Our Board

Our board is always evolving. We structure our board on an annual basis. In edition to the young adults that make up our board we have dedicated committee members and over 300 volunteers in our database. We look forward to growing with the community!

Alex Smith – Co-Founder

Alex Smith worked as an Investment Adviser at Galecki Financial Management before taking his experience full-time as co-founder of Panzit International (www.panzit.com).

Panzit.com is the first online broker distributor of power transmission parts that allows customers to browse and order parts from multiple manufacturers in a matter of seconds. Our goal is to make the ordering process as efficient and simple as possible.

Alex graduated in 2009 from Indiana University. He received his bachelor’s degree in Public Financial Management. He is a former graduate of Bishop Dwenger High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He enjoys spending time with his family, which includes one brother and two sisters. He is also an uncle of fifteen nieces and nephews.

Alex enjoys staying active within the community through an organization he and three other young men started called A Better Fort Charitable Organization. Their goal is to champion young adults to grow personally, professionally and spiritually through an American pastime of philanthropy.

Shane Araujo – Co-Founder

Shane has spent 8 years in the Industrial Supply industry before Co-Founding his company www.Paznit.com. Panzit.com is the first Multi-Vendor On-Line Distributor of power transmission parts that allows you to browse and order parts from multiple manufacturers in a matter of seconds. Shane was an original board member for a Better Fort and got involved because of his love for his hometown and the positive aspects of giving back through volunteering to help others.
Christine Fisher – Board Member

Christine got involved with A Better Fort shortly after graduating from Indiana University. She is extremely passionate about her hometown and giving of her time to make it an overall better place to live. She currently works for BAE Sytems and looks forward to taking a more active role within the organization over time.
Russell Fought – Board Member

Russell joined A Better Fort in 2010 while working for 80/20 Inc. He is dedicated to the organization and it’s mission of providing opportunties for young adults to help others, make valuable lifetime connections and helping others through volunteer initiatives.