Edgar L. Smith

Founder, Chairman and CEO of World Pac Paper, LLC

Edgar L  Smith  Jr Edgar L. Smith, Jr. is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of World Pac Paper, LLC, a fast growing, Inc. 500 and BE100 company and award winning national distributor of high quality printing & packaging papers and packaging solutions. World Pac Paper was named the 2010 Small Business of the Year by the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber (Washington, DC). The company received the 2011 Blue Ribbon Small Business Award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce this year, as well as being included on Black Enterprise Magazine’s BE100 -The Nation’s Largest Black Businesses for the second consecutive year (2011 & 2012). The company was also recognized by Fortune Magazine and the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) as one of the nation’s fastest-growing inner city companies in the US in the spring of 2012. He has over 25 years of solid sales and marketing experience with Fortune 500 companies, lastly as a Vice President, National Sales with Coca-Cola North America. More specifically, thirteen years of increasing industry experience with commercial printing, packaging and paper companies including R.R. Donnelley & Sons Co., James River Corporation, Georgia-Pacific Corporation and Smurfit-Stone. He has traveled extensively, both domestically and internationally. He has developed significant business in Asia, South America and Mexico. Edgar is a graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA. He is also a graduate of Leadership Cincinnati – Class XXI (1997-1998), and a past Fellow for The Regional Leadership Forum – Class II (2003-2004). He has also completed the Advanced Management / Minority Business Executive Education Programs at, both, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. As a successful entrepreneur, in May 2010 he was named the Small Business Person of the Year for the State of Ohio and Region V of the United States, which covers Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio, by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). In August 2008, he was selected as Cincinnati Minority Contractors Business Assistance Program’s (MCBAP) Male Entrepreneur of the Year. In January 2008 he received the Innovative Creative Entrepreneur Award (ICE) – Outstanding Alumnus from the Morehouse College Entrepreneurship Center. He received the 2011 Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence from the University of Cincinnati College of Business and the Center for Entrepreneurial Education & Research. He also was awarded the Champion Award for Convention/Meeting Sales from the Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau in 2011. Twice (2011 & 2012) named one of the Tri-State’s most influential leaders, “The Power 100” by Cincy The Magazine for Business Professionals. Edgar has also served on several corporate boards, which include the Paul Hemmer Companies (Construction & Real Estate) in Ft. Mitchell, KY 2000-2001 and BrandWatch Technologies, Inc. in Tukwila, WA 2003-2006. He is an avid community volunteer and he currently serves as the Vice Chair, Small Business and on the Executive Committee, for the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber. He also serves in leadership capacities on the Board of Directors of many prominent Cincinnati civic and community non-profit organizations, which include ArtsWave, formerly the Fine Arts Fund, (Executive Committee), Cincinnati Arts Association, American Red Cross (Past Chapter Chairman, 2006-08), Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau, Boy Scouts of America (Eagle Scout) and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (Ex-officio – Executive Committee). Edgar was recently elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, headquartered in Washington, DC. Edgar was recently appointed to the Board of Advisors for the School of Business Administration at Clark Atlanta University. Edgar is a member of the Board of Trustees of Marietta College (Marietta, OH). He was selected, by The American National Red Cross, to serve on The National Leadership Council (Washington, D.C.). He previously served nationally with the American Red Cross as the Vice Chair, National Committee on Nominations (2004-2006). He recently received (June 2012) the Clara Barton Honor Award from the American Red Cross for meritorious volunteer leadership. Edgar also serves on the Executive Board of Business Committee for the Arts, a division of Americans for the Arts. He and his company are the recipient of numerous business awards and community honors.

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