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Corporate / Senior Management

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ronald-l-smith-9747a826

Professional Profile:

Senior executive experienced in government relations, operations, and international management including State, Justice and Defense Departments, Foreign Governments, and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO).

Accomplishments:

  • Completed, in less than four months, battalion headquarters  and troop barracks construction projects in Southern Sudan that was more than one year overdue
  • Saved customer $3.3 million on multiple airlifts into El Fasher, Darfur, for AU  troops
  • Directed Emergency operations  natural and manmade disasters supporting the US Army Corps of Engineers, FEMA, OFDA, USAID to include Haiti relief;  Hurricanes Sandy, Irene, and Isaac
  • Logistically supported Africa Union nations in Peacekeeping Operations; Mogadishu Somalia
  • Regularly participated in Liberian Defense Minister’s Capstone Seminar; briefed President, National Security Council, UN Mission In Liberia Commanding General, Liberian Cabinet
  • Identified and redirected $14.3 million ($400 mil budget) to US Atlantic Fleet projects
  • Successful Navy Career including two command tours

Security Clearance:           Top Secret (current, SCI eligible)

Experience:

Frontier Markets Partners VP for African Operations/Partner           August 2013 – Present

  • Frontier Markets Partners (FMP) supports operations in emerging and frontier markets;  reduces the risks often associated with fast-growing, but volatile, markets. Primary duties include operations and project management, capture management, business development  

IAP Worldwide Services, Global Support & Logistics; Cape Canaveral, FL                Director, Global Emergency Services (GES)                                  June 2010 – March 2013

  • Directed Emergency operations for natural and manmade disasters supporting the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), FEMA, OFDA, USAID to include Haiti relief operations, Hurricanes Sandy, Irene and Isaac
  • Executed  relocation of Project Management Office Columbia, SC to Cape Canaveral HQ (December 2012). Transferred two employees and oversaw relocation of  twelve personnel

DTI (Drop Test International), Inc.; Baltimore, MD                     February 2010 – June  2011

Senior Advisor/Consultant on Afghanistan and Sub-Saharan Africa for Intelligence and Counter Insurgency Training; Government Contracting; wrote Vendor Profiles, White Papers, Capability Briefings, and Business Proposals

SOC LLC; Norfolk, Virginia                                                    April 2008 – February 2010

Director, International Projects/Program Manager, Task Force BSO

  • Program Manager (In Country Afghanistan), Office of Secretary of Defense Task Force for Business and Stability Operations; provided security, air operations, life support and secure transportation to US Government and private officials throughout Afghanistan
  • Business Development, marketing, and project management including State Department

DYNCORP INTERNATIONAL LLC; Falls Church, Virginia              July 2006 – April 2008

Director, Contingency Operations/Africa Peacekeeping Program Manager    

  • Managed nine separate programs, $90 million, in sub-Saharan Africa,  in austere environments to include South Sudan and Somalia. Contracts range: operation and maintenance of power generation systems, airfield repair and construction, nation-building and development of democratic systems in third world countries, actively supporting the war on terror
  • Primarily responsible for operations including: logistics support, transportation, material, and personnel for specific-missions to include Africa, Republic of Philippines; War Reserve Material in Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait and Qatar
  • Primary advisor to the Minister, Deputy Minister of Administration, and Assistant Minister of Naval Affairs, prepared policies and directives in logistics, administration, support functions

DRAKA ELEVATOR PRODUCTS; Rocky Mount, North Carolina      June 2000 – July 2002

Distribution Manager

  • Managed all aspects of operations for a 100,000 sq. ft. distribution center and a 46-person staff with a $2.1 million budget, including its design and construction
  • Accurately shipped $5 million worth of product monthly (3,800 orders monthly).
  • Reduced expenses over a 2-year period; increased productivity, and inventory accuracy
  • Introduced radio frequency identification RFID/ bar code scanning; improved inventory control and shipping accuracy by more than 20%

THE FRANCISCAN SCHOOL Raleigh, NC Assistant Principal          July 2005 – July 2006

  • Operations, budget, scheduling, curriculum, hiring, customer relations for 600 K-8 students

CARDINAL GIBBONS HIGH SCHOOL; Raleigh, NC                      August 2002 – June 2005

Dean of Students; History & Theology Teacher; Football Coach

BISHOP MCGUINNESS HIGH SCHOOL; Winston-Salem, NC        March 1997 – June 2001

Lacrosse Coach and Substitute Teacher

CAREER NAVAL OFFICER 1978 - 1999

Commanding Officer

Triad Armed Forces Reserve Center, Greensboro, NC                 May 1996 – September 1999

Director, Log Readiness Center, Commander-in-Chief, Atlantic Fleet  Aug 1993 – April 1996

  • Responsible for the fiscal accountability for 50,000+ Haitian and Cuban refugee populations in Guantanamo Bay.
  • Operated budget of $400 million: construction, logistics, medical/emergency supplies, and physical equipment maintenance.

Education:

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Master of School Administration

University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Master of Arts, Ethics & Policy Studies

Pennsylvania State University, Bachelor of Arts, History

U.S. Naval War College, Command & Staff Course, (off campus program)

U.S. Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk, VA (Joint Logistics Course)

Commissioner, City of Winston-Salem Human Relations Commission

Member, Civilian Military Council of Nellis Air Force Base, NV

Awards:

US Department of Defense Meritorious Service Medal (Awarded by the President)

Certificate of Appreciation for Service in the Armed Forces (signed by President Bill Clinton)

The Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4 Awards)

The Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal

Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition (Congressman Mel Watt, 12 US District NC)

City of Greensboro Certificate of Appreciation (Carolyn S Allen, Mayor of Greensboro, NC) 

Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for Meritorious Achievement (Congressman James H Bilbray, 1 US District NV)

North Carolina,
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