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Chief Executive Officer

Phone: (713) ***-****  
Prison Entrepreneurship Program
4140 Directors Row Suite B
Houston , Texas 77092
United States

Company Description: Established in 2004, the Prison Entrepreneurship Program (PEP) is a Houston-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We’re pioneers of innovative programs that...   more

Employment History

  • President
    Executives Association of Houston

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member of the Vestry
    St. Martin’s Episcopal Church


  • Juris Doctorate
    University of Texas at Austin School of Law
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Prison Entrepreneurship Program, 9 Aug 2015 [cached]
Bert Smith, Chief Executive Officer
Bert Smith officially joined PEP as CEO in May 2010, and has been actively involved with PEP since 2005. He has served in a number of volunteer roles, including executive judge, Business Plan Advisor, teacher, mentor, donor and Chairman of the Houston Advisory Board.
In the 1980s Bert served as Director, General Counsel, and Head of Corporate Development for a family owned engineering company that built and operated independent power plants. After the sale of that company, Bert founded and led a group that developed proprietary alternative fuel and energy generation technologies. Prior to joining PEP as CEO, Bert was an early stage investor and CEO for a DVD kiosk rental business.
Bert serves on the Board of Directors for a family foundation, is the President of the Executives Association of Houston, is a member of St. Martin’s Episcopal Church and has served as an active board member and volunteer with a number of other nonprofit organizations. He holds an AB in Economics from Princeton University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin School of Law. He is married and has three adult children.
Prison Entrepreneurship Program, 9 Aug 2015 [cached]
Members of the media interested in learning about PEP or setting up an interview with one of our staff or graduates may contact Bert Smith, CEO.
Bert ..., 4 Sept 2015 [cached]
Bert Smith
CEO, Prison Entrepreneurship Program
Smith's work with the Prison Entrepreneurship Program (PEP) aims to stimulate positive transformation in the lives of convicted felons and volunteer executives. Over 200 businesses have been started by PEP graduates, and the recidivism rate of PEP graduates is under 7%. Prior to PEP, Smith was an executive and early stage investor in a variety of industries. Smith received a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Princeton and a law degree from the University of Texas. Smith is married with three adult children, and is an active member of St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston.
The book "provides a powerful platform ..., 30 Jan 2014 [cached]
The book "provides a powerful platform from which intense discussions are launched," explained PEP's CEO Bert Smith, "from the twisted rationalization of criminal behavior by the criminal to the profound psychological and personal consequences of the crime, and ultimately to the role that the love of another person can play in restoring hope in the criminal's life.
Prison Entrepreneurship Program [cached]
Our wonderful CEO, Bert Smith, was here and spoke about attrition - he said that traditionally, classes lose about 39 to 59 percent due to those who quit or are separated, however Class 14 managed to retain all but 24 percent!
Bert, PEP's CEO, came today to talk about Innovation, one of our 10 Driving Values. Innovation carries with it an undertone of profitability or progress, so all change is innovation, but it is positive change we seek. Bert told us that Joseph Schumpeter, a Harvard economics professor in the early twentieth century, had defined economic innovation as a new good, new method of production, new market, new supply of raw materials, or a new organization of any industry.
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