Who is Alexander Hendrix Smith? A man with a humble beginning! As a result, he is a humanitarian with a servant’s heart. He put others before himself. Having been a resident of the city of Apopka for the past fifty years he has always had a passion for the city. As a young man, his peers’ desire was to grow up and get out of Apopka. Not Alexander; his desire was to get an education and remain in Apopka to make a difference. He has seen the migrant city grow and become one of the fastest growing cities in Central Florida.
From the Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce
Join us for coffee and conversation at our next Morning Mingle -Breakfast & Learn on Tuesday, April 9th hosted by AdventHealth in Apopka. This month, each attendee will have an opportunity to network and hear from our guest speaker, our very own City of Apopka Commissioner Alexander Smith.
This will be a fantastic opportunity to connect with one of our newly elected leaders, here in the City of Apopka, and we look forward to seeing you there!
Where: AdventHealth – Apopka
Date: Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Time: 7:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Location: 2100 Ocoee Apopka Road
Apopka, Florida 32703
About Commissioner Alexander Smith
Commissioner Smith’s is an Apopka native that blood runs blue for our very own Apopka High School Darters. From a young age, Commissioner Smith began his days at 5 a.m. where he would work in the farming industry picking oranges, working in the citrus packing house, on the muck farm in Zellwood pulling corn, picking cucumbers and cutting cabbage. From there is walked to school. After school, he would go back to work and continued his work including firing orange groves at night.
His first involvement with politics was when he attended his first City Council meeting as a ninth grader. Commissioner Smith notes that his visit made a lasting impression and inspired him to one day become one of Apopka’s City Commissioners. Furthermore, Smith continued to visit the City Council meetings which in turn help sculpt him for his future in the City of Apopka. He worked hard through high school and college. Smith received his degree in Agricultural Education with a minor in Horticultural Science from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU). He then returned to Apopka after graduating and has been serving the Apopka community in many ways.
Moreover, Smith was one of the founding board members and past President of AIA (Apopka Improvement Association), served two terms on the Orange County Board of County, one of the founding board members of the Billie Dean Community Garden, Past President of the Orange County Agriculture Teachers Association for more then 15 years and much, much more. It’s Commissioner Smith’s belief, in order to be a good leader, you must first be a good follower. He also believes that all men and women are created equal and regardless of our backgrounds or our walk in life that it takes those blended experiences to improve the quality of life for every individual.