Founders

Fred Smith

Founder and CEO

 

From co-president of the Harvard University Student Association where he earned his MBA to creator of the Smith Ventures Group, Fred Smith combines the best of bold leadership and bright vision.

With expertise in strategy, organizational development, business development and marketing, Fred provides key strategic direction for Smith Ventures Group, while overseeing the company’s operations and project development.

Prior to founding the Smith Ventures Group, Fred served as Case Team Leader and Consultant for Bain & Company, focusing on transformational projects in customer relations, customer experience, marketing, and operations.

In 2009, as Business Development Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Florida, Fred led the organization out of impending closure by establishing influential partners, restructuring the Board of Directors and initiating five successful fundraising events in less than six months. His broad experience also includes positions with Target Corporation in Corporate Finance, Harris Corporation in Business Development and Tropical Connection, a tourism group he co-founded with his brother.

In addition to his MBA from Harvard, Fred has a bachelor’s degree Summa Cum Laude in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Florida. In Fred’s free time, he enjoys teaching packed cycling classes at the boutique cycling studio, Flywheel Atlanta.

 

Andre Smith

Founder and President

 

A visionary and creative leader with a passion for hospitality and entertainment, Andre Smith Andre brings together his experience in project and brand management, financial planning and consultation, contract negotiation, customer service and sales, and eye for design to oversee Smith Ventures Group’s investor relations, new property site selection and overall creative direction.

In addition, Andre is Regional Pricing Manager for General Electric, in charge of the estimation and bidding of large-scale construction projects in the southeastern United States.

He previously served as Account Manager for the Atlanta sales office and was an

integral member of GE’s Commercial Leadership Program.

In 2006, Andre further developed his natural business acumen by cofounding Tropical Connection – a tourism group specializing in student spring break packages – with Fred. Through Tropical Connection, Andre secured successful large partnerships with commercial airliners, major resorts, and substantial restaurants and night clubs for promotional events. His experience also includes positions with 325 Media Group, Harris Corporation and Exclusive Holiday of Elegance. Andre is a graduate of The University of Florida with a degree in Industrial Engineering and a concentration in Entrepreneurship.