As a trusted counselor and guide, I am an adviser on matters of fundamental concern. I put my experience, connections and wisdom to work help others succeed.Guiding Principles

Experience wastes away unless it is put to use helping those whose journey is less complete. I identify those who have the potential to fly and help them do exactly that. I help turn aspirations into reality. To me that is my highest calling – to be able to give advice to those who will benefit from it. It’s a kind of immortality – an echo of a life well lived. Personal success fades quickly but the knowledge, wisdom and humanity that I can pass on will live on long after I am gone. I believe that a legacy is built through the people you help.

Where I’ve had an impact

I have provided strategic advisory services in the areas of business development of business, turnaround 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 have brought together tailor-made teams to focus on a wide range of complex issues. I have built and lead advisory boards, served on boards of directors, helped foreign companies enter the US market, formed strategic partnerships, managed M&A programs and negotiated funding and financing.


I formed and lead six teams, served on a dozen Boards of Directors, built and managed half a dozen Advisory Boards as business development engines. A veteran of Wall Street, I served as CEO/Senior Partner for the six companies I founded. I have reorganized companies, managed multi-million dollar budgets and facilitated technology transfer. I have also managed mergers and acquisitions efforts, designed and organized companies,  built senior management teams, established and managed strategic alliances, negotiated complex arrangements, advised on matters of governance & compliance, arranged resourcing & financing and managed strategic and tactical planning and implementation.

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It's the most amazing experience I have ever had. I come to a point in my life where I knew I needed to find a new path. A friend recommended Dr. Smith and, from the very first, it was clear that he and I were going to get along. What was most amazing was the wisdom and perception that he brought. New vistas have opened up and, as a result, a new chapter in my life. There's no way that I could put a value on what he has contributed to my life.

GH, CEO and Serial Entrepreneur

Chief - That is how Dr.Smith was introduced to me and truly I recognized why he was called so. In all of our Board meetings he was the one who made the group focus on the current issue (and not to drift away from the topic) and made sure we tore the problems apart and had solutions for each detail. He had also guided me personally while I wanted those support in taking the business to a new perspective. Truly he would be my "Chief" anytime and will never ever regret to get his guidance career wise, anytime.

Laxman Subramanian, NPI Team lead WW Materials

Earl is a very wise individual with a lot of experience. He truly understands business and professional development. Earl has a great way of explaining things and getting you to look at things from another perspective. Earl is a tough coach, but if you can learn just some of what he knows you will come out ahead.

Adam Birch, Engagement Manager, Deloitte

“Dr. Smith is a very different kind of mentor. If you’re looking for a warm and fuzzy adviser, this is the wrong guy for you. But if you are dedicated to change and want to be challenged by a very experienced mentor Earl may be just what you are looking for.”

CEO of Croix Connect and Host of ABC Radio’s ‘Taking Care of Business’

“I consider Dr. Smith to be a truly revolutionary thinker and leader. His mentorship has been of great value and inspiration to my own personal and professional development.”

Partner, IT & Telecom, Defense Solutions

“Dr. Earl Smith is a very gifted and talented thought leader and strategist. I had an opportunity to work and interact with him on various occasions, and found his analytical thought process to be the most creative and illustrative in the industry. He is a great asset in developing business solutions from complex problems and chaos in the every day world.” Executive Director, Global Innovation Summit,