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Fred Smith: It’s a Conspiracy

Fred Smith

Like most of the people reading this, I have more than enough meetings. So, when someone calls and says they want to get together, I have learned to ask a few questions ahead of time. I should have asked more questions about my meeting this week with Steve Smith. I might have declined. I like entrepreneurs. I like almost everything about them – even their sometimes odd personalities, quirks and me ...[Read More]

Fred Smith: Mailbox Money

Fred Smith: Mailbox Money

My family moved to Tyler in 1984, and I almost immediately began teaching a Bible study that had been going for 20 years. The couples had begun as young parents and kept meeting weekly through all the stages of raising children and seeing them go off –  and then seeing some of them come home again to raise their own families here. I discovered that Tyler is a good place to find relationships ...[Read More]

Fred Smith: Inheritance

Fred Smith

When my father died I was named the executor of the estate. While I had read through some articles on the subject, I was not prepared for the actual work required of me for the next full year. I could not have imagined the complexity involved and the maddening experiences of dealing with investments, insurance companies, real estate investments, tax forms and inventories. At times, I felt surround ...[Read More]

Fred Smith: The Land of Opportunity

Fred Smith

Kyle Penney at the East Texas Communities Foundation has created an interesting and insightful study of the transfer of wealth that is going on in East Texas and will last for at least the next 50 years. While the total transfer in the United States is in the trillions of dollars, the numbers for East Texas are also remarkable. Kyle estimates that over the next 10 years, almost $21 billion will tr ...[Read More]

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