“Be polite. Respect your elders. Work hard. Don’t want something just given to you,” advised Tommy Scott. “If you work hard and respect people, then people will see what kind of person you are. People like to work with others that are willing to work.”
Over the years, Tommy Scott has seen the value of his own advice. He has always been a hard worker and knows just how important it is to work hard in both life and education and show integrity. While he did initially go to extend his education while majoring in business, he eventually decided that his family is more important and took an opportunity to jump straight into working to support his family.
“I graduated from Quitman High School. I went to Clark College for one year and played baseball there. I dated Alecia all through high school and ended up marrying her. We’ve been married for 39 years,” recalled Tommy. “The Lord opened up doors for me to have a good job and have a nice family, so that’s the career I took. I worked for Coca-Cola working on the different Coke machines.”
While he did well with Coca-Cola, Tommy eventually decided to change careers to take care of his family even more. This time, he would work with money at a local bank.
“I worked for Great Southern Bank for nine years. I was a loan officer and assistant vice president. I was at the branch in Enterprise,” remembered Tommy.
By 1990, Tommy made one more career change. It would turn out to be a great move, and he still works with the company today.
“I’ll have worked with Farm Bureau for 31 years this November. It’s been a great opportunity for me. I love working with the people and talking to the people. I’m an agency manager. I started out as an agent and became agency manager in 2001,” explained Tommy. “I’m over the office, but I still do sales. We sale property and casualty, house insurance, car insurance, life insurance, and do investments. We’re a multi-line agency, so we pretty much do it all. I try to treat others the way I want to be treated, and I want my customers to be able to reach me 24/7, so I give them my cell phone number. I’m just thankful to all my customers for the support they’ve given me.”
Tommy loves all of his customers and the community he works in, but he still knows the importance of his family. In fact, he makes sure that he maintains his priorities. So far, he has been blessed with a career that allows him to keep his priorities in line and even contributes to his family by providing him with different opportunities for all of them to enjoy.
“For me, the main thing is keep God first, my family second, and my job third,” expressed Tommy. “I’ve had a lot of honors in sales and won a lot of trips. Farm Bureau has given me the opportunity to see the world. I’ve been to Germany, Italy, Maui, New York, and Canada. My job has given me good opportunity to take trips with my family.”
As his order of hierarchy shows, Tommy is very serious about his faith and makes sure to stay involved in his local church: Rolling Creek Baptist Church.
“I’m a deacon at Rolling Creek Baptist Church,” stated Tommy. “I’ve also worked with the youth there.”
There are things outside of work that Tommy enjoys doing. Naturally, most of his hobbies have always either involved family or were learned from someone in the family. He has always been very close to his dad and enjoyed the time they have always been able to spend together, and he knows that his parents taught him more than just some things to do with them for fun.
“I’ve always been a country boy as far as hunting. My dad and I always hunted together,” recalled Tommy. “He was my best friend, and we would always hunt and fish together. My mom and dad brought me up and taught me about life and morals.”
Although some of his favorite memories are the time he has spent with his father, Tommy also became very close with his mother and father-in-law, R.L. and Latriece Smith. In fact, R.L. taught him some more things about what life is like as a country boy.
“When I first started dating Alecia, the first time I drove up to her house, my father-in-law had about 50 sows. I didn’t know they had hogs, so I walked in the house and asked R.L. what that smell was. Mr. Smith told me that was money I smelled out there,” remembered Tommy. “When I married Alecia, I found out about the country life and about farming. Now, one of my hobbies is to do a little farming. R.L. Smith was my inspiration in that and taught me about farming.”
Looking back on his life, Tommy is very satisfied with everything he has. He enjoys his family every day and enjoys every moment he can get with his two daughters and four grandchildren. He will continue to work hard and do his best to be there for all of his customers at work. No matter what, Tommy will always make sure his priorities stay in line: God, family, and work.