LEADERSHIP BIOS

SCOTT WILKINS

Scott Wilkins has more than three decades of experience in analysis and work on the strategies, marketing, operations, and financial aspects of companies in the United States, Europe, and Latin America. He is the Managing Partner at Cielo Partners.

As both an entrepreneur and an ex-Wall Street sell-side analyst, Scott has a comprehensive understanding of the value creation process for public and private entities. As a former highly rated equity analyst covering the consumer goods sector for major US and European investment banks, Scott worked with the senior management teams of successful multinational companies to evaluate key strategies. Scott has also founded an asset management company and has worked in financial, production, and marketing roles for one of England’s foremost luxury bone china manufacturers, as well as in the commercial real estate and wealth management industries.

Scott’s breadth of experience is geographical and functional. His international experience includes over 17 years of living and working in London, Paris, Mexico City, and New York City. He currently divides his time between Merida, Mexico and Atlanta, Georgia. Since leaving the investment banking industry, Scott has nearly 15 years of active operational experience managing companies, typically sub $50 million in revenues.

Scott received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance, in the Honors Program at the University of Georgia, graduating in three years summa cum laude. He then went on to complete his Master’s in Business Administration at the London Business School, concentrating in International Strategy and Marketing.

SCOTT WILKINS

Scott Wilkins has more than three decades of experience in analysis and work on the strategies, marketing, operations, and financial aspects of companies in the United States, Europe, and Latin America. He is the Managing Partner at Cielo Partners.

As both an entrepreneur and an ex-Wall Street sell-side analyst, Scott has a comprehensive understanding of the value creation process for public and private entities. As a former highly rated equity analyst covering the consumer goods sector for major US and European investment banks, Scott worked with the senior management teams of successful multinational companies to evaluate key strategies. Scott has also founded an asset management company and has worked in financial, production, and marketing roles for one of England’s foremost luxury bone china manufacturers, as well as in the commercial real estate and wealth management industries.

Scott’s breadth of experience is geographical and functional. His international experience includes over 17 years of living and working in London, Paris, Mexico City, and New York City. He currently divides his time between Merida, Mexico and Atlanta, Georgia. Since leaving the investment banking industry, Scott has nearly 15 years of active operational experience managing companies, typically sub $50 million in revenues.

Scott received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance, in the Honors Program at the University of Georgia, graduating in three years summa cum laude. He then went on to complete his Master’s in Business Administration at the London Business School, concentrating in International Strategy and Marketing.

BERT ELLIS, JR.

Bert Ellis is a serial entrepreneur and investor having founded and operated numerous companies, both private and public. It all began with an MBA from the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at UVA and a BA in Economics from the University of Virginia.

Currently, Ellis serves as the CEO and Chairman of Ellis Capital, a consulting and investment firm primarily focused on the media, technology, healthcare, and fintech industries. Ellis primarily manages acquisitions, strategic relationships, and fund raising for his companies but has also been integrally involved in sales, operations, and strategic planning. He has managed multiple high growth companies and achieved significant returns for his investors. Ellis currently owns and serves as Chairman and CEO of Ellis Communications KDOC LLC which owns and operates KDOC-TV in Los Angeles. In addition, Ellis co-founded and currently serves as President of Titan Broadcast Management which serves as a contract management company for broadcast properties including KDOC-TV.

Ellis previously founded and served as CEO of Act III Broadcasting, Ellis Communications, and iXL and was a founding investor and Board member of WebMD. He is also a founding investor and Board member or senior advisor of Vivex Biologics; Brightwell Payments; MAXEX; Semantic-AI; AVCT; VoAPPS; JTEC and Johnson Energy Systems. Ellis has also been an investor and Executive Producer of the following films: It Might Get Loud, Act of Valor, and The Hornet’s Nest. Ellis recently purchased the White Spot restaurant in Charlottesville, VA and serves as the Head Gus.

He also serves on the Boards of the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper and the Jefferson Council and previously served on the Board of the San Diego Zoo for 12 years. He was the Founding Chairman of the San Diego Zoo Kids Television Network.


BERT ELLIS, JR.

Bert Ellis is a serial entrepreneur and investor having founded and operated numerous companies, both private and public. It all began with an MBA from the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at UVA and a BA in Economics from the University of Virginia.

