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Earlier his career, Dr. Douglass Smith served as a manager for non-profit services FERS Business Services, Inc., a Chicago accounting firm serving clients such as the American Library Association and the Uniform Code Council. He has also worked as the director of operations for the American Massage Therapy Association in Evanston, Ill. and as an IT project manager for Fortis, Inc., in Milwaukee, Wis. He has spent several years as an entrepreneur (with Smith Consulting Enterprises and later Savant Technology Partners), engaging clients like the City of Chicago, State of Illinois, and the Federal Government. His more recent professional experiences include serving as a project manager at Propylon, Inc, a Dublin, Ireland based software services firm and before that the first chief information officer for the Kansas Dept. of Agriculture for three years until 2005. Lately, he has returned to his entrepreneurial roots with SMADERS LLC and 1906 Partners LLC. However, over the last several years, Dr. Smith has turned his talents to teaching others. He has taught technology and business courses including project management for several institutions of higher learning.
Dr. Smith completed a Ph.D. in Applied Management and Decision Sciences, with a concentration in Information Systems and Knowledge Management at Walden University. He earned Master’s Degrees in Business Administration and in Project Management from Keller Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor of General Studies in Business Administration, Computer Science and Liberal Arts from the University of Michigan.