Q&A with LA25 Member RJ Smith

May 09, 2016

Member Name: RJ Smith
Business Name/Website: RJ Smith Constructions

Tell us a little bit about your business:
We are a construction and development firm, specializing in high end homes in Manhattan Beach.

What’s most rewarding about your work?
The people we are able to build homes for. We are creating a home for a family to live in for a long time. Nothing better.

How did you choose the nonprofit organizations that you support?
My grandmother, mother, and wife are all Sandpipers and we love what they do for our community.

Do you host events to help the public learn about important topics?
We do not. Most of our clients are very private and do not like their homes on display.

How do philanthropic efforts of your business make our community a better place?
By making sure each area we give back to gets our full attention and support—from the kids art events to Walk with Sally.

Do your clients influence your choice of causes to support?
Yes and no. We love our certain groups that we love to give back to but we love learning about new ones.

What are the biggest benefits of making of making social responsibility a priority?
Get out of the work mode to talk about life and other items that go along with it. Not just business all the time.

What’s one simple way a local business can reach out and make a difference?
By helping support our events. Every little act goes a long way in helping.

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