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Industry Folks - Cory Smith, Circle “C” Millwork

image Cory Smith, Lead Estimator and Project Manager, Circle “C” Millwork, San Antonio, TX

SAN ANTONIO - He is a son, husband and now father. Before Cory Smith was a lead estimator and project manager, he was a student at La Vernia High School and graduated with the class of 2007.


    Cory was born in San Antonio and also raised in La Vernia. His childhood memories from living in a small town were of him being a typical teenager running around town and going to school. “Once we got into high school I got into a work program and started to work with Circle “C” at a young age.” Cory wasn’t involved in any high school sports, but instead focused on the work program.
    Cory, as a young man, got a feel for the business. He had to start by sweeping the shop floor. As he began to move up in the company he met others in construction industry. “I know a lot of people that are in the construction world and it has been very fruitful for us and for me.”
    What he enjoys most about his job is witnessing something go up and being a part of that project. He said all around construction is fun. Sometimes that means you have to travel for a big project, “We’ve gotten to work on bigger projects in town and in Austin. We get to do a lot of high-end work and the end result always comes out really nice. It is fun to be a part of that.”
    Cory has known a majority of the guys who work in the company for a long time. In fact, one co-worker, an engineer is his best friend. “We haven’t had a lot of people leave or quit on us. Our family keeps growing.”
    Speaking of family. Cory has started his own. It began when he met his wife Jenny at a friend’s lake house in Marble Falls. Today they live in La Vernia and have been together for six years and married for two. Then in September, Cory and Jenny said hello to their first-born, a lovely baby girl. Congratulations!
    Cory admits he has a full house because they have three dogs too.
    A couple of his favorite restaurants are on the south side of San Antonio, such as 2M Smokehouse and Mr. and Mrs. G’s. Cory said when Jenny was pregnant, every Thursday they would go eat at Mr. and Mrs. G’s. Can you blame them? That place is soul food perfection.
    As for free time Cory has had a busy year with back-to-back projects and their newborn baby. Yet, everyone has a getaway spot. Cory’s is at their lake house on lake LBJ, where they spend time on the water and fixing things where needed.
    Cory is a hard worker and loving family man. He recognizes that it is going to be a busy next few years, but all in all life is good. –lv

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