PRIDE Spotlight – Board of Director: Vivian Smith
Name: Vivian Smith
Company: J.E.S. Restaurant Equipment Inc
Location: 2108 Hwy 72 West Greenwood SC 29649
Do you have a niche or unique market? E-commerce is our niche at JES Restaurant Equipment. We provide the convenience of online ordering combined with old fashioned answering the phone. You will get a real person every time you call to provide knowledgeable & friendly customer service.
How did you get involved in the Foodservice Industry? I started waiting tables when I was 16 at Clinch Mountain Lookout in Tennessee and then went on to managing Western Sizzlin Steakhouses. After that I went to work at Katom Restaurant Supply for 15 years.
What’s the greatest advice you have been given about this industry? “There is always a better deal you just have ask!”
If you weren’t in foodservice, what other industries do you have an interest in? I would love to learn to do coding, internet marketing and/or website design.
What do you consider your greatest achievement? Being the female president of JES Restaurant Equipment & starting with $85,000 and growing it into the $20 million business I have today with no debt. Also being the first woman to be elected to PRIDE Board of Directors.
What’s your favorite activity to do locally? I love gardening and planting flowers. Digging in the dirt and watching them grow into beautiful works of art.
What is your favorite activity outside of the office? Spending time with my family, especially my grandkids.
Where is your favorite place to travel? To our River Farm in Tennessee, we have a cabin there and have a chance to turn off technology for a few days and unwind.
Name one item on your bucket list: Travel to Hawaii & Alaska