Mustering up headlines
GYMPIE Music Muster identity Glenn Smith is making headlines in his home town of Stanthorpe as the town hears of the now Gympie local's list of successes.
From chairing music musters to managing businesses, Stanthorpe born-and-bred Glenn has had a varied career since leaving the Granite Belt.
After graduating from Stanthorpe State High School, Glenn pursued his culinary passion at Anna's Restaurant, but a hunger for further study saw him leave town to "obtain a broader knowledge of restaurant operation".
In the years that followed, Glenn completed an Associate Diploma in Hospitality Management at Mt Gravatt TAFE College, followed by a Bachelor of Business, a Diploma in Export Management and, most recently, he graduated as an Associate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
While studying business at Toowoomba's University of Southern Queensland, he met wife Angie Condon, of Gympie.
Glenn moved to to Gympie where he and Angie married and had two children - Alexander and Ellen.
Glenn's father Doug said the Gold City climate was a major drawcard for the couple's move.
"Glenn has many special memories of his years in Stanthorpe, but concedes that he would prefer Gympie once winter sets in," Doug said. "And yet he still remembers those lovely cool nights in the Stanthorpe summer when the rest of Queensland (including Gympie) is roasting."
Glenn and Angie run local retail business Budget Steel, drawing on their extensive marketing skills to expand it through steel manufacturing arm Cavalier Engineering.
Business prowess has proved common in the Smith family - Doug and Lyn had a successful furnishing shop in Stanthorpe for many years, while brother Cal operates Andersen's Carpets.
Outside working hours, Glenn has held many positions in the community - including past Apex president - and is vice-chair of the Cooinda Aged Care Board, Wide Bay Football Association president and Gympie Music Muster chairman.
"His small-town upbringing has given him a strong instinct to work hard for his community," Doug said.
"On a more personal note, he groans that he doesn't have enough spare time for his favourite sport - golf.