Leadership

Glen D. Smith – Chief Executive Officer

Glen D. Smith is known as an industry and community leader for over 30 years and has devoted his time to serving a myriad of companies and organizations that rely on his acute business skills and concern for the residents of the River Parishes. After being appointed to the Board of Directors for the Louisiana Airport Authority, Smith became Chairman under four governors, and also served as Chairman of the St. John the Baptist Parish, Economic Development Committee and Board member of the River Regions Chamber. Recognized in Who's Who of New Orleans and Who's Who of American Businesses, Smith is known for building partnership among companies, governments and countries to bring benefit to the State of Louisiana and the River Parishes. 

 

Smith is a 32nd Degree Mason, a thirty-year member of the Jerusalem Temple Shrine, a Patron of the Democratic Party and was a Torchbearer for the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Games. A champion for senior citizens, law enforcement and disadvantaged children, G. Smith Motorsports, one of the Magnolia Companies, hosts an annual Prom of Champions for terminally ill young adults and an annual Christmas Party for over 250 underprivileged children and families in the River Parishes. Smith recently donated over 300 teddy bears for children being treated for life-threatening illnesses and was chosen as the Junior Achievement, Hall of Fame Laureate.  

 

Smith serves as a member of The Committee of 100 for Economic Development, Inc., a private, non-profit organization of Louisiana corporate CEOs and University presidents and was recognized in 2013 by City Business as one of the top 50 financial professionals. In 2016, he was also named as a New Orleans Kingfish, for his philanthropic efforts.

 

An active member of the Mystick Krewe of Louisianians for decades, Smith has served as a Lieutenant since 1992 and was honored to have been selected King for the 2011 Washington Mardi Gras.

Gary L. Smith, Sr. – President

Gary L. Smith, Sr. is the President of the Magnolia Companies of Louisiana, LLC, and, like his brother, Glen Smith, has been involved in all aspects of this family-run business since childhood. Smith’s passion lies within the company’s industrial components, including the real estate construction business, dredging operations, marine industries and heavy equipment divisions. Additionally, as an avid motorsports fan, Smith plays a large role in G. Smith Motorsports, just one of the many entities under The Magnolia Companies’ umbrella.

 

Smith frequently travels among the company’s many divisions, offering his expertise and general support. Serious, yet affable, Smith is known for promoting camaraderie as he strengthens teams to accomplish the complex work of the real estate, marine and construction industries. Together with his brother, they created the Magnolia Companies Mentor Program to provide young adults onsite job experience in order to help them achieve their career goals and become active members of the community.

 

Smith was appointed by the Mayor of New Orleans and approved by the City Council as the St. Charles Parish Representative for the 9-member New Orleans Aviation Board (NOAB).  He occupies the this seat previously held by his father, Mr. Henry Smith, the longest serving Aviation Board member with a term of 26 years. The Board represents the City and surrounding parishes in all aviation matters including consultation with state, national, and international government agencies, which effectively utilizes Smith’s aptitude for negotiating and establishing alliances between businesses and government. Additionally, Smith is a board member with the Florida Parish Bank

 

Growing up and living in St. Charles Parish has fostered Smith’s dedication to giving back to his community, participating in the year-round G. Smith Motorsports charitable events which benefit disadvantaged and ill children. He is a member of the Jerusalem Shriners, the Knights of Columbus, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and the River Parishes Chamber of Commerce. Smith also participates in the annual Washington Mardi Gras as part of the Mystick Krewe of Louisianans.