Founder's trust member

David A. Smith

Board Member

Mr. Smith has served on the boards of five companies across multiple industries for more than 10 years cumulatively and participated in company acquisitions totaling $174 million. As a board member he is able to blend strong financial acumen, operational experience and strategic thinking. His experience includes international operations, emerging technologies/high-tech leadership, M&A transactions, public/private capital raising, regulatory compliance and risk management. Mr. Smith is a U.S. Naval Academy Engineering Graduate with extensive C-Level professional experience managing publicly traded & private equity technology and manufacturing companies in the Aerospace, Wireless Communications (Space), Medical and Defense Industries, with operations supporting both commercial and military-related products.

Throughout his career, he has participated in six successful acquisitions totaling $174 million. Mr. Smith has served as an international public company President and CEO within the manufacturing, aerospace/defense, high-tech, telecommunications and security services industries. Companies included Highway Information Systems, Western Display, Sensor Information Systems and Frequency Engineering Laboratories. Mr. Smith has a reputation for increasing shareholder value in high-growth and turnaround environments. He is a strategic thinker and a sales & marketing leader with direct experience identifying business and acquisition growth opportunities while also successfully leading business turnarounds, new product launches and market initiatives.

Industry/academic distinctions include being an Entrepreneurial Fellow, CTP and an MBA. Mr. Smith is an accomplished international athlete, having earned a position on the 1975 Pan-American Crew Team and the 1996 U.S. Olympic Equestrian Team.

In loving memory of our colleague and friend.