Dan Smith was an uncommon man and public servant.
I came to know Dan as the Kent economic development director while I was a vice president for the Pizzuti Companies in Columbus. I was fortunate enough to serve as the project executive for the construction of the new KSU Hotel and Conference Center. Although this was a challenging development that took almost five years to come to fruition, I can honestly say that getting to know Dan was one of the most rewarding aspects of the project. No matter the circumstance, or who was involved, Dan would approach every issue with an attitude of friendly resolve.
Beyond his professional ability to get things done, Dan was the kind of person you just enjoyed being with. He didn't have a pompous bone in his body. After a meeting with Dan, I always felt a little better, a little more uplifted and a little more encouraged than when I had arrived.
Well, God, if you have a difficult issue to take care of, just assign it to Dan. It will get resolved uncommonly, with little fanfare or pomp, before he lets the angels leave the gathering.
Shannon David Hamons, Director of Economic Development, Southlake, Texas