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Posted: Friday, February 7, 2014 4:30 am

Todd Smith, 33, is the co-owner of Red’s Corner Grill Restaurant in Harker Heights.

How long has your restaurant been open?

The restaurant has been open for a year and a half.

Tell me about your family.

I was born at Scott & White Hospital in Temple. I grew up in Killeen. My parents are Rusty and Becky Smith. My parents are both retired Killeen Independent School Districts principals. My mom worked at Flower Elementary and my dad was at Clifton Park and Clear Creek Elementary. Currently, my dad is the bowling coach at Central Texas College and my mother still works part time for KISD. I recently got married to a lovely lady named Kimberly. On April 6, Kimberly and I will celebrate our first anniversary.

What do you like about working in Harker Heights?

I like the growth. I enjoyed watching the place where I grew up grow and expand to newer and better things. I was a part of the first class at Harker Heights High School when it was a ninth-grade center. I enjoy owning a business in this area. I remember when this entire area where my business is located was just an empty field. I love the people in Harker Heights. The people are what make this place enjoyable.

What community work do you do?

I donate to anyone in need, very often. Red’s helps wounded warriors, the local schools, the Girl Scouts and many other organizations. It doesn’t take much to give back.

What is your favorite vacation spot?

Port Aransas, because I like to go deep-sea diving.

If you could change one thing about your life what would it be?

I would change my haircut. My hair left me at the tender age of 21 and it hasn’t been back since. I jokingly tell everyone that since I don’t have any hair on my head I am saving money on shampoo, I can put that money into my 401k. My brothers still have full heads of hair.

What is something new you learned last week?

I learned that you have to grow with every situation in life, never be complacent.

What was the best advice you were ever given?

My best advice came from a quote by Vince Lombardi: “The achievements of an organization are the results of a combined effort of each individual.”

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