Mrs. Gloria L. Smith is
President of SMITHLAIN
Enterprises, Incorporated, with Corporate Headquarters in Huntsville,
Ala. SMITHLAIN is a
woman-owned, small disadvantaged business founded June 12, 1998. The
company has experienced phenomenal growth in the last five years.
Ever attuned to the needs
of business and industry, Mrs. Smith has assembled a capable team of
professionals to provide support services in the areas of logistics,
training and development, program management, information technology,
manufacturing, and conference planning. Her current clients include
NASA Headquarters, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, the U.S. Army
Aviation and Missile Command (AMCOM), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Huntsville Center, Teledyne Brown Engineering, Teledyne Solutions, and
Owing to her diligence,
SMITHLAIN received its
8(a) certification in August 1999 and HUBZone certification in July
2000 and is a viable member of the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber
In 2001, Mrs. Smith’s firm
was awarded the South Region’s Minority Business Council (SRMBC)
Diversity Award for “Supplier of the Year” and was featured in the
November 1999 issue of Black Enterprise Magazine.
In the January/February
2002 issue of Minority Business Entrepreneur,
SMITHLAIN was featured for
its work with Oakwood College of Huntsville, Ala., as part of the
government’s Historically Black Colleges and University and Other
Minority Institutions (HBCU/OMIs) initiative. By April 2002, Smith’s
company had earned the coveted “Small Business of the Year” honor from
the Office of Corporate Relations at Alabama A&M University.
A recipient of the Bachelor
of Science and graduate degrees from Faulkner University, Mrs. Smith
earlier received an associate degree from Robinson Business College in
Monroe, La. A fierce advocate of continuing education, Mrs. Smith
has received several certificates throughout her career.
The astute entrepreneur
possesses more than 20 years of legal and administrative experience in
the government-contracting arena. Her expertise includes strategic
business planning, as well as technical and program management. She
is an active member of numerous civic organizations and associations,
among them the American Business Women’s Association, Women’s Business
Council, AUSA, and HAMA. She is an advisor for the Organization of
Small Business Owners, Inc., and is dedicated to causes that encourage
young girls and women to aspire to new heights.
She also gives her
time and talents to local organizations, including the Girl Scouts of
North Alabama and Girls, Incorporated, for which she serves on the
Executive Board of Directors. Mrs. Smith was recently invited to be a
member of the Women’s Business Council Board of Directors.
Mrs. Smith has
accomplished several noteworthy achievements, including Outstanding
Female Entrepreneur of the Year 2000 by the African American
Entrepreneurial Summit. She was recently recognized as one of three
finalists for the
Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce Executive of the
Year- 2003 Award.
The Winnsboro, La., native envisions
growth and ability to provide excellent quality and cost-effective
services to its customers. She is married to Frank Smith, Sr. and
they have three children, Frank Jr., Daphane, and Erica, and four
Mr. Smith is the vice
president of SMITHLAIN
Enterprises, Incorporated. He completed his undergraduate
studies at Columbia College where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in
Business Administration. He also received an associate’s degree
in Education Administration from the University of the State of New
York. He has received numerous certificates for continuing
education courses throughout his career.
Mr. Smith served 24
years in the United States Army. As a retired officer of the US
Army, he has an extensive background in military operations, which
includes knowledge of the HAWK, Patriot Missile systems.
Mr. Smith is a native
Alabamian. He is a member of numerous professional, civic and
non-profit organizations. Mr. Smith is married to Gloria L.
Smith and they have three children, Frank, Jr., Daphane and Erica, and