We had the good fortune of connecting with Woody Smith and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Woody, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
An opportunity to serve our community and give back to God. Also to create job security for me and my family, and challenge myself. Its always been my dream since around age 12.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
The lessons I have learned are simple. Love God with all of your heart, pray for others, love all that you come in contact with, pray for others, serve others, find your passion and work in it, and give with a joyful heart. What sets us apart from others. Is written above, plus: Treat every customer as long-term friends/family. diversify your inventory/staff, change in advance of the times of retail, Lessons learned… Our brand stands for excellent service, a huge variety of products, and well stocked.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If I had family in town they would be invited to stay at our home. There we will go a site seeing bike trip outside my front door. We have several miles of bike trails around I would show them where at least 2 professional Dallas Cowboy players live. We would hang out in our driveway with a firepit, our favorite drinks, and hear stories with my next-door neighbor that works for the “Secret Service”. Then take them to “Hardache BBQ” . See Scheels sporting goods, See Nebraska Furniture Mart, then do a Cowboy Stadium Tour. Another day go Joe T. Garcia’s Tex Mex Food, see where President JFK was killed, one of my bicycle stores, and go ride bikes or walk at White Rock Lake in Dallas.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would love to thank God, Jesus, and The Holy Spirit. My wife of nearly 30 years and my biggest fan, Carla Smith. Then Jim Hoyt, the previous owner of the stores I am buying out, Jim is and was my mentor, friend, Father figure, and hero since I started working for him in 1989. My Dad, Arwil Smith planted the seed with me at the age of 11 to be in business for myself and bicycles was it for me! My Mom, Georgia Johnson for always believing in me. My grandmother, Ethel Adelle Smith (Gamey). Always showing positive actions, positive words, and endless love to me. The 100’s of staff folks I worked with or worked for me have blessed me and I pray I have blessed them more.