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Jul 2009Present

Strategic Adviser

Dataline is a leading transformational technology solutions provider to Department of Defense (DoD) and federal customers. Since 1990, its focus has been to integrate best-in-class technologies to provide robust, cost-effective Information Technology (IT) solutions for organizations of all sizes and missions of all criticalities. In partnership with customers, they are accelerating the rate of change in the DoD’s transformation to Net-Centric Warfare and progressing America’s capability for total Information Dominance. I am advising the CEO on a range of strategic issues including refocusing the company's value proposition, improving its sales force and building an advisory board to drive business development.
Oct 2008Present


Dream Walk: Parables for the Living
This is a book about dreaming and thinking - authenticity and inauthenticity. The first section - Dream Walking - relates an extended conversation between Raven and Wolverine. Their talk comes about as a result of an experience that Wolverine has had with Thrush. Wolverine’s question to Raven is actually Thrush’s question to Wolverine. But, as you will no doubt find, the question is different for each of them - as it is different for Raven. The question at the end of the section, however, is only for the reader. The second section - Dream Food - is a collection of ‘dreaming’ pieces. Each short chapter ends with a question. Although most of the questions appear rather simple, I assure you that they are not. They are the dreaming pieces of the dreaming pieces. The more time you spend with them, the richer your dreams will become.
Mar 2008Present

Strategic Advisor

Metro Capital LLC
METRO CAPITAL offers the highest quality of financial services as Balance Sheet Surgeons. Crafting settlements – and infusing cash - since 1994, we have put many millions of $’s back into creditors’ accounts – and saved hundreds of companies from Bankruptcy! I worked with the CEO to completely revise the focus of the company, built a website, helped develop marketing materials. I built an advisory board that is focused on business development.
Aug 2007Present


Amazing Pace:Turbo-Charged Business Development
Amazing Pace shows you how to turbo-charge business development. Over decades of experience as a CEO, board member and senior adviser, I have developed a unique approach to turbo-charging business development. It involves: 1) a board of advisers, which is populated by very senior people who are dedicated to driving the top line; 2) a different approach to resourcing and organizing a company’s senior management team; and 3) an approach that focuses on building revenue in large chunks. This book shows you how it’s done. It will also help you avoid the pitfalls and leverage the strengths of your company. And this really works! An autographed copy of the book can be purchased at
Feb 2009Sep 2009

Strategic Advisor

Dr. Smith acted as a strategic adviser to the Chairman of the Board and President of CSNW. CNS LLC is a Virginia based System Engineering Services firm focused on the research, design, integration, and implementation of Information Technology (IT), Software Systems, Database Architectures, and Interactive Multi-media Instruction (IMI) for the Federal Government, Department of Defense, Homeland Security, and Commercial customers. They have a 20-year legacy in assessing, formulating and deploying Data Processing, Communications, and Networking infrastructures with secure quick-response solutions, customized applications development, and professional IT services worldwide. Their engineers and specialists satisfy technical, logistical and training missions vital to the Department of Defense (DOD) and the United States interests abroad. CNS maintained facilities in Rockville, Maryland and Springfield, Virginia. I built a new management team for the company, helped it to relocate its offices to McLean Virginia and re-launch based on a new value proposition.
Oct 2008Sep 2009

Strategic Advisor

White Glove Restaurant Services
White Glove offers the industry’s most thorough kitchen exhaust cleaning service to a variety of eating establishments, including restaurants, hotels, hospitals, country clubs, and more. Our cleaning is in strict adherence with NFPA 96 standards requiring that all components of your system be cleaned to bare metal to guarantee the complete removal of grease and oily residue. During this engagement, I have helped restructure the company, evolve its value proposition, improve its operations and restructure its organization. As a result, revenues have increased along with margins and quality conrtol has radically improved.
Jan 2008Aug 2009

