Alicia Smith proudly wears many hats: wife, mother, entrepreneur, volunteer, and philanthropist. Alicia, who grew up on the shores of Port Neches, attended court reporting school in Austin and in 1992 she founded Houston-based Associated Video Services, Inc. The first female-owned legal video enterprise in Houston. Alicia’s entrepreneurial drive led her to become a certified legal video specialist and to create Innovative Legal Solutions in 1997 as she capitalized on voids in the legal realm by expanding into record retrieval, copy services, printing and document management. Alicia was appointed to the CRCB Task Force in 2008.
While her business flourished, so too did Alicia’s personal life! She met her husband, Lance, in 1992 whom she married in 1995. Lance and Alicia are the proud parents of three active sons: Justin (16), Cole (14) and Chandler (12). She takes tremendous joy in supporting her sons numerous sporting activities, which range from the football field, basketball court to the baseball diamond. Alicia attributes her role as a parent to further strengthening her commitment to serving charitable organizations that benefit youth, health and the arts.
Certainly talking the talk while walking the walk, Alicia has been involved in an extensive range of philanthropic endeavors, the highlights of which include active participation on the boards of directors of The Houston Ballet, UNICEF, March of Dimes and The Children’s Assessment Center. She also formed The Children’s Assessment Center Friends Guild Board and held the title of its first President for two years consecutively. Alicia has also drawn upon her extensive business skills as chair, co-chair, auction chair, invitation chair, program chair and advisor for events, festivals and galas benefiting the American Heart Association, Amschwand Sarcoma Foundation, The Houston Ballet, The Bridge Over Troubled Water, The Children’s Assessment Center, The Houston Museum of Natural Science, The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation, The National Kidney Foundation of Southeast Texas, March of Dimes, The Houston Symphony, The Ronald McDonald House and Arrow Child & Family Ministries.
Alicia was humbled to be honored by The Children’s Assessment Center at their annual Luncheon in the spring of 2007, to have been nominated and awarded the 2007 Team Excellence Award – CAC Direct Service Volunteer by the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas, to have been chosen as a 2007 Woman of Distinction by Channel 13 and the Houston Chapter of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, to have been nominated, selected and a graduate of Leadership Houston, Class XXVI, named 25 Most Beautiful Houstonians by HTexas Magazine in 2007 and 2009, named an Haute Mom by Icon Magazine in May 2007 (she and her boys grace the cover), honored by Crisis Intervention of Houston “The A List” at their gala, April 2, 2009, chosen as a Houston Sweetheart in 2010 and to receive the Excellence in Bloom award by the Women’s Health Summit, Huffington Center on Aging in 2011.
Though her dance card is certainly full balancing family life and a rewarding career, volunteer work seems to come naturally to Alicia. She just co-chaired “Heaven is for Real” a Luncheon benefiting Arrow Child & Family Ministries, February 11, 2013 and is chairing “Blessings & Bling” May 3rd, 2013 having secured Neil Bush to be the speaker for Lutheran South Academy’s