Mr. R. C. Smith
Instructor of Business
Mr. R.C. Smith earned a BS in Accounting from Kansas University in 1983 and a Masters in Management from the J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University in 1992.
Upon graduation from KU, Mr. Smith accepted a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. After Flight School, he spent four and one-half years as a Bombardier/Navigator flying the A-6E Intruder, including two Mediterranean cruises (and over 300 arrested landings) flying off the USS John F. Kennedy.
Upon completion of the second cruise, Mr. Smith was assigned as the Marine Officer Instructor (MOI) at the Naval Reserve Officers Training (NROTC) Unit at Northwestern University.As MOI, then-Captain Smith taught Military History and Leadership courses at the University, as well as serving as the Unit’s Operations Officer and later Executive Officer.In addition to these on-campus roles, Captain Smith also served one summer as a Platoon Commander at USMC Officer Candidate School in Quantico, Virginia.
After graduation from Kellogg, Mr. Smith resigned his commission in the Marine Corps in 1992 in order to accept a position in the Mergers & Acquisition Group in Credit Suisse First Boston’s Investment Banking division in New York City.After learning the business with CSFB, Mr. Smith ascended quickly through the industry before retiring as Head of Mergers and Acquisitions for SunTrust Banks, the ninth largest commercial bank in the US.During his time in the business, Mr. Smith worked on a variety of transactions, including defense advisories, buy- and sell-side advisories, hostile cross-border transactions and IPO’s, with deal size ranging from tens of millions to billions of dollars.
In 2001, Smith retired and returned to Oden, Arkansas, where he bought the family farm, which he immediately began revitalizing.He sold most of the crossbred cow herd and began building a internationally recognized herd of registered brangus through utilization of artificial insemination and embryo transfer.In the ensuing years Mr. Smith has bred the breed’s International Champion and Show Heifer of the Year, as well as two different bulls who have ranked very highly in the world.
Smith also owns and operates RC Smith Advisors, a boutique advisory shop which focuses on providing Wall Street execution capabilities to middle market M&A deals.