Suzanne Talley

Executive Director, The 100 Club of the Texas Panhandle

The best advice I ever heard is: People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care. 

My three most recommended books are: My go-to book is the Bible (NIV). After that, I’m not a big reader. However, recently I completed the program 75 Hard and one assignment was to read 10 pages of a book every day. I was able to read some good ones: The Way of The Shepherd (Kevin Leman and Bill Pentak), Daring Greatly (Brené Brown) and The Energy Bus (Jon Gordon). 

To me, success means: I have never been one to find success in accolades or financial gain. Money is a necessity, but I would much rather feel reward and fulfillment in my work. To me, success is getting to the end of your days and to have peace and joy in believing you did your best to make a difference in the lives of others. 

People who know me might be surprised that I: don’t like being at big social gatherings or speaking to large groups of people. I’m much more comfortable with a small group of friends and acquaintances. 

My biggest pet peeve is: bad drivers! I try to contain my road rage, but passing someone on I-40 who is going 38 mph while watching a video on their phone is a little much.

Everyone in Amarillo needs to experience: our skies, whether it is a sunrise, sunset, or a sky with a big bright moon and hundreds of stars. Stop to take it all in. If you take a minute to look up, God’s artwork is always right there. 

If I could change any one local thing it would be: I know this is controversial, but eventually we need a new, bigger Civic Center that can attract more concerts and other entertainment. I remember when growing up, there was always a great concert to enjoy! While we have a great local music scene, I would love to attract some big-name entertainers.       

This city is amazing at: coming together in a crisis! And this isn’t just Amarillo, but the Texas Panhandle as a whole. Whether that is simply responding to the call to donate blood during a blood shortage or responding to help others after the recent wildfires, we truly are neighbors helping neighbors. When there is a need, people respond.

My favorite place in Amarillo is: at my home or at a friend’s home on the patio, on a (non-windy) summer evening with a group of friends. Great company, great conversation, great way to relax! 

A local organization I love right now: It’s the organization I lead, but I love serving area firefighters and law enforcement officers through the 100 Club of the Texas Panhandle! The more I get to know them, the more I love and respect them. I don’t know many people who go to work every day and put their lives on the line to serve others. I learned a lot about that when working with the SWAT team to help them obtain their new SWAT vehicle. They see the worst of the worst and keep going back every day. After these recent, record-breaking wildfires, I learned more about those who volunteer their time to save lives and property. It is so inspiring to get to know all the first responders in our area. I am truly humbled and honored to stand behind the men and women behind the badge. I also want to express my gratitude to all those who help me do so!