Edgar L. Smith Jr.

He is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of World Pac Paper, LLC. He has created and grown his business to be an award winning and innovative global distribution company in the printing & packaging papers and packaging solutions industries.  Taking, nearly, twenty-five years of industry experience, with leading Fortune 500 companies, to become an entrepreneur, he employed and created best practices, which have set the tone for sustainable growth.  The company has been recognized by the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce, the nation’s 5th largest Chamber (representing approximately 5,000 businesses) as the “Small Business of the Year” and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C. as a Blue Ribbon Small Business Award winner, and is an Inc. 500, BE 100 and IC 100 company.

Edgar, an Eagle Scout, is a graduate of Morehouse College with post graduate – Advanced Management / Executive Education experiences through Leadership Cincinnati, the Regional Leadership Forum (Fellow), Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. As a successful entrepreneur, in June of 2015, he was selected as the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® (Regional Award Winner) Lifetime Achievement Honoree.

Edgar has been twice named (2011 & 2012) as one of the Tri-State’s most influential leaders, “The Power 100” by Cincy-The Magazine for Business Professionals. In May

2010, he was named the Small Business Person of the Year for the State of Ohio and Region V of the United States, which covers Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio, by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).  In January 2008 he received the Innovative Creative Entrepreneur Award (ICE) – Outstanding Alumnus from the Morehouse College Entrepreneur Center. He and his company are the recipients of numerous, other, business awards and community honors, honoring outstanding performance, economic contributions and leadership excellence. Recent

community honors for 2016 include The Medical Mutual 2016 Pillar Award for Community Service, which recognizes the critical tie between the for-profit and non- profit communities and the work they do to enhance the community, the Beacon of Light Humanitarian Award from the Lighthouse Youth Services, The First Tee: Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Award for Confidence, and the Cincinnati USA Business Award for Community Involvement.

In addition to his entrepreneurial endeavors, Edgar has served on several corporate boards and he is an avid, and engaged, community leadership volunteer and currently serves as Chairman Emeritus of the Cincinnati Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB), Chairman of the Executive Board of Business Committee for the Arts (BCA) (New York, NY), a division of Americans for the Arts and he is also a Board Member of Americans for the Arts (Washington, DC). He is a Trustee of Marietta College (Marietta, OH) and Union Institute & University (Cincinnati, OH). He is a recent Board Member of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, OH, and the Council President-Dan Beard Council, Boy Scouts of America.  Additionally, he currently serves on numerous other local, regional and national, arts, business, civic and non-profit organization boards.