Smith Named Smyrna Business Person Of The Year

Allan Lipsett presents plaque to Ronnie Smith

The Smyrna Business Association honored Ronnie Smith with its “Business Person of the Year” Award at the June meeting.

Smith is a Georgia native who worked his way through Oglethorpe University and works for Georgia Power. He has served the SBA for more than 20 years as its treasurer.

The presentation was made at the June 7 lunch meeting of the SBA at the Smyrna Community Center with many of Smith’s family members and co-workers attending.

“Through his service to the Smyrna Business Association for the past two decades, Ronnie Smith has made a difference in the business community of Smyrna,” Said Allan Lipsett, president of the Smyrna Business Association. “This is a very deserved honor. ”

“For the past 45 years, he has been helping individuals and companies manage their energy requirements, as a customer service representative with Georgia Power Company,” the nomination said.

Smith is a longtime Smyrna resident who now lives in Canton and has taught youth Sunday school classes at his church for 25 years. His contributions to the Smyrna business Association and the wider community over the years are really too many to mention. As a member of Citizens of Georgia Power he has participated in Relay for Life and various community projects. Through his church, he teaches 9th grade boys and participates with the youth on a World Changers mission trip each year.

“It’s a surprise to say the least. I don’t think that I deserve it, but I will accept it anyway,” Smith said. “This is an honor. Thank you.”

“When you look at all the people in the past that have won, to be in that group, it’s very humbling.”

Smith was also sworn in as new president of the Association. The SBA also named new officers and presented two scholarships.

From the July  2012 issue of The Bright Side, Cobb County Georgia’s Newspaper covering Smyrna, Vinings, Mableton and Austell, GA.