As Executive Managing Director, Mr. Smith is responsible for the day-to-day investment activities of the Mason Wells Buyout Funds, including the management of new investment activities and the oversight of portfolio development efforts. Mr. Smith continues to be involved in initiating investment opportunities, structuring and negotiating transactions, serving on the Boards of Directors of portfolio companies, working with portfolio company management teams to create shareholder value, and arranging for the disposition of investments. Mr. Smith is a member of the investment committee of each Mason Wells buyout fund, and a member of the Board of Directors of Mason Wells.
Mr. Smith has over 26 years of experience in private equity investing in middle-market buyouts. He joined Marshall & Ilsley's private equity arm in 1991 after spending six years in the investment banking businesses at Robert W. Baird & Co. and Smith Barney, where he was involved in a wide range of middle-market corporate finance and merger and acquisition transactions. Mr. Smith was part of the team that spun-out of Marshall & Ilsley in 1998.
Mr. Smith is a member of the Board of Directors of Aquion, Inc., and Buffalo Games, LLC. He previously served on the Board of Directors of Coating Excellence International, LLC, Converting Inc., Creative Forming, Inc., Dedicated Computing, LLC, General American Corporation, Mullinix Packages, Inc., The Oilgear Company, and Pacon Corporation.
Mr. Smith holds a Master of Management degree from Northwestern University's J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.Print