Meet Professor Michael Smith, New Faculty Member in the Business Department
Professor Michael Smith will be teaching BUS 201: Business Law this Fall 2018 semester.
Mr. Smith is the founder and CEO of E&I Advisors a boutique management consulting firm focused on delivering operating and go-to-market strategy for small and medium sized technology companies that are struggling to meet their revenue goals.
Prior to the founding of E&I Advisors, Michael was a Director of Strategy and Business Planning at American Express based in New York. In this role, Michael worked in the Global Corporate Payments business unit focusing on innovation and target growth development. Michael also lived and worked in Seoul, South Korea as a Global Strategist for the Samsung organization. While at Samsung, Michael advised c-suite members of the company on market entry, competition, and mergers & acquisitions. Michael also spent several years on Wall St as an investor and business developer.
Michael holds an MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business. He also holds a BA in Political Economy from Yale University. Michael lives in Redwood City where he serves as a Planning Commissioner and the Palm Park Neighborhood Co-chair.
Why did you choose to work at Cañada College?
I moved to Redwood City two years ago, and I’ve grown to love and respect the city and the people in it; it’s become my new home. When the opportunity to serve Redwood City and the Bay Are by teaching my unique subject matter appeared, I jumped at the chance.
What are you enjoying most about Cañada College so far?
Cañada is a place that seeks to empower it students. The resources, staff and faculty are fully dedicated to the success of their students. That is a unique value that many other institutions often shrug off.
Who is your hero?
What do you think is the biggest challenge to student success?
This is a really complex question, and if I’m honest I would say there is no magic bullet. But, I believe that with grit students can rise above any circumstance. Grit is the a combination of resilience, conscientiousness, long-term orientation, and courage. Grit has served me well in my life.
What song would you sing at karaoke?
“This is How We Do It” - Montell Jordan.
What is your favorite quote?
“Good is the enemy of great.” – James C Collins