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Local businesswoman featured in best-selling author’s new book

Staff Reports • Dec 17, 2015 at 6:19 PM

Sex sells. Just ask Sue Rhea, a Wilson County resident since 1985. 

She took Surprise Parties from her laundry room to the current 20,000-square-foot warehouse in Lebanon.

Surprise Parties is a leader in the industry since 1988.  

“Everybody has sex, kiddo,” said Sue Rhea, who created Surprise Parties to help woman remove the stigma.  

She would come to your home and give an interesting, educational and entertaining presentation.  

Rhea said after her first party, “I wouldn’t have made as much in a week at my receptionist job in the medical field, as I made in one night presenting Surprise Products.”

Marlo Thomas found the story so inspiring that it is featured in her new book, “It Ain’t Over…Till It’s Over,” which hit bookshelves Tuesday. Thomas has since made appearances on the Today Show and other shows promoting and talking about her new book.  

In the book, Rhea talks about how at 46, after her two sons were grown and out of the house, she had time to find her true calling. Being in the middle of the Bible Belt, she thought, “If I can get this started here, I can take it anywhere.” 

Her story speaks to reinventing life and realizing dreams anytime and at any age.

“I am excited to have been a part of this journey with Surprise Parties since 1998, because they have so much to offer on so many levels, “said Angela Mueller, Surprise Parties event coordinator and marketing manager. “I never feel like I am working when I am helping so many people smile.”

With more than 1,300 representatives holding parties and selling products in 42 states and Canada, Surprise Parties continues to grow.

Rhea founded Surprise Parties in 1988, and it has remained a leader in a competitive market. It remains as one of only a few non-multi-level marketing companies, with likely one of the highest profit margins in its industry.

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