"

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