March 2019 YLD Attorney Spotlight – Ross Smith - Articles

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Posted by: Stephanie Vonnahme on Mar 19, 2019
This month we are shining the spotlight on Nashville government relations specialist, Attorney Ross Smith.  
What's the best gift you've ever received?
When I was about 12 years old, Santa Claus brought me a Pinball Machine from the 1970’s and the theme was the Six Million Dollar Man. That thing was the talk of the neighborhood and it still has paper taped all over with various friends’ high scores.
How do you relax?
Relax? It’s the middle of the legislative session – there is no relaxing. Ask me again in mid-May.
What was the most indulgent purchase you’ve ever made?
I just booked a European Cruise to Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Estonia and Russia with 3 other YLD members! …and we upgraded to balcony rooms. 
If you weren’t a lawyer, what profession would you be?
Inspirational Speaker, but I’d need a good speech writer. It’s all about delivery, right?
What is your favorite place in the world?
Some may find it hard to believe, but I’m really just a home body. There’s nothing like being home.
What’s next on your bucket list?
Solid tie between traveling to Argentina or Vietnam.
What is your biggest pet peeve?
Easy – when people don’t rinse off dishes before putting them in the dishwasher. Who wants spaghetti sauce caked onto their dishes?
What fictional character do you most relate to? Why?
Squints Palledorous – I’m still looking for my Wendy Peffercorn.
What are three books that influenced your life?
1. Go, Dog. Go! by P.D. Eastman
2. Chicken Soup for the Soul (and its multiple off-spring)
3. 50 Things Every Gentleman Should Know by John Bridges and Bryan Curtis