When Josh Smallwood tells the story of how he turned a two-person, rustic frame operation in a tiny shed into over a hundred-million dollar custom art operation employing over 300 people in East Texas, he usually tells the short version of the story: He graduated from business school, tried accounting, didn't like it, and took a big risk to start his own company. But the real story goes back much further. It's a story with struggle and triumph, once-in-a-blue-moon setbacks and once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, with an unmistakable element of magic-meets-merit woven throughout. It's not an easy story. It’s a story where hard work and preparation matter, but often aren’t enough on their own. It's a story about a difficult childhood where family, stability, and basic necessities were often hard to come by. But it's these stories that taught Josh how important fairness, family and stability are—and the drive to provide that quality of life for himself, his family, and his employees is what makes Smallwoods so unique today.