Member Spotlight: Hilton O. Smith, Emeritus NAMC Board Member
Hilton Smith worked with Turner Construction became a board member of NAMC 44 years ago. During a joint venture with Ray Dones, the founder of NAMC, Turner Construction became one of the association’s first major corporate partners. Mr. Smith was recently appointed at the 47th NAMC Annual Conference in June 2016 as a Board Member Emeritus.
NAMC membership recently voted to approve Mr. Hilton Smith’s appointment as an emeritus national board member.
Mr. Smith became a board member of NAMC over 40 years ago. Turner Construction and Mr. Ray Dones, Founder of NAMC had a joint venture (date?). Turner Construction became one of the first major corporate partners with NAMC.
Working with NAMC as a Board Member and with Turner Construction was an instrumental networking opportunity to attend meetings and conferences and circulate information about Turner’s work around the country. This work encouraged Turner Construction to become a corporate sponsor. An association with NAMC has been beneficial to Turner Construction. The establishment of partnerships and relationships with NAMC members has resulted in valuable business opportunities and training programs developed for NAMC members. Mr. Smith’s participation on NAMC’s Board benefited NAMC members in a collaboration to discuss changes in the construction industry while developing a plan of action to sustain NAMC’s vibrancy.
Relationships, partnerships, friendships and trust has been the outcome, while change has been the most significant direction in this association that encourages contractors to leverage benefits for the success of the next generation.
Technology is a significant factor in the forward direction of NAMC as well. Advice to NAMC going forward is to stay in the game and stay aware. Continue to persevere and contribute to communities across the country, grow in faith and help one another to provide networking opportunities within the organization.
Advice to young entrepreneurs is to protect the legacy of their company by being the best possible while continuing growth, establish ownership, take relevant courses and training to enhance knowledge, grow and develop a trusting staff and work smartly in cooperation with that staff while embracing the concepts of success.
Mr. Smith considers Ray Dones as a pioneer in the development of NAMC and recalls Mr. Dones’ advice – “To fall is bad but to remain down is worse. Adversity can engulf the individual but not the group. Keep moving forward.”