Harry Smith started a paper route at the age of 9 that continued into his early college years. He became a CPA in 1967. His years in public accounting prepared him for his life changing career move to the Schilling Companies, Inc. as he assumed the role of Chairman and CEO of the 1000 person company. This is the holding company for the real estate and automotive divisions. He also owned, in partnership with Boyle Investment Company, Schilling Farms, a 448-acre planned business development in Collierville, TN. Over the past 35 years, Harry has been involved in a number of businesses which include automotive parts, industrial engines, heating and cooling distribution and over ten different automobile dealerships of all makes and models. He has served on the Ford Motor Company Governmental Affairs Committee and the Ford Consumer Appeals Board. In January 2003, he was recognized as the Time-Life Quality Award Dealer for the State of Tennessee
The real measurement of Mr. Smith lies in his involvement in the non-profit community of the Memphis area. He has been involved in over 30 boards and managing committees in the area, including Baptist Healthcare Systems, Baptist College of Health Sciences Board, University of Memphis Foundation, Board of Visitors, Union University, Church Health, and Collierville Chamber of Commerce, just to name a few.
“‘An entrepreneur should have the goal of living a balanced life involving his faith, his family and his business. He should be willing to be transparent (be himself) and to admit that he doesn’t know everything. He should assemble a team that will share his vision and accomplish his goals with focus, determination and humility. He should respect and involve all members of the team. The team should be part of all of the challenges and victories experienced along the way.”
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