Currently, Ellis serves as the CEO and Chairman of Ellis Capital, a consulting and investment firm primarily focused on the media, technology, healthcare, and fintech industries. Ellis primarily manages acquisitions, strategic relationships, and fund raising for his companies but has also been integrally involved in sales, operations, and strategic planning. He has managed multiple high growth companies and achieved significant returns for his investors. Ellis currently owns and serves as Chairman and CEO of Ellis Communications KDOC LLC which owns and operates KDOC-TV in Los Angeles. In addition, Ellis co-founded and currently serves as President of Titan Broadcast Management which serves as a contract management company for broadcast properties including KDOC-TV.

Ellis previously founded and served as CEO of Act III Broadcasting, Ellis Communications, and iXL and was a founding investor and Board member of WebMD. He is also a founding investor and Board member or senior advisor of Vivex Biologics; Brightwell Payments; MAXEX; Semantic-AI; AVCT; VoAPPS; JTEC and Johnson Energy Systems. Ellis has also been an investor and Executive Producer of the following films: It Might Get Loud, Act of Valor, and The Hornet’s Nest. Ellis recently purchased the White Spot restaurant in Charlottesville, VA and serves as the Head Gus.

He also serves on the Boards of the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper and the Jefferson Council and previously served on the Board of the San Diego Zoo for 12 years. He was the Founding Chairman of the San Diego Zoo Kids Television Network.


MARK OWEN

Mark Owen is a former member of the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Development Group, commonly known as SEAL Team Six. During his widespread career, he participated in hundreds of missions around the globe via 13 consecutive combat deployments. In 2009, he participated in the rescue of Captain Richard Phillips and on May 1, 2011 he was a Team Leader on Operation Neptune Spear, the mission that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden.

After leaving the military, he authored two New York Times best-selling books, No Easy Day and No Hero. Television came calling and he works as an Executive Producer to create the CBS hit series SEAL Team, now in its fourth season. He refuses to let these high-profile successes define who he is and likes to do his best to always focus on the team rather than himself.

MARK OWEN

Mark Owen is a former member of the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Development Group, commonly known as SEAL Team Six. During his widespread career, he participated in hundreds of missions around the globe via 13 consecutive combat deployments. In 2009, he participated in the rescue of Captain Richard Phillips and on May 1, 2011 he was a Team Leader on Operation Neptune Spear, the mission that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden.

After leaving the military, he authored two New York Times best-selling books, No Easy Day and No Hero. Television came calling and he works as an Executive Producer to create the CBS hit series SEAL Team, now in its fourth season. He refuses to let these high-profile successes define who he is and likes to do his best to always focus on the team rather than himself.

RICHARD SAPERSTEIN

Richard Saperstein is a veteran producer and former studio executive who ran the production activities for three of the most successful independent film studios of the past quarter century. His films have grossed over $4 billion.

As Senior Executive Vice President of Worldwide Production at New Line Cinema beginning in 1993, Saperstein was instrumental in building the independent company into a mini-major studio. Under his supervision, the studio launched popular franchises such as Dumb and Dumber, Rush Hour, Blade, Austin Powers, and Lord of the Rings. He also released critically acclaimed films including Boogie Nights, Don Juan DeMarco, Wag the Dog, and American History X. In addition to his managerial and oversight responsibilities within the production division, Saperstein served as an executive producer on several New Line films including Se7en, John Q, and Frequency. In 2003, Saperstein became President of Production of Artisan Pictures, where he oversaw production of Marvel’s The Punisher among other projects. After leaving Dimension, Saperstein produced several independent films including Devil’s Knot, based on the true story of the West Memphis Three, starring Academy Award-winners Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth and directed by Atom Egoyan.

Saperstein’s Bluestone Entertainment currently has numerous high-profile feature film projects in development including: World War II action-drama The War Magician at StudioCanal with Benedict Cumberbatch attached to star and produce and Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World) directing; romantic drama Still Life by Alexander Dinelaris (Birdman, The Revenant) based on his original stage play with Dakota Johnson and BAFTA and Golden Globe-nominated actor Tahar Rahim starring and Alejandro Iñárritu producing; espionage thriller Bodyguard of Lies with Oscar Isaac attached to star and produce; and reincarnation drama The Forgetting Time at New Line Cinema.

