Carrie Perrien Smith, MBA is a training, communication, and publishing industry veteran. Her corporate career spanned 15 years, split between Texas Instruments and Walmart Stores, Inc.
She founded her Rogers, Arkansas-based company, Soar with Eagles, in 2003. She works internationally with business leaders, candidates, and growing companies who want to brand themselves as experts in their industry and build a speaking and consulting business.
Also a speaker and coach, Carrie is the author of Currency: Striking Networking Gold in a Relationship Economy (2008) and the recently-released book Like You Own It: Breakthrough Strategies in Confident Living (2016). She writes a blog for NWAMotherlode.com called Empty Nexter and has hosted an internet radio show called Business: Engaged!
She devotes hundreds of hours each year to her community. Her volunteer leadership experience includes serving the NWA chapter of the American Society for Training and Development, Toastmasters International, Bryan College Advisory Board, SCORE (Counselors to America’s Small Business), Creative Referral Network, Benton County Republican Women, the Cancer Challenge, National Speakers Association’s Oklahoma chapter, Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Benton County, and The Joseph Project, an initiative for the unemployed in Northwest Arkansas.
She most enjoys mentoring emerging leaders and business owners. A grateful woman of faith, Carrie uses her volunteer service to honor and serve God. Click here to read Carrie’s extensive volunteer leadership résumé.
Carrie was raised in a traditional family of small business owners in Sapulpa, OK. She spent seven years in Dallas before settling in Rogers in 1993. Her daughter Darcie grew up attending Rogers schools and works as a certified nursing assistant. Darcie lives in Fayetteville with her husband Kyle and has a son named Robert.
Carrie’s husband Tom is a 33-year Walmart associate who bleeds Walmart blue. In their free time, they enjoy performing with their band. They also enjoy listening to live music, whether it is a local band at a local club or outdoor festival or a world-famous band playing at the Arkansas Music Pavilion. They purchased a house to renovate five years ago and are nearing completion.
Carrie holds an MBA with an emphasis in Leadership and Ethics from John Brown University. She lives in southeast Rogers with her husband, Tom. They are empty nesters who share her home with their rescued and now hopelessly spoiled fur children, Chloe Needletoes, Jazmin with Teeth, and Midgieboy.