Shon Smith was raised in Cashmere with conservative values, and has become an integral part of the Wenatchee River Valley with businesses in Wenatchee and Leavenworth. Shon, his wife Janeen, and their four children worship at Mid-Valley Baptist Church, and are actively involved with the Cashmere schools.
Shon has a great concern for the ongoing health of the Valley, its resources, its people, and our private property rights. He also has a passion for the success of small businesses because of their great impact on Chelan County.
He graduated from Cashmere High School in 1989, and in 1993 from Northwest Nazarene University with a degree in Business Administration with an emphasis on finance. After college, Shon worked at Idaho Timber in Boise for two years. In 1995, missing the Valley, Shon returned with Janeen and worked for two years at Dovex Fruit Company in Wenatchee. Both work experiences gave Shon a feel for the timber and fruit industries and the impacts they have on our region. Shon then put his personal business plan into action by opening the Wok-About-Grill in Wenatchee in 1997 and another in Leavenworth in 2014.
Generations of Shon’s family have farmed Eastern Washington, hunted and fished the lands and waters of Chelan County, and have treated the land and the environment with respect. So great is their appreciation for our rivers and lakes that Shon hopes these natural resources will be preserved as gifts to be esteemed by all. Some changes are inevitable, but solutions to issues need to ensure that we make an effort to maintain our identity for the future, especially for our families!