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Since 1921, Pep Boys has been one of the nation's leading automotive aftermarket chains. With over 7,500 service bays in over 800 locations in 35 states and Puerto Rico, Pep Boys offers name-brand tires; automotive maintenance and repair; parts and expert advi... more.
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St. Martinâ€™s Episcopal Church
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University of Texas at Austin School of Law
Entrepreneurship Provides New Hope for Former Prisoners - The Story Exchange
"Starting any business is hard," says PEP's CEO, Bert Smith.
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Bert Smith, CEO of PEP shows in his dance moves that redemption is a precious gift!
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Bert Smith will discuss the model of moving inmates from being tax consumers to taxpayers, from gang leaders to servant leaders and from felons to real fathers and even philanthropists.
The Prison Entrepreneurship Program (PEP), is on a mission to transform inmates and executives by unlocking human potential through entrepreneurial passion, education and mentoring. Their groundbreaking results include a return-to-prison rate of less than 5%, employment rate of 100% within 90 days and over 100 businesses launched. 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 a past 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.
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 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.