Founding and Early Years
Stellar Partners, Inc. started nearly 30 years ago. Susan Stackhouse used her life savings and the support of a group of investors to purchase the single duty free store that she was previously managing at Tampa International Airport. Susan had the foresight to see the opportunities that the airport environment had for retail growth and her investors believed in her vision. After operating her first duty free store for several years, she won a contract to open a news and gift store at Orlando International Airport. Building momentum in the airport retail industry, Susan developed Stellar’s proprietary children’s store, Mindworks. In the years following, Susan bought out the initial investment group. She steadily and tenaciously pursued concession opportunities throughout the United States. Susan, as the founder and CEO/President of Stellar, continues to build a company that is responsive to the needs of its stakeholders and is financially responsible and strong. That is the Stellar advantage.