20 Questions with Mike Sutton

President and CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas and West Pasco counties

Mike Sutton has served at Habitat for Humanity since March 2014. As CEO of a $25 million nonprofit organization, he provides leadership and oversees the continued delivery of Habitat for Humanity’s mission of partnering with people in need to build and renovate decent, affordable housing in Pinellas and west Pasco counties. His passion for serving families in need and for building community partnerships drives the success of the second-highest-performing Habitat affiliate (of 1,100 Habitat affiliates in the United States) based on new home construction each year.

The University of South Florida alumnus is a certified fund-raising executive with experience in nonprofits dating to 2001 at such nationally recognized organizations as Big Brothers Big Sisters and the YMCA. He has served on the board of directors for the Nonprofit Leadership Center of Tampa Bay, the Habitat for Humanity State Association of Florida, the Pinellas Park Chamber of Commerce, and Amplify Clearwater, formerly known as the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce, which he chaired in 2020.

1. College alma mater?
University of South Florida.

2. Last show you binge watched?
Ozark, season 3.

3. Favorite place for a business meeting?
The patio at Pete & Shorty’s in Clearwater or the Karol Hotel.

4 . iPhone or Android?
iPhone.

5. What did you eat for lunch today?
Grilled chicken salad.

6. We’ll find you on the weekend doing?
Enjoying a sporting event or catching some local live music.

7. What movie terrified you as a child?
Friday the 13th.

8. Proudest moment?
First-generation college graduate.

9. Dream dinner companion?
JFK or Tupac Shakur.

10. Any pets?
[no answer]

11. Best concert you’ve ever seen live?
Garth Brooks.

12. What is your cellphone wallpaper image?
USF logo.

13. Most famous person you’ve ever met?
U.S. presidents Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush.

14. What is your go-to drink order?
Smoked old-fashioned.

15. Favorite candy?
Sweet Tarts.

16. Last thing you ordered from Amazon?
Scentsicles Scented Christmas Ornaments—white winter fir fragrance.

17. Pool or beach?
Pool.

18. Charity you support?
Habitat for Humanity, Copperhead Charities, Crohns & Colitis Foundation.

19. Favorite childhood memory?
Attending my first baseball game at the old Yankee Stadium.

20. Words of advice?
Surround yourself with people who make you a better person.

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