President & CEO
Michael Smith is the President and CEO of Charlotte Center City Partners, an organization which envisions and implements strategies and actions to drive the economic, social and cultural development of Charlotte’s Center City. Smith’s background blends corporate and non-profit experience.
Smith holds his MBA from Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and his undergraduate degree from UNC Chapel Hill. He has held corporate roles at AT&T Communications, First Union’s Capital Markets Group and By-Products Interactive. Prior to his role as President of CCCP, Smith was the Chief Financial Officer at the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce.
Since 2005, Smith has been the driving force behind a number of city-changing initiatives, creating and helping shape initiatives that have changed the landscape for the Charlotte in sustainability, economic development, urban neighborhoods, transit and hospitality. Over the last couple decades, Charlotte’s urban core has been transformed into a major destination, a thriving neighborhood, and expanded as Charlotte’s major employment center. Today, Center City sees 18-million visitors a year, has more than 27,000 residents and 113,500 employees.
Smith serves as immediate past Chairman of the Board of Directors for the International Downtown Association. He also serves on a number of regional Boards including Boy Scouts of America Mecklenburg Council, Belk College of Business at UNC Charlotte, the Hospitality and Tourism Alliance, and the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce. He is very active with the St. Peter’s Catholic Parish.
Originally from Greensboro, North Carolina, he has resided in Charlotte since 1998 with his wife, Kathleen, and their 3 children.