Jason Smith is a Senior Director with Alvarez & Marsal with more than 18 years of experience helping companies through strategic planning, merger integration, organizational transformation, and performance and process improvement.
Mr. Smith's industry experience includes hospitality, investment banking, real estate, retail and technology. He recently performed pre-deal diligence to identify financial and operational integration benefits for labor cost and general and administrative expenses. He has helped pre-IPO and listed companies to design and implement internal controls over financial reporting per the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. Mr. Smith has also valued and identified value-maximizing strategies for over $1 billion in diversified global real estate assets. His most impactful personal and professional accomplishment was leading disaster recovery contractors to renovate and open more than 30 New Orleans public schools damaged by Hurricane Katrina.
Before A&M, Mr. Smith was an Engagement Manager with Ernst & Young in New York where he served on engagement teams within the firm's Real Estate Advisory Services and Business Risk Services groups. Mr. Smith also spent three years managing the corporate travel program contract process for Starwood Hotels & Resorts worldwide.
Mr. Smith earned a master's degree in management from The Hotel School at Cornell University. He earned a bachelor's degree in finance and strategic management from Suffolk University. He has participated in community development and outreach as a past board member of the Rocky Mountain Multiple Sclerosis Center at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, a recognized leader in MS research and support services, and as a committee member to design a business-oriented curriculum for a Denver public school.
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