As Executive Director of Nu Beginnings, Odie Smith has performed hundreds of interviews for technical and multipurpose positions and has traveled to most major U.S. cities performing job aptitude assessments and interviews. His discipline in professional decision-making has granted him many company awards and honors, and he is nationally regarded as a customer service specialist. Mr. Smith has assisted many unemployed workers in the past 19 years and continues to provide professional guidance.
Daval Smith is co-founder of Nu Beginnings as well as Vice President of Operations. Daval is a certified pharmacy technician for a leading benefits management company in St. Louis. She began her career through the St. Louis Community College system, where she studied childcare development, which led her to pursue a very productive career in childcare. In 1993, Daval and Odie established a non-profit company in which they distributed unemployment assistance information to workers in the St. Louis area who were casualties of layoffs.
Odie & Daval have been happily married for 26 years and are the parents of two children, Odie Jr. & Aubrey.