Rodney I. Smith heads Smith Cattleguard Co., in Midland, Va., that has expanded from one employe in 1961 to its current administrative, production and marketing staff of 57.

The corporation, a precast concrete manufacturing firm, was founded by Smith's father, David G. Smith, and Rodney Smith was cited last week for becoming the firm's "moving force shortly after its founding and (having) built a management team that has regularly brought new and innovative products to the marketplace."

The good words about the Fauquier County firm came from R. P. Kutternkuler, district director of the Small Business Administration in naming Smith as Virginia's small business person of the year for 1980. The Warrenton-Fauquier Chamber of Commerce will celebrate Smith's award with a special presentation at a May 8 luncheon. Smith also was elected recently as president of the 600-member National Precast Concrete Association.

William Hamilton, a senior member of the technical staff of General Research Corp. of Santa Barbara, Calif., a subsidiary of Flow General Inc., has been presented the first annual Alexander Award by Flow General for excellence and originality. The award honors the late founder and chairman of the company, Ben Alexander.

Michael Collins, undersecretary of the Smithsonian Institution and a former Apollo 11 astronuat, has been named vice president for field operations of Vought Corp., a subsidiary of the LTV Corp. He will be responsible for the company's operations in several cities, including Washington. Vought is a major defense, space and commercial aircraft manufacturer based in Dallas.

J. Donald Annett has been appointed vice president for the Washington office of Texaco U.S.A., a newly formed division fo Texaco Inc. The organization, which will employ about 24,000 people, was established to organize the company's oil and gas business on a geographic basis. Annett joined Texaco Inc. in 1965 after serving four years with the Federal Power Commission. He was named senior attorney and was assigned to the company's Washington office in 1971.