Mike Smith

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Favorite Quote

“Thank God For Your Blessings.”
– Tomi Jenkins

If you have been active in the North American utility IT/automation markets over the last 30+ years, chances are that you have subscribed to a publication, read a research report, or attended an industry event that was developed, launched, or managed by Mike Smith. Mike is a 34-year veteran of the utility ‘smart grid’/IT/automation, analytics, information services and media business and is currently a Principal with the Utility 2030 Collaborative. Mike’s previous experience includes serving as an Industry Principal at SAS; was Vice President, Sales & Marketing at E Source; and he previously held executive roles with Energy Central, including Vice President & Co-Founder of the Utility Analytics Institute and Vice President of Sierra Energy Group, the research and analysis division of Energy Central. Previously he has led initiatives that have been at the forefront of utility technology developments, including founding the industry’s first dedicated publication (known today as Power Grid International) and leading numerous research and forum initiatives.

Key Strengths
Throughout his career Mike has demonstrated an ability to grasp technical market dynamics and create business value from these dynamics. Mike’s key skills include analytical ability, excellent written and verbal skills, developing and nurturing relationships, and seeking and pursuing market opportunities with colleagues, partners, and customers.

Education, Affiliations, Awards, Clubs, etc.
Mike holds a BA, Economics from San Jose State University and an MA, Christin Leadership from William Jessup University. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army (Captain, Infantry) and is an Eagle Scout. Mike has been recognized as a “Top Voice” by Energy Central and a “Top 25 Thought Leader” by the Utility Analytics Institute.

Family/Personal Connection Statement
Mike and his wife, Katie, are workout fanatics and live in Folsom, California. Their two grown daughters both work in education and live in rural Virgina and San Diego. Mike and Katie spend as much time as possible in the High Sierra, and are active in their community in volunteer and leadership roles with Special Olympics, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Folsom’s Hope, and Lakeside Church.