We had the good fortune of connecting with Bryan Smart and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Bryan, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
Started my first businesses when I was in high school. It was a legit way for me to make money and be able to buy the things I wanted that my parents would not buy for me. Entrepeneurship/organizational leadership has been a passion of mine since my 14 year old self started those first businesses. While working in politics; I thought that building a to build wealth for myself and future family I could build folks up through employment and careers.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Smartscaping: Revolutionizing the landscaping industry (using tech) while building an organization that keeps its employees, clients, and community at the forefront of daily operations. We literally started on the back of a pickup truck with a couple of push mowers. Now we have a team of 11, the glue in all of it is God. Our slogan is “God Created It; We Maintain It”. What sets apart is our will, our ability as an organization to not quit and push through despite a pandemic and all of the other crazy variables; we’ve grown. I started my first 3 businesses at 14 and I’ve always been driven to leadership and entrepreneurship. It’s not easy at all but everything requires practice and when you focus on something for a long period of time and learn from your mistakes and keep Him first things seem easier. Faith and hardwork is how I’ve been able to overcome challenges. Lesson: The distance between living the dream and where you are right now is time, hard work, and never giving up. I want the world to know that Smartscaping was founded by a guy that realize a lot of man made institutions weren’t created for him to excel. So he created a business in an industry that most don’t look like him to build an institution for folks who are willing to work that are likeminded to have a place where they can fit.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
First, we are based in the Hiram Clarke area of town. There are some amazing folks in this area that make it a vibrant community from to Windsor Village on Sunday to getting tires checked at 610 Wheel and Tire on South Post Oak to Pappadeaux on 610 where Jen, Emerald, and Ms. Donna will take care of you. Then you transition to checking out Wiclowe Heights that’s a great spot to going over to Another Broken Egg in Pearland on weekends.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
First and foremost, GOD. At the beginning and end of the day, I believe that God has His hands in all things. And as a result of God working through folks my parents are definitely HUGE in my life. As well as my family, and the communities that raised me into the man I am today. The saying goes “it takes a village to raise a child” and I am a living testimony that God has a way of putting the right folks on your path to ensure you have the ability to become who he has called you to be. I’m a product of the areas of Houston that today are considered as positive as I saw it growing up and see it now.