Henkel Smith


Results-driven, creative entrepreneur with diverse business development, marketing and sales experience. Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills with a proven ability to develop and foster relationships.

Work History

Work History
Jan 2009 - Present

Director of Business Development


Zingle is a privately held start-up that provides an easy to use, flexible text messaging utility for businesses in a variety of industries. Zingle's patent-pending technology enables companies to leverage the effectiveness of SMS text messaging to improve both operational efficiencies and customer service.

Identify key industry targets, create plan for market penetration and growth, and develop and execute sales and marketing efforts.

Directly responsible for the acquisition and management of all accounts associated with Zingle. Closed 75+ deals within the first year after the company's launch. Key account relationships and associated pipeline helped in securing second-tier VC funding. Work directly with CEO in the forecasting, planning, and execution of Zingle's technology and strategic direction.

Aug 2004 - Jan 2009

Founding Partner & President

Water's Edge International Realty

Water's Edge International Realty provides real estate development and sales consultancy in Nicaragua, Central America. The company's experience and knowledge of local business culture and International law sets Water's Edge apart as the most reputable resource for foreign real estate investors.

Directly managed $8M+ in real estate transactions. Vertical growth enabled the acquisition of a direct competitor within 2 years of company's inception.Leveraged internet technologies such as SEO, email marketing, and Google campaigns.

Hired, trained and managed a multinational staff of 20 including sales, marketing, legal and administration. Developed co-op marketing programs with real estate developers and partner agencies in countries such as Costa Rica and Panama.

May 1998 - Mar 2004

Account Executive

STAR Solutions, LLC

STAR Solutions provides IT hardware, software, implementation and managed services. The company specializes in web servers and networking, storage and backup solutions, service desk, and professional services.

Consistently exceeded annual sales goals. Acquired major accounts and established key relationships that generated ongoing opportunities for hardware / software sales and professional services. Directly involved in the growth of outsourced services practice, including new account acquisition and customer relationship management.

Specialized in multi-vendor solutions such as enterprise hardware and software, data replication, backup and recovery and data center design. Worked directly with manufacturers' reps and channel resources to ensure maximum competitive advantage.



B.S. Business Administration

The University of Alabama

M.S. Business Administration

San Diego State University



Computer and Internet Abilities

Ability to leverage technology for increased sales and business efficiency. MS Office applications, Sales Force, WebEx, website management, internet based marketing programs.

Cultural Affluency

International business savvy and multi-cultural awareness.

Conversational Spanish

Comfortable speaking and conducting business in Spanish.