orangeleader.com (Orange, Texas)

September 11, 2013

Ross has reputation for helping others and his community

Tommy Mann Jr.
The Orange Leader

BRIDGE CITY — A man with a reputation for helping others and his community will be the center of attention at a special event Thursday night.

The Bridge City Chamber of Commerce will honor resident Ross Smith with a roast at 6 p.m., Thursday, inside the Bridge City Community Center, 105 Parkside. Tickets are $50 per person.

The master of ceremonies for the evening will be Monte Morphew. Some of the individuals scheduled to “roast” or pay tribute to Smith include Dr. Mike Shahan of Lamar State College-Orange, Stephen Lee of First Financial Bank, Gary Stelly of KOGT radio, Larry Webb, John Gothia and Trey Smith.

Mayor Kirk Roccaforte of Bridge City and chairperson of the nomination board for the roast said Smith was a great selection to be honored.

“Ross does a lot of good things for the community and for so many people by helping those organizations,” Roccaforte said. “I think he is a great guy and worthy of being the person we decided to ‘roast’ this year.”

Smith is excited about the opportunity and looks forward to Thursday’s evening of entertainment.

“I really didn’t know if I wanted to do this at first or not,” Smith said with a laugh. “I figured this might could turn into a barbecue instead of a roast real quick. Quite honestly, I’m proud that I’m considered to be a character enough to do a charity event like this for our chamber.”

Smith is very involved with numerous organizations throughout Orange County. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for organizations such as the Lutcher Theater for the Performing Arts, the Salvation Army of Orange County, First Finanical Bank, formerly known as Orange Savings Bank and others. He has been a member of other boards in previous years, including the Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce, the Boy Scouts of America (Three Rivers Council) and the Boys and Girls Club.

Smith, 65, has been married to his wife, Eva, for approximately 30 years. They have three children and six grandchildren.

He is the chairman and president of Akrotex, Inc., as well as Chairman of the Board of David Self Ford, Inc. and the Nexus Resin Group Inc.

Smith has received numerous honors and awards during his life-time, including the 2010 Citizen of the Year” and the 2004 “Small Business Person of the Year” by the Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce, as well as the 2000 “Community Builder Award” from Madison Lodge 126 AF and AM and the Masonic Grand Lodge of Texas.

“I just want Thursday night to be a lot of fun. I want everyone to come out and enjoy the food and have a few laughs at my expense,” he added with a smile. “I love Orange County. That’s why I do the things I do to help the community.”

Call the Bridge City Chamber of Commerce at 409-735-5671 for more information or tickets.