Bluestone’s television projects include The Great Zucchini with John Krasinski (Jack Ryan) attached to star and direct for Amazon Studios; Kennedy and Nixon based on the book by Chris Matthews with teleplay by Bruce McKenna (The Pacific, Band of Brothers) and Entering Hades based on the true story of serial killer Jack Unterweger; Rivers, a dystopian thriller with director David Ayer (Fury, Suicide Squad); and 1408, a television series based on Steven King’s novella and the 2007 hit film with Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Transformers, G.I. Joe) and Stephen King producing.

RICHARD SAPERSTEIN

Richard Saperstein is a veteran producer and former studio executive who ran the production activities for three of the most successful independent film studios of the past quarter century. His films have grossed over $4 billion.

As Senior Executive Vice President of Worldwide Production at New Line Cinema beginning in 1993, Saperstein was instrumental in building the independent company into a mini-major studio. Under his supervision, the studio launched popular franchises such as Dumb and Dumber, Rush Hour, Blade, Austin Powers, and Lord of the Rings. He also released critically acclaimed films including Boogie Nights, Don Juan DeMarco, Wag the Dog, and American History X. In addition to his managerial and oversight responsibilities within the production division, Saperstein served as an executive producer on several New Line films including Se7en, John Q, and Frequency. In 2003, Saperstein became President of Production of Artisan Pictures, where he oversaw production of Marvel’s The Punisher among other projects. After leaving Dimension, Saperstein produced several independent films including Devil’s Knot, based on the true story of the West Memphis Three, starring Academy Award-winners Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth and directed by Atom Egoyan.

Saperstein’s Bluestone Entertainment currently has numerous high-profile feature film projects in development including: World War II action-drama The War Magician at StudioCanal with Benedict Cumberbatch attached to star and produce and Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World) directing; romantic drama Still Life by Alexander Dinelaris (Birdman, The Revenant) based on his original stage play with Dakota Johnson and BAFTA and Golden Globe-nominated actor Tahar Rahim starring and Alejandro Iñárritu producing; espionage thriller Bodyguard of Lies with Oscar Isaac attached to star and produce; and reincarnation drama The Forgetting Time at New Line Cinema.

Bluestone’s television projects include The Great Zucchini with John Krasinski (Jack Ryan) attached to star and direct for Amazon Studios; Kennedy and Nixon based on the book by Chris Matthews with teleplay by Bruce McKenna (The Pacific, Band of Brothers) and Entering Hades based on the true story of serial killer Jack Unterweger; Rivers, a dystopian thriller with director David Ayer (Fury, Suicide Squad); and 1408, a television series based on Steven King’s novella and the 2007 hit film with Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Transformers, G.I. Joe) and Stephen King producing.

CARLTON WALSTAD

With an entrepreneurial drive, Carlton specializes in the sourcing, evaluation, and negotiation of acquisitions of real estate in various asset classes. By deploying his firsthand experience of institutional due diligence knowledge and a conservative investment strategy into high quality assets, Carlton produces strong returns on investments. Identifying unique property level characteristics lays the foundation for superior projects that have exceptional development and investment opportunities. Carlton continues to manage certain attributes of project planning, site development, budgeting, marketing, and disposition of assets.

Over the last 10 years Carlton has personally acquired and managed 20,000 plus acres for himself and individual investors in partnership-based assets. Within his combined 20 years of experience in real estate assets, Carlton helped in the acquisition, management, and disposition of over $1.8 billion in institutional grade real-estate investments for Pension Funds, School Endowments, Family Offices, Trusts, and High Net Individuals.

Carlton graduated from the University of Georgia in 2003 with degrees in Consumer Economics and Housing. Carlton was president of the UGA – Home Builders Association and obtained his real-estate license as a sophomore in college, focusing on new construction in Athens. After college, he worked for a large timberland company based in Atlanta for 10 years before starting his own firm, Greencone Investments, LLC. He has since set up numerous individual partnerships with a broad-brush approach to the investment strategy but recently focused on industrial use asset classes.

