Smith joined the U.S. Travel Association in July 2009, bringing with him more than 15 years of travel industry experience, including leadership positions in destination marketing, hospitality sales, and international sales and marketing.
Before joining U.S. Travel, Smith spent four years with Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants in the position of area director of sales and marketing for Washington, D.C., and Seattle, Washington. In addition to his hospitality background, Smith has six years’ international sales and marketing experience as director of sales and marketing with the Texas Office of Tourism and two years’ experience as Amtrak’s global sales manager.
Over his career, Smith has served on numerous boards and advisory committees, such as U.S. Travel’s IPW Planning Committee, HSMAI-DC Chapter Board of Directors and the Greater Seattle Business Association Board of Directors. In 2014, Smith received the Stanley J. Fisher Award for Travel Professional of the Year by RSAA.
Smith holds a master’s degree in international relations from St. Mary’s University and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Texas Tech University