Carrie Perrien Smith

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. 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. 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. Her husband Tom is a 32-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 four years ago and are nearing completion. Carrie holds an MBA from John Brown University and 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.

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Why We Should Think Small — As in Small Business

How will our road construction affect our city's business

I’ve attended all the Rogers city council meetings since July 2011 with the exception of one or two. With all the decisions made in those committee and council meetings, not once have I heard someone ask, “How is this going to affect our business community?” This is only one of the reasons I have to get …

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A Strategy to Better Match Elected Leader Demographics to Community Demographics

rogers demographic graph

I’m a big believer in strategically developing leaders. I also believe that the demographics of a community’s leaders should reflect the demographics of the community. According to 2010 census data, Rogers’ population is 31.5% Hispanic or Latino (click here to check out the rest of the census data). The Hispanic population has been been gradually increasing …

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