CARLTON WALSTAD

With an entrepreneurial drive, Carlton specializes in the sourcing, evaluation, and negotiation of acquisitions of real estate in various asset classes. By deploying his firsthand experience of institutional due diligence knowledge and a conservative investment strategy into high quality assets, Carlton produces strong returns on investments. Identifying unique property level characteristics lays the foundation for superior projects that have exceptional development and investment opportunities. Carlton continues to manage certain attributes of project planning, site development, budgeting, marketing, and disposition of assets.

Over the last 10 years Carlton has personally acquired and managed 20,000 plus acres for himself and individual investors in partnership-based assets. Within his combined 20 years of experience in real estate assets, Carlton helped in the acquisition, management, and disposition of over $1.8 billion in institutional grade real-estate investments for Pension Funds, School Endowments, Family Offices, Trusts, and High Net Individuals.

Carlton graduated from the University of Georgia in 2003 with degrees in Consumer Economics and Housing. Carlton was president of the UGA – Home Builders Association and obtained his real-estate license as a sophomore in college, focusing on new construction in Athens. After college, he worked for a large timberland company based in Atlanta for 10 years before starting his own firm, Greencone Investments, LLC. He has since set up numerous individual partnerships with a broad-brush approach to the investment strategy but recently focused on industrial use asset classes.

JOEL KATZ

Joel is an energetic and influential contributor, who has played a profound role in shaping the entertainment industry through his work in facilitating entertainment- related corporate acquisitions and mergers and consulting multi-national and multi-media entertainment companies. Joel has been ranked Billboard magazine’s number-one entertainment attorney in its ‘Power 100’ list of most powerful executives in the music business and has been called “the dealmaker who thinks outside the box.”

Joel is an active participant at industry events, having served as a speaker or panelist at The Recording Academy’s “Grammy in the Schools” program, the Atlanta Downtown Partnership’s “Music Industry Symposium,” as well as various lectures and panels for the Entertainment and Sports Industry Forum of the ABA and the Entertainment and Sports Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia. Joel has also authored and co-authored many articles and commentary on various topics concerning entertainment law.

In honor of his work, the University of Tennessee College of Law dedicated its library in his name, the Joel A. Katz Law Library, and a portion of the Northside Parkway in Atlanta is known as Joel Katz Parkway, due to his many contributions to the state of Georgia. Outside of his professional endeavors, Joel has spearheaded philanthropic endeavors in education and in cancer research. At the University of Georgia campus at Kennesaw State University, Joel has endowed and begun a commercial music program – one of the largest music education programs in America with over 500 students.

JOEL KATZ

Joel is an energetic and influential contributor, who has played a profound role in shaping the entertainment industry through his work in facilitating entertainment- related corporate acquisitions and mergers and consulting multi-national and multi-media entertainment companies. Joel has been ranked Billboard magazine’s number-one entertainment attorney in its ‘Power 100’ list of most powerful executives in the music business and has been called “the dealmaker who thinks outside the box.”

Joel is an active participant at industry events, having served as a speaker or panelist at The Recording Academy’s “Grammy in the Schools” program, the Atlanta Downtown Partnership’s “Music Industry Symposium,” as well as various lectures and panels for the Entertainment and Sports Industry Forum of the ABA and the Entertainment and Sports Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia. Joel has also authored and co-authored many articles and commentary on various topics concerning entertainment law.

In honor of his work, the University of Tennessee College of Law dedicated its library in his name, the Joel A. Katz Law Library, and a portion of the Northside Parkway in Atlanta is known as Joel Katz Parkway, due to his many contributions to the state of Georgia. Outside of his professional endeavors, Joel has spearheaded philanthropic endeavors in education and in cancer research. At the University of Georgia campus at Kennesaw State University, Joel has endowed and begun a commercial music program – one of the largest music education programs in America with over 500 students.

PAUL ECKSTEIN

Paul Eckstein has been writing, producing, and acting for over 40 years. He grew up in Brooklyn then graduated from Brown University with degrees in International Relations and Creative Writing. He went on to immerse himself in New York City Theatre where he was a founding member of the Naked Angels Theatre Co., acted on Broadway, Shakespeare in the Park, and Minneapolis’ Guthrie Theatre.

