Digital Risk Processor Debbie Suttie began her career in the mortgage industry and constantly found herself stumbling into training positions. Wanting to be a teacher from a very young age, she quickly discovered that she didn’t have to leave her dream behind, that she could do both by utilizing her industry knowledge to teach others that growth and learning are vital to our success.
Debbie joined Digital Risk in 2009 and has performed various functions, doing what is needed at any given time. In 2013, Debbie served in a training function as a Quality Control Lead in the FASTLANE program.
“Seeing others come to work at Digital Risk and evolving and blossoming and moving forward with their careers was an extremely rewarding experience,” says Debbie, “watching them grasp and learn and go on for success…that is what it’s all about. Success, to me, is when you mentor and teach others so that they become the success.”
As a natural trainer, Debbie tries to teach others to see the gray area, and, that rarely will things be as clearly distinguishable as black and white. Seeing the gray area and achieving success requires you to be versatile, to go with the flow, and to “want” to continue to learn. Debbie has a saying that ‘if you don’t want to learn, then you aren’t living.
When she’s not sharing her knowledge and wisdom with us at Digital Risk, she gets away from it all with her family at their six acre property out in the country.
“It’s just solitude,” Debbie said. “It’s so quiet. It’s nice to get out there and just breathe. Watching the birds, squirrels, rabbits, turtles and even an occasional bear…it’s a different life out there.”
However, with a husband and three children, life in the country isn’t always peaceful. In addition to taking care of her family, she volunteers at her church and is often found teaching Sunday school to children. Debbie manages home life with work life by organizing her time and setting priorities.
“I want to be the best and give 200% in every aspect of life, and I’ve had to learn that you can’t always do that. I may not be there full time for my kids, but they know I’m always there,” Debbie proclaims.
Debbie says that if you just keep learning, you can accomplish anything. She has proven this to be true by working her way through a variety of professional endeavors, including operating her own business for several years at one point. She’s perfectly content at Digital Risk as long as she can continue to learn. This is the longest tenure she’s ever had with an employer, and she has no plans of leaving. Reflecting on her time at Digital Risk, Debbie attributes her longevity to her coworkers and their positive attitudes.
For those D-Riskers just getting started, Debbie offers this advice:
“The key is to keep your mind open, want to learn and go with the flow. Keep yourself open to new opportunities and learning. Being in the mortgage business as long as I have, you learn that it’s a crazy business, and you have to roll with punches, go with the flow and keep smiling. That’s all you can do.”