Orange’s ‘Citizen’ Smith
Smith, a man who has served the Orange Community for many years, was
named Citizen of the Year by the Greater Orange Area Chamber of
“I was just extremely honored and humbled by the fact
that a lot of people that do a lot of things for good cause’s everyday
felt like I deserved this award,” Smith said.
Smith is a graduate of Little Cypress High School and attended Lamar University and
The University of Texas in Houston. Smith is more than just a successful business man,
he’s a man that wears many hats.
received the 2000 Community Builder Award from the Madison Lodge 126 AF
and AM and the Masonic Grand Lodge of Texas, as well as the 2004 Small
Business Person of the Year from the GOACC. He is a former board member
of the GAOCC, Boys and Girls Club and the Boy
Scouts of America (Three Rivers Council).
owns Akrotex, Inc.; starting it in 1990. Smith is also a current board
member for: Orange Savings Bank, the Lutcher Theater, the Lamar Orange
Foundation, the Southeast Texas Foundation and the Salvation Army.
“My wife and I and our company help [the Boy Scouts of America] each year. We help
the Lions Club with their carnival,” he said. “A lot of our employees do a lot of work for
also makes monetary contributions to Orange Christian Services, the
Salvation Army, the Red Cross and Southeast Texas Hospice. He also
donates money to support area schools with project graduation or simply
assisting an employee in need.
His wife, Eva, is also a board member of the Red Cross and the United Way in Orange.
do as much as we can. We love Orange,” Smith said. “Orange County is
home to my wife and I both. We are native to this area. We’ve been
blessed with a nice business and we try to give back and try to share
When Smith and his wife lost their home and all of their belongings
due to Hurricane Ike, they immediately went to the Salvation Army to
make a large donation.
“My wife and I had four and half feet of water in our home,” he
said. “Our home was totally destroyed. We lost everything. There’s was
nothing we could do about our situations, but there was something we
could do to help others.”
“I can’t express how thankful I am [for receiving this award]
because there are a lot of very, very deserving people,” Smith said.
“It makes me feel good because we can help. I am very proud that Orange
decided to thank me for some of the things we’ve done.
“Lord willing, if He continues to bless us, we’ll continue to do what we can.”
Smith and his wife have three children and six grandchildren. They attend St. Henry Catholic Church in Bridge City.