March 20, 2023

UAFS names new director of Household Enterprise Middle

The Middle for Financial Improvement on the College of Arkansas at Fort Smith (UAFS) introduced Wednesday (Nov. 30) that Justin Smith would be the new director of the Household Enterprise Middle (FEC).

Smith, 40, involves UAFS from Arkansas Tech College – Ozark campus, the place he labored because the chief enterprise and group outreach officer for the previous eight years.

“Justin’s work as Chief Enterprise and Neighborhood Outreach Officer for ATU-Ozark and his time spent with the Arkansas Financial Improvement Fee will probably be invaluable to the Household Enterprise Middle,” mentioned Kendall Ross, government director of the Middle for Financial Improvement. “He obtained nice help from our UAFS search committee, college, and employees. I’m assured that he brings power, ardour, and an amazing imaginative and prescient to the Household Enterprise Middle that can serve to maneuver us ahead as a middle of excellence.”

Smith, who began within the place Nov. 28, mentioned his first steps will probably be to get to know
the dynamics of the totally different peer teams the middle hosts for the members and speaking to members about what programming they wish to see by way of audio system, coaching, and so forth.

“I feel it is very important be a superb listener at first, and discover out what’s working and what is a chance for progress from the members. I additionally will search for knowledge on what has assisted household owned companies nationwide and have an data sharing to members with any tendencies that help,” he mentioned.

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So far as long run targets, Smith mentioned he would love the FEC to develop into recognized regionally as a real useful resource the place family-owned companies know they may get actionable sources by turning into concerned.

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“Not solely will they be capable to discuss with friends in related roles however have sources out there to them to assist resolve their distinctive wants,” he mentioned.

Previous to Smith’s time at ATU-Ozark, he spent quite a few years as sector supervisor with the Arkansas Financial Improvement Fee. He has a bachelor’s diploma in enterprise administration from the College of Arkansas and a grasp’s diploma in scholar affairs administration from Arkansas Tech College.

His beginning annual wage with the FEC is $85,000. The Middle for Financial Improvement will introduce Smith to the members of the Household Enterprise Middle throughout the FEC Quarterly Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Thursday (Dec. 1) on the Middle for Financial Improvement on the Bakery District in downtown Fort Smith.