Scottsdale resident Stephanie Hughes is a working mom who finds time to work within her community and be involved with charitable organizations.
She answered the Independent’s questions below to let readers know a little about her and her interests in the community.
Where I live: Grayhawk
When and why I moved here: I moved here in November 2016 because it’s a desirable, less-congested part of Scottsdale with lots of parks, restaurants, golf courses, and nearby shopping centers.
What I like most about living here: We really enjoy the beauty of this community, the convenience of all the amenities, and it affords a relaxed lifestyle. It’s a wonderful area for all outdoor activities.
Activities we enjoy: Biking, walking on the many trails, playgrounds, restaurants
Clubs/organizations I’m involved in: I’m involved with Entrepreneurs Organization and my children’s activities
Favorite charity/volunteer activity and why it deserves support from others: Both of my favorite charities are supporting and uplifting women and their families: UMOM and FreshStart Women’s Foundation. UMOM is an innovative provider of shelter, housing, and services for people experiencing homelessness. FreshStart helps women improve their life by providing life skills, education, clothing for interviews and jobs, and career advice.
My No. 1 suggestion to new residents looking for ways to get involved in their community: I would suggest joining the HOA and other community groups that are posted on our community website. And, don’t be afraid to knock on your neighbors’ doors; I’m sure they’d be happy to meet you and share with you the groups they belong to.
What one thing would you like to see changed in Scottsdale? I’d like to see the City widen Scottsdale Road, as the traffic continues to get worse each year - everyone wants to live here - I lived off Jomax and Miller Road for 15 years so I know how the area has changed.
My family: My best friend and husband is Robert Hughes. We have a blended family of four children Lailah, Zane , Bono and Levi.
What I do for a profession: I am the Co-CEO and COO of Canyon State Electric, a family-owned electrical contractor in Phoenix. In this role, I oversee CSE’s financial safety and legal departments.
People who are an inspiration to me: All working families inspire me. I believe it’s quite an accomplishment for both mothers and fathers to work and raise children. It takes a lot of planning, dedication, and hard work, sprinkled with lots of love and quality time with the kids.
My advice to today’s youth: Don’t be afraid to try a sport, musical instrument or learn a new subject. Learning is contagious! And please stay away from drugs and vaping!