Scott Smith joined Crossroads less than a year ago. As the Director of Asset Management, Smith is responsible for overseeing all buildings and properties owned and operated by Crossroads. We were able to pull Smith away from his endless list of duties for a few minutes to learn more about him.
What is the best part about your job?
I get to spend time in all of our facilities and leased homes. It gives me a wonderful opportunity to meet face to face with our clients and get to know many of our employees.
What is it about our mission that inspires you?
I’m a believer in free agency and what we do here helps empower others to choose and create their own path in life.
What is something people may not know about you? I’m fluent in Spanish.
Best advice you ever received and from who?
I tend to get in a hurry and push things through an agenda. My wife once told me that if I would slow down and take my time the 1st time, I wouldn’t have to go back and re-do tasks. Ever since then I try to digest everything that comes my way before I make a decision on how it has to be done.
Weirdest/most unique job you have ever had?
In 1998 during my college years, I worked after hours in a potato processing plant in Sugar City, Idaho. My job was to help clean up all the potato trimmings and prep the factory for the next morning. Part of my pay each week was a 50 lb. bag of huge Idaho potatoes. That sounds nice but how many people can eat a 50 lb. bag of potatoes each week? I couldn’t even give them all away.
What is the most challenging thing about being a parent?
Accepting things your children are born with. We have a one-year-old daughter named Bonnie Belle and she was recently diagnosed with a severe peanut allergy. It’s hard to think of the future because we and her will have to be aware of all things she eats and all ways restaurants prepare her meals. Plus, there are so many yummy things she will never taste that is made with peanuts, i.e. Recess peanut butter cups, butterfingers, etc.
What is something your kids taught you?
The little things in life matter more to them than you think. Don’t underestimate the power of a child’s hopes and dreams.
What is the secret to a successful relationship/marriage?
Be transparent with your spouse on all matters, unless it’s their birthday.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I like to make family videos and archive them for my children to see when they get older.
Your most favorite quote: “I never said it would be easy, I only said it would be worth it.”, Mae West