Chairman, Advisory Board

Ordia Solutions Inc
Ordia Solutions, a leading provider of advanced collaboration tools and interoperability solutions, is taking a leadership role in the development and fielding of disruptive technologies such as the Mobile Tactical Collaboration System™ (MTCS) to deliver a force multiplier advantage to law enforcement, fire/EMS, and search and rescue personnel in their courageous efforts to secure and protect the homeland I designed and populated an advisory board focused on business development, helped to evolve the value proposition and built a sales force for the company.
Feb 2008Sep 2008

Member, Board of Directors

Board Bench
Board Bench focuses on improving board performance through a series of proprietary tools including assessment, gap-analysis and succession planning. Board Bench provides a detailed analysis a company’s board – an analysis which serves as a basis for a strategic plan for its augmentation and development. The company then provides support in implementing and monitoring that plan.
Feb 2008Jun 2008

Radio Personality

Washington Ear
Washington Ear provides radio and recorded readings of newspaper and magazine articles and other programs for the blind.
Jan 1997Feb 2008

Executive Director


Longview, Executive Director (January 1997 to Present): Longview specialized in building and managing Advisory Boards as business development engines. Using our proprietary approach we can help you unlock the true potential of your company. Our Boards are made up of very experiences and well connected individuals who have been chosen with your company’s specific needs, strengths and capabilities in mind. They contribute by helping you to increase both your revenue and the average size of your sales. We offer a free consultation.




University of Strathclyde


Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Sloan School of Management
Sep 1968May 1969


University of Texas


The University of Connecticut


I am a serial entrepreneur, political and social theorist, published author and speaker. A veteran of Wall Street, I have served as CEO/Senior Partner for all of the companies which I founded. I provide strategic advisory services in the areas of business development of business, turn-around plans, strategic planning, team development and augmentation, merger and acquisition strategies, and leadership and management style. Through my network of strategic partnerships and associations, I bring together tailor-made teams to advise clients on a wide range of complex issues.

Much of my work is with investors - both angel and venture capitalists. I specialize in improving results for under-performing companies and corporate divisions. I build management teams, sales teams and Advisory Boards as business development engines. Most of my work is with investors who are realizing poorer results than expected. I have also worked with management teams looking to buy out the existing owners and with investors looking to sell or merge a portfolio company.

My experience includes designing and organizing companies, business/technology management, team building, strategic alliances, negotiating complex arrangements, governance & compliance, resourcing & financing, mergers & acquisitions, management/team/board assessment, coaching and strategic and tactical planning and implementation. I serve on boards of directors and advisory boards, as well as in interim senior management positions.



Two of my very favorite engagements are helping others build their business and building teams that accomplish great things. Some of my most rewarding experiences have been creating opportunities for highly motivated people and watching them enjoy successes that they never thought they might.

I work as a senior adviser to investors and CEOs because I believe that hard problems can be solved – it’s just a matter of finding the right approach, resources and team to solve them. When it comes to overcoming tough challenges, there is no substitute for experience and proven judgment. I have worked with investors and CEOs that were stuck – unable to find a way forward. Once the way is cleared, watching them succeed is a real ‘Rocky Mountain High’!

I build advisory boards as business development engines because I discovered that they are by far the best way to drive the gross revenue of a company. I built the first ones for my own companies. My book, Amazing Pace: Turbocharged Business Development describes these boards.

I have also published Dream Walk: Parables for the Living – Zen stories for the present.


What I Do
I serve as a strategic adviser and on boards of directors and advisory boards. I advise investors and CEOs and executive teams, sales teams and build advisory boards as business development engines. My expertise includes innovation, governance, succession planning, mergers & acquisitions, team building, strategic planning, turnarounds and reorganization.   I specialize in turnaround situations. My experience in building six for-profit companies and helping to launch two non-profit organizations allows me to help management overcome challenges that may seem daunting to them. My wide range of contacts allows me to tap into substantial pools of resources – including senior executives, highly effective professionals and sources of financial support.   An effective leader and innovator, I blend academic research with hands-on management expertise. I have a record of successful innovation in a variety of industries including technology transfer, film financing, property investment and management, team building and leadership, board design/population and management, management/team/board assessment and executive/leadership/team coaching. (Recent Engagements)