From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Smith, Joshua I.

(born: 1941) 

Smith, born in Garrard County, KY, established the information technology firm MAXIMA Corporation in 1978. One of the largest African American-owned businesses, Maxima Corp. had over $62 million in revenues. 

In 1989, Smith was named chairman of the 14-member U.S. Commission on Minority Business Development (1989–1992) by President George H.W.  Bush to assist in devising ways for improving business development. He  is presently chairman and managing partner of The Coaching Group.

Smith is a graduate of Central State University.
and taught biology and chemistry at The University of Akron while studying law. Smith is married to the Reverend Jacqueline Jones-Smith and resides in Washington, D.C.

For more see African American Biographies: profiles of 558 current men and women, by W. L. Hawkins; "biztalk with Business Expert JOSHUA I. SMITH" (available online); "Central State University Honors Businessman Joshua I. Smith," 10/17/2014, at CISION: PR Newswire online; and "Joshua I. Smith" at the Wikiwand website.

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