Before moving to Lake Kiowa in 2003 to enjoy our retirement years, my wife Joann and I raised our children in Plano, Texas. I enlisted in the US Navy after high school while living in Midland, Texas, after which I joined the Midland Police Department, graduating from the West Texas Police Academy in 1962, served nine years in law enforcement and then became an entrepreneur.
I moved to Plano to enter the business world. While building a “start-up” computer business, I earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, then studied Acquisitions and Contract Management at the University of Dallas’s Graduate School of Business. I also received an associate’s degree in Business Management.
After building and selling three successful businesses, I co-founded “The Smith-Laurin Group,” a business consulting firm that assisted small to medium-sized businesses needing operational and financial help to become more profitable and efficient. Started in our game room, the firm grew to over 500 employees and covered 32 states. I served as the managing partner until I retired and sold my interest in the company. My most challenging business opportunity now is working for my wife Joann in her cottage industry “Lazy Susans by Joann.” We hand make and she hand paints decorative Lazy Susans to market online, as well as for gift shows throughout the country.
I have served on several corporate and non-profit boards. We are members of the First Baptist Church in Gainesville. Among other places, I volunteer at the First Methodist Church’s thrift store, Second Time Around. I have served on the Lake Ray Roberts Planning and Zoning Committee and chaired the Architectural Control Committee at “The Ranch at Lake Ray Roberts” community. As a LKPOA board member, I was Assistant Treasurer/Treasurer and member of the Information Systems, Celebration, Lodge & Tavern, LongRange Planning, Investment and other committees.
I was honored to be asked to run for a seat on the ICVFD board. Incidentally, my father worked in the Midland Fire Department for many years so there is a special place in my heart for firemen and all “First Responders.”