Tina Sugg’s Generational Influence
Growing up, Tina Sugg was significantly influenced by her grandfather. She started working for him at age 15 at his...
Growing up, Tina Sugg was significantly influenced by her grandfather. She started working for him at age 15 at his car lot that he opened in 1994, which set the stage for the rest of her life. Tina helped him with bookkeeping, accounting, and sales. She looked up to him because he was passionate about what he did and was proud to claim his work, which helped her to want to be proud of something she made as well.
After high school, she went to college for business, and if she found any interest in something, it had to be business-related or else she lost interest. After college, she worked for various car dealerships for another 25 years – a passion she found because of her grandfather.
But in 2009, Tine made a change from the car dealership world when she and her husband started their own logging company. Her husband, Wayne, had experience in the logging industry and wanted to start their business, so they started Sugg Logging. Like many independent businesses, they started the smart way, by buying one truck and then slowly started to gather more equipment. Now they own three trucks of their own and have a family of employees.
One key aspect of their success is their employee “family.” Tina says, “You have to be good to your help, and they will be good to you.” As part of their dedication to their employees, they make safety a top priority in their business. This is vital in the logging business, as logging is one of the most dangerous professions around.
Wayne takes care of the woods operations, while Tina manages the business side. She deals with the company’s accounting, as well as maintaining 50% ownership in the business itself. However, if something needs doing on the operations side, Tina will not hesitate to pitch-in and she can hold her own. Since most of their employees have been with them from the beginning, they know her strength.
Tina said, “I love when people ask me what I did over the weekend, and I say well I drove a skidder and worked with my husband. People are amazed that a woman is out there doing that.”
She helps Wayne with moving equipment, has started to figure out changing oil, and being a part of the team when needed. She goes above and beyond to ensure their crew is well taken care of. Part of these duties includes ordering parts, helping on the weekends, and driving the semi-trucks on and off the scale when weighing the loads. They have to weigh the loads to ensure that they are not overweight for the roads per Department of Transportation limits.
Tina and her husband Wayne have two young boys, ages 10 and 13 – two more reasons they work so hard to build the future. They are creating a legacy for the next generation and hopefully many generations to come. Tina hopes to influence their children and one day, their grandchildren – just like her grandfather did for her.