He spent a decade cutting his chops originating, collaborating, writing, directing, and developing dozens of plays, films, and TV shows. Paul completed production of season two of the acclaimed hit Godfather of Harlem (2019) which he co-created, starring Forest Whitaker and Giancarlo Esposito on EPIX. Prior to that, Paul led the writers’ room on the first year of the Netflix hit drama Narcos (2015). Paul also wrote and produced the Disney/ABC biblical epic Of Kings and Prophets (2016) on location in South Africa. His other writing credits include: Street Time (2002) (Showtime), Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001) (NBC), The Dead Zone (2002) (USA). As a movie producer, Paul co-produced the MGM/UA film Hoodlum (1997) starring Laurence Fishburne and Andy Garcia.

These are some of the long list of projects Paul has worked on over the years that emphasize history, high stakes, excellence in execution with a focus on stories and culture from people of color.

PAUL ECKSTEIN

Paul Eckstein has been writing, producing, and acting for over 40 years. He grew up in Brooklyn then graduated from Brown University with degrees in International Relations and Creative Writing. He went on to immerse himself in New York City Theatre where he was a founding member of the Naked Angels Theatre Co., acted on Broadway, Shakespeare in the Park, and Minneapolis’ Guthrie Theatre.

He spent a decade cutting his chops originating, collaborating, writing, directing, and developing dozens of plays, films, and TV shows. Paul completed production of season two of the acclaimed hit Godfather of Harlem (2019) which he co-created, starring Forest Whitaker and Giancarlo Esposito on EPIX. Prior to that, Paul led the writers’ room on the first year of the Netflix hit drama Narcos (2015). Paul also wrote and produced the Disney/ABC biblical epic Of Kings and Prophets (2016) on location in South Africa. His other writing credits include: Street Time (2002) (Showtime), Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001) (NBC), The Dead Zone (2002) (USA). As a movie producer, Paul co-produced the MGM/UA film Hoodlum (1997) starring Laurence Fishburne and Andy Garcia.

These are some of the long list of projects Paul has worked on over the years that emphasize history, high stakes, excellence in execution with a focus on stories and culture from people of color.

CHRIS PANOS

Christopher Panos is a serial entrepreneur and leader in finance and technology who has founded and operated several companies. Prior to the current role at Blackhall Americana as Chief Platform Development Officer, Panos has served as:

Member of the Chicago Board of Trade, where he founded a trading firm which developed proprietary option and futures trading strategies, served the New Products Committee, and facilitated the transition from floor trading to online trading technology; CEO of Fundamental Investment Advisors, a top-decile performing quantitative hedge fund with CalPERS as lead investor (as CEO and portfolio manager, Panos was responsible for the development and management of 20,000 lines of code behind the portfolio formation process); Advisor to Wild Hair Media, where he assisted the first-mover on Facebook social media monetization by applying quantitative portfolio approach to an A+ list of influencers and developing audience targeting strategies with Python code for higher efficiency management of influencer accounts on Facebook including the Kardashians, George Lopez, Snoop Dogg, Jennifer Lopez, George Takei, etc. (Wild Hair drove 550 million impressions during this 12-month period); Partner in an OTT startup that created new codec/call quality protocol for voice calls over internet for enterprise mobile devices.

Panos also episodically helped to manage the Hello Nasty Tour for the Beastie Boys and the Tibetan Freedom Concerts where he and the team created live broadcasting of the largest North American festival concerts in India and Nepal over the internet, which had not been done before. He is currently the Board Chair of Zen Caregiving Project and Zen Peacemakers International. Panos received his MBA from the University of Chicago, and his BA from Indiana University.

CHRIS PANOS

Christopher Panos is a serial entrepreneur and leader in finance and technology who has founded and operated several companies. Prior to the current role at Blackhall Americana as Chief Platform Development Officer, Panos has served as:

Member of the Chicago Board of Trade, where he founded a trading firm which developed proprietary option and futures trading strategies, served the New Products Committee, and facilitated the transition from floor trading to online trading technology; CEO of Fundamental Investment Advisors, a top-decile performing quantitative hedge fund with CalPERS as lead investor (as CEO and portfolio manager, Panos was responsible for the development and management of 20,000 lines of code behind the portfolio formation process); Advisor to Wild Hair Media, where he assisted the first-mover on Facebook social media monetization by applying quantitative portfolio approach to an A+ list of influencers and developing audience targeting strategies with Python code for higher efficiency management of influencer accounts on Facebook including the Kardashians, George Lopez, Snoop Dogg, Jennifer Lopez, George Takei, etc. (Wild Hair drove 550 million impressions during this 12-month period); Partner in an OTT startup that created new codec/call quality protocol for voice calls over internet for enterprise mobile devices.

