Stephanie Lusk has worn many hats at Stout. As a vital figure in the Marketing department, she has managed countless projects as the firm has grown significantly during her tenure. In her newest role, she manages the day-to-day operations of the firm’s customer-relationship management (CRM) platform and list generation for marketing campaigns, an essential role that helps uphold Stout’s commitment to premium client service. “I find that Stout is very encouraging to its colleagues to take on something new,” she said. “This can break you out of your normal daily routine and increase your skill set.”
But it is not just marketing projects that she works on; she is a well-known face throughout the firm, as she has filled in for people on leave and regularly offered additional supporting roles for non-Marketing groups, such as Stout’s Accounting and Marital Dissolution groups. Based in the firm’s Detroit office, she also led the Detroit Move Committee, overseeing the complex time management and logistics of the office’s relocation to Royal Oak, MI. While she enjoys her daily tasks, her favorite thing to do at Stout is event planning. “My most memorable events have been the Detroit Charity Golf Outing benefiting Junior Achievement.” In fact, that is how she learned about Stout.
“My start here was unique in that I wasn’t looking for a job at Stout. At the time, I was a math and science teacher at an elementary school,” she recalls. “A colleague of mine, who was familiar with Stout, reached out to me regarding a position helping John Ross and the Marketing team in the summer for the Charity Golf Outing. Stout was such a great fit from the start that I took my temporary summer position and made a career out of it!”
After the event was over, Stephanie was offered a position in the Accounting department, where she was able to leverage her math background. But once the next charity golf outing rolled around the following year, she was called back to help and became a permanent member of the Marketing team. To her, the transition was easy.
“I am highly self-motivated in all I do both inside and outside of work,” she says. “I love putting my all into everything I do and getting the job done correctly. You could say that success is my biggest motivator at both a personal and organizational level. Helping others and empowering people is another huge motivator. Over the past 15 years I have also been able to mentor many of my co-workers. Helping a team member advance their skills heightens my job satisfaction.”
She points out the core values of the firm help complement this mindset. “I appreciate Stout’s strong supportive culture because it promotes employees to be their best self,” she says. “This culture offers mutual support, promotes trust, rewards employees’ efforts, and ensures that employees know their work is meaningful. I relish the opportunity to provide a solution to someone’s problem. I try to be positive myself. This allows me to instill the same optimism onto others when they need it the most.”
Stephanie exudes this optimism outside of her daily role, too, as she is busy keeping up with family activities. “I do a lot of volunteer work between Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, teaching at my church, and coaching cheerleading. I also really enjoy camping and gardening with my family.”