Mr. Smith is the Managing Partner of Staley Capital Management, which he co-founded in 2008. Staley Capitalís primary focus is providing growth capital for business services companies. In 1990, Mr. Smith joined Thomas H. Lee Partners and was one of the Partners responsible for investing Thomas H. Lee Equity Funds II, III and IV. Some of the investments he was responsible for include Finlay Fine Jewelry, Thermoscan, Rayovac and Eye Care Centers of America. In 1999 he co-founded TH Lee Putnam Ventures, a $1.1 billion growth equity fund.
Mr. Smith has a long history of investing in retail, consumer product companies and marketing services and IT solutions for those markets. He is the Chairman of Parago, Inc. and serves on the Boards of 4R Systems and Aspen Marketing Services.
Mr. Smith is the Chairman of the Board of Advisors for the Center for Private Equity and Entrepreneurship at the Tuck School of Business and is a former Co-Chairman of Tuck's MBA Advisory Board. Mr. Smith is also a member of Wesleyan Universityís Board of Trustees and serves on its endowment portfolio sub-committee.
Mr. Smith obtained his BA from Wesleyan University and received his MBA from the Tuck School of Business.