President, Smith Todd Company
Candidate, Cobb County Commission, District 2
THE STORY: I was born in Charlottesville, Virginia and grew up in New York and New Jersey. In 1975, I moved to Atlanta to attend Georgia Tech, where I earned a bachelor’s degree in Architecture. After working for various architectural firms in Brunswick and Atlanta, I took a job managing construction for a real estate developer and realized construction is what I loved. In 1988, I started an interior construction division for Ridgeway Development in Smyrna, where I met my wife, Ann. In 1993, I started my own construction firm, Smith Todd Company, which I still operate today. In 2018, I was appointed to the Planning Commission by Commissioner Ott and served until this past spring. I also serve the county on the Transit Advisory Board
and as vice chairman of the Neighborhood Safety Commission.
WHY I CHOSE TO LIVE IN COBB: I moved to Smyrna in 1988 and have never considered leaving Cobb County. Ann and I were married in 1994 and moved to East Cobb after our son, Michael, was born. Our daughter, Marie, soon followed. Because of the schools, our church (Mt. Bethel UMC), the wonderful neighbors and neighborhoods, and first-class public services, we realized there is no better place to live, work, play, and raise a family than Cobb County.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT YOUR JOB? I love the people I work with. Most of my clients and the subcontractors I work with have been together practically since I started the company. I have worked for two clients, David’s Bridal and GM (regional office), longer than any of their current employees. What I am most grateful for is the freedom running my own company has given me to be involved in the community. Through Mt. Bethel UMC, I have volunteered on over 20 Habitat homes, in most cases as crew leader or project manager. I’ve led our church’s Handy Helpers and Disaster Response ministries, meeting many wonderful people along the way while serving local organizations including Hope Center, Cobb Street Ministries, Dobbins Chapel, OK for Youth, Wellspring Living, Brumby Elementary, and Boy Scouts, to name a few. These opportunities have given me a deep understanding of our community.
LEISURE TIME: I do many of the same things as I do for work. I enjoy repairing and building things. I have been leading our church’s annual lawnmower tune-up for the past 11 years. Through the Handy Helpers, I have volunteered time most weeks, on projects from simple repairs to building ramps and decks, and even installing an elevator. For fun, I’ve coached 43 youth league teams and enjoy bowling, playing softball, and golf.
BEST ADVICE: Get involved in your community. Discover the joy that comes from serving others. Spend time with good people doing good works. Many of my best friends I’ve met through volunteer projects and my work with the county.
WHAT’S NEXT? I hope to continue serving the community through public service. I have long admired our current Cobb County Commissioner Bob Ott, and the positive impact he’s had on the community through his dedication and service to the District. I hope to continue his good work as the next Cobb County Commissioner in District 2.
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