Ashley Smith, son of Chairman Rodney Smith, began his full-time career with the Company 33 years ago in the Sales and Marketing Department. He ran the licensing division, EASI-SET Worldwide, from 1988-1991. Transferring back to Smith-Midland as Vice President of Sales, he rose to become President and COO in 2008. He has been involved with management and oversight of all Company divisions throughout his tenure at Smith-Midland Corporation and has been a Board Director since 1994. He has been active in the National Precast Concrete Association (NPCA) and currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of the NPCA.
Ashley Smith stated, “For more than 30 years, I’ve worked alongside some of the smartest minds in our industry and visited over 400 precast concrete plants in the U.S., Canada, and overseas. This experience has prepared me for the role that I am taking on today.
“Smith-Midland has a 58 year track record of innovation and excellence in the market, and I look forward to continuing and building upon that success. I’m eager to work with our internal team, board of directors, and stakeholders to thrive and grow through the next 50 years.”
The succession plan is several years in the making. In December 2017, the Board of Directors voted for Ashley Smith to succeed Rodney Smith in the CEO role in September of 2018. The date was moved up to May 24, 2018, so that Rodney Smith can concentrate on assisting with new product development and a personal health issue.
Smith-Midland develops, manufactures, licenses, rents, and sells a broad array of precast concrete products for use primarily in the construction, transportation and utilities industries.