Truckers, Racism and Inspiring Mentors Dotted Jason DaWayne Smith’s Road to Success

Today, he leads with a focus on humility

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Jason DaWayne Smith’s early career was nothing if not multifaceted. 

He grew up in what he calls “stereotypical” circumstances on the South Side of Chicago. But after traveling to New York for school, he found himself working 18 or more hours a day in a kaleidoscope of roles: paralegal work, deejaying and managing 47 truckers at Fink Baking, one of whom threatened him with a knife during an attempted theft. 

These experiences gave him courage he uses today.

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