Smith, Robert C.
Partner, Ohio Market Leader
Education: Ohio Northern University, bachelor’s degree; Duquesne University, master’s degree
How I Motivate Others: Provide them with opportunities to be challenged and deliver outcomes
Most Inspiring Person: My wife, Susan Ferraro Smith
Best Advice: There are only two variables to building trust: time and action steps.
Previous Leadership Positions: Board chair for Jobs Ohio, Ohio Broadcast Media Commission, Ohio Northern University, ideastream, Team NEO, Greater CLE Growth Association, COSE, Port of CLE, Ohio Oil & Gas Commission, Tri-C Board of Visitors and Lake Ridge Academy.
Important Lesson Learned: The difference between approval and buy-in
Most Important Skill: Conflict resolution — have the courage to have the conversation. You can’t fix what you can’t see.
What I’d Tell 16-Year-Old Me: Get involved in helping to shape public policy regardless of your career choice.