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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I look back on the first three months of my work with Dr. Smith with wonder. My journal reflects a journey of self-discovery so vast that I hardly recognize the person who wrote the first entries. It's been a year now and I am happier now than I have ever been.

PJ, Mentoring Client

"It's the most amazing experience I have ever had. I needed to find a new path. A friend recommended Dr. Smith. 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."

Mentoring Client, CEO and Serial Entrepreneur

"Chief - that's how Dr.Smith was introduced to me and, based on our work together, I have come to understand why - helped me focus on the possibilities that I had been missing in my life. He guided through developing a new vision for my life. My life is richer because of working with him."

Mentoring Client

"Earl is a wise mentor with lots of experience. He has a great way of explaining things and getting you to look at them from another perspective. Dr. Smith is a tough mentor, but, if you can learn just some of what he knows, your life will change forever."

Mentoring Client, 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’

“Dr. Smith's mentorship has been of great value and inspiration to my personal and professional development. I felt the need to take a new direction. He helped me sort out the possibilities and showed me ones that I never considered. Working with him has been a truly life-changing experience.”

Partner, IT & Telecom, Defense Solutions