Paul Smith Jr.
CEO of BEST Carolina and Assistant Professor of Business
Five Words About Me:
God-fearing, enterprising, passionate, disciplined and engaging
One Surprising Skill:
I am a rifle marksman from distances greater than 500 yards
Paul Smith is the CEO of BEST Carolina LLC. He received his B.S. (double major) in Finance and Risk Management from The University of South Carolina, his M.B.A in Business from Webster University. His master’s work focused on globalization and strategic management with an emphasis on project design and implementation.
He is a certified NxLeveL® facilitator (Salt Lake City, Utah) specializing on business start-ups, existing businesses who wish to grow, microenterprises, and specialty training in agriculture-based ventures, going green, signage and money management. Additionally, he is a certified FastTrac New Venture Trainer with the Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City, Missouri.
He has partnered with EngenuitySC, Palmetto Citizens Federal Credit Union, Richland School District One and the City of Columbia Parks and
Recreation to promote financial literacy and entrepreneurship among minorities, military veterans, spouses and dependents.