A Clarksville native, Lori Smith is the daughter of Dwight Luton and Anita Lisenbee, both of Stewart County. She and her brother, Anthony, spent weekends and summers visiting their grandparents and cousins in Dover and Big Rock. Lori grew up working in her parents company, and learned at an early age what it meant to work a full day, live by a budget, and provide for your family.
Lori is married to Shane Smith, an Assistant Principal at Northwest High School. Shane and Lori have two children: Jackson, who is entering seventh grade at New Providence Middle School and is an avid ice hockey and basketball player; and Ryann, an upcoming fifth grader at Moore Magnet, who enjoys gymnastics and is a miniature version of her mom. Puck and Lucy, the family’s dynamic Boxer duo, and Hope and Puma, the stealthy mice killing cats, complete their family.
Lori was blessed with the opportunity to experience both public and private education, having attended Byrns Darden and Woodlawn elementary schools, and New Providence Middle School. She finished middle school and graduated from high school at the Clarksville Academy. After graduating from Austin Peay with a business degree, she immediately pursued her MBA at Murray State University. Several years later she also earned a Master of Marriage and Family Therapy degree from Trevecca Nazarene University.
From Fortune 50 to start up companies, Lori has extensive business experience and vast knowledge of management and operations. Currently, Lori owns Clarksville Fencing, the company founded by her parents. Since she took ownership in 2010, the company has nearly doubled in revenue and grown from three to fifteen employees. Collectively, Lori and the talented team at Clarksville Fencing have experienced great success that has enabled her to offer increasing benefits such as higher pay, health insurance and paid time off. Clarksville Fencing is Montgomery County Green Certified and, in 2015 was recognized for Outstanding Efforts in Energy Conservation.
Education is a priority to Lori, which she demonstrates contributing both her time and her resources. As a member of the Education Foundation Board of Directors, Lori helps raise money to directly impact teachers and students in the Clarksville Montgomery County School System. Her company serves as a Partner in Education with two local schools, winning the Innovative Partner Award in 2014. In addition to partnering with schools, Clarksville Fencing also supports many schools and school organizations through sponsorships and donations. Lori is entering her eighth year serving on the Moore Magnet Elementary School Board of Directors.
Lori also serves on the Manna Café Ministries Board of Directors, with Clarksville Fencing serving as lead sponsor for both the Grits and Gravy annual breakfast and Color Me Cool summer ice cream event, and participating as a minor sponsor of the annual chili cookoff.
Passionate about small business issues and empowering women in business, Lori is pleased to serve on the Pathway Women’s Business Center Board of Advisors. Pathway focuses on growing small businesses in all stages of development.
Lori is beginning her fourth year serving on the Board of Directors for the Nashville Youth Hockey League.