Panos also episodically helped to manage the Hello Nasty Tour for the Beastie Boys and the Tibetan Freedom Concerts where he and the team created live broadcasting of the largest North American festival concerts in India and Nepal over the internet, which had not been done before. He is currently the Board Chair of Zen Caregiving Project and Zen Peacemakers International. Panos received his MBA from the University of Chicago, and his BA from Indiana University.

SARAH SMITH

Sarah Smith started her career at ABC News affiliate WPVI-TV in Philadelphia. She came to Atlanta and CNN’s Documentary division, moving into PR for the Turner Entertainment Group. Smith oversaw local, national and international communications for Castle Rock Entertainment, New Line Cinema and Turner Studios.

Upon her hiring at Emory University in 1998, Smith inaugurated a speakers’ bureau for The Goizueta Business School, developing high profile programming, hosting luminaries like President Jimmy Carter, The Dalai Lama, and Warren Buffett. Smith developed the MBA Media Track & Special Projects Program where she ran operations for direct-to-implement projects with the US Senate Finance Committee, the United States Olympic Committee, The New York State Olympic Committee,YankeeNets LLC., as well as designing the marketing launch for the YES Network. Smith also implemented the nation’s first broadcasting studio within an international business school, establishing liaisons with ABC News, CNN, CBS Nightly News, the CBC, MSNBC and The BBC, marketing faculty and university guests to world-wide audiences.

Additionally, Smith formed strategic global partnerships with the BBC, Skye Media, The NFL, The Estee Lauder Companies, USA Television, Sony Television, The New York Yankees, The Atlanta Braves, The Houston Astros, The USOC and Manchester United. 

A longtime Governor on the Board of the Southeastern Emmy Academy, in 2004 she became Vice President of The National Emmy Foundation in Manhattan, initiating funding for The National Student Emmy Awards. She produced the Academy’s first Latin Emmy Awards and served as Producer on The National Sports Emmy Awards.

Known for networking skills, Smith says, “people work with people, so why not approach business issues the same way?” She founded Solution Road, Inc., a multimedia marketing company, and was recently appointed Director of Operations and Chief of Staff for The Blackhall Group, parent company to Blackhall Americana.

SARAH SMITH

Sarah Smith started her career at ABC News affiliate WPVI-TV in Philadelphia. She came to Atlanta and CNN’s Documentary division, moving into PR for the Turner Entertainment Group. Smith oversaw local, national and international communications for Castle Rock Entertainment, New Line Cinema and Turner Studios.

Upon her hiring at Emory University in 1998, Smith inaugurated a speakers’ bureau for The Goizueta Business School, developing high profile programming, hosting luminaries like President Jimmy Carter, The Dalai Lama, and Warren Buffett. Smith developed the MBA Media Track & Special Projects Program where she ran operations for direct-to-implement projects with the US Senate Finance Committee, the United States Olympic Committee, The New York State Olympic Committee,YankeeNets LLC., as well as designing the marketing launch for the YES Network. Smith also implemented the nation’s first broadcasting studio within an international business school, establishing liaisons with ABC News, CNN, CBS Nightly News, the CBC, MSNBC and The BBC, marketing faculty and university guests to world-wide audiences.

Additionally, Smith formed strategic global partnerships with the BBC, Skye Media, The NFL, The Estee Lauder Companies, USA Television, Sony Television, The New York Yankees, The Atlanta Braves, The Houston Astros, The USOC and Manchester United. 

A longtime Governor on the Board of the Southeastern Emmy Academy, in 2004 she became Vice President of The National Emmy Foundation in Manhattan, initiating funding for The National Student Emmy Awards. She produced the Academy’s first Latin Emmy Awards and served as Producer on The National Sports Emmy Awards.

Known for networking skills, Smith says, “people work with people, so why not approach business issues the same way?” She founded Solution Road, Inc., a multimedia marketing company, and was recently appointed Director of Operations and Chief of Staff for The Blackhall Group, parent company to Blackhall Americana.