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SKYCTC December Phi Beta Lambda Member Spotlight - Richard Smith

December’s PBL Member Spotlight features Richard Smith.  Richard is originally from Burkesville, KY but moved to Columbia, KY after being adopted.  “I was adopted at 22 months by an amazing and hard-working woman who I am very proud to call my mom,” he says.  

When asked why he joined Phi Beta Lambda, Richard explains, “I joined for more experience in leadership and teamwork that Phi Beta Lambda offers. It was also an opportunity to learn more about business firsthand, so that I can be more successful when I start my career as a business owner.” 

What does Richard like most about Phi Beta Lambda?  “Getting to know the wonderful members and advisers that we have, making new friends, getting to help the community, and gaining knowledge from our guest speakers and business tours. I have also developed a great friendship with the PBL Vice President (William), which I have really cherished and enjoy.” he says. 

Why does Richard recommend Phi Beta Lambda?  “I recommend PBL to everyone for the leadership and teamwork opportunities that PBL offers, as well as being able to help/give back to the community and businesses that PBL is a big part of.”   

Richard chose SKYCTC because of its environment.  “Honestly, I wanted to start/finish my degree because that is a huge accomplishment to be proud of, and I also heard great things about SKYCTC. I decided that I wanted to be part of this amazing school,” he says. 

Richard is pursuing an Associate in Applied Science degree in Business Administration, specializing in Management. He plans to graduate from SKYCTC in December 2022.  He plans to finish his bachelor’s degree in business by December 2024. 

As far as his career path, Richard explains, “I plan to open and run my own clothing line/brand, factories, and retail stores.”  

In September 2021, Richard married his best friend who has been such a blessing to him. He has two amazing sons, ages 11 and 12 and two wonderful stepdaughters, ages 19 and 21.  He has two loving grandsons, ages 1 and 2 and has a sweet granddaughter on the way. 

Richard’s service dog, Sapper, died in December 2019, and he is still devastated by the loss. “He was my best friend and was a very smart and loving basset hound,” he says. 

A fun fact about Richard is that he wakes at 3:00 every morning and watches motivational videos/speeches.  Then, he calls his mother before she goes to work.  Richard is 100% medically retired from the Army after serving seven years and two deployments to Iraq.