Media Room

Date: 7/29/2016

The Dialogue with Randi Smith

This feature is a question-and-answer session with a new Blount County Chamber member. So here we go with our 32nd installment visiting with Randi Smith who works with Damsel In Defense self defense products. Smith works to inspire, educate, equip and empower others about the safety of themselves and their loved ones.
What does Damsel In Defense offer? Damsel In Defense offers a collection of products that include emergency vehicle tools/kits, concealed carry bags, digital protection (identity theft, cyber bullying, computer support), personal protection items (pepper spray, alarms, stun guns) and newly released; our SAFE Hearts line geared at protecting our children against sexual abuse. We also offer the opportunity for others to join us in business as we work to spread awareness and the Damsel mission.
What insipred you about these products? I saw a need for women to feel empowered to protect themselves and felt that Damsel In Defense really filled a niche in the industry. Being a woman and mother of three daughters, I'm immediately aware of the fact that we (women/girls) are often viewed as 'prey'. So my natural instinct is to educate myself, and others, so that we're protected. Additionally, I've worked in sales my entire adult life so bringing the two together was an easy and natural fit.
What are the major influences in self defense? People are really taking hold and realizing how important it is to become and stay prepared. Gun laws are always changing - we offer a 'less than lethal' option for that are faced with those changes. Our products are affordable and non-intimidating to use. The technology and laws governing our products changes often and I'm proud to say that Damsel In Defense works diligently to stay current and in touch with what our customers need.
What do you enjoy most about this product line? Being able to share with others and to educate them about our products makes my heart smile EVERY TIME!

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Cynthia Warner, Cynthia's Natural Market
Holly Sparks, Realty Trust Group
Amy McCarty and Tosha Wilhelmsen, The Artistic Bean Maryville
Dr. Drew Osborn, Foothills Pediatric Dentistry
Ray Clowers, Champion Physical Therapy
Jeffrey Jeter, OneSouth Financial Group
Josh Fincher, Thermocopy
Cory Blanton, Aerotek Scientific
David Anderson, Shelter Insurance
Nancy McBee, Tennessee Trane Energy Services
Joel Honeycutt, J&S Janitorial Solutions
Suzie Cutshaw, JB&B Capital
Tom Klein, InfoSystems
Clint Woodfin, Spicer Rudstrom, PLLC
Rebecca Kiger, Home Instead Senior Care
Ben Hazel, Pree's Tree Specialists
Larry Parker, Auto Collision Experts
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Jeff Jones, LC Fence
Steve White, White Enterprise Holding
Aundrea Scholem and Jennifer Madaj, Foothills Adult Care Enrichment Services
Wade McLemore, Paychex
Alan Baker, Crown Point Consultants
Shelby Avery, Avery Wealth Management
Kate Schriver, Schriver's
Elizabeth Ross, ECS Central, PLLC
Tony Saddy, Get Fit Maryville
Renee Taylor, CBI
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