Victor Smith, Former Indiana Secretary of Commerce and Business Executive, Joins Indianapolis-based Public Affairs and Law Firms
Leaders of the public affairs firm of Bose Public Affairs Group LLC and the law firm of Bose McKinney & Evans LLP are pleased to announce that Victor Smith, former secretary of commerce for the state of Indiana, will begin new leadership positions at the firms today.
Smith will serve Bose Public Affairs Group as a principal, focused on assisting businesses to grow in the US by providing strategic business services as well as federal, state and local governmental affairs services. At Bose McKinney & Evans, he will serve as a partner in the firm’s Business and Governmental Services Groups.
“As secretary of commerce, Victor amassed an unrivaled portfolio of economic development achievements for Indiana – benefiting Hoosiers in his home state and citizens throughout our country,” said Bose Public Affairs Group Managing Principal Doug Brown. “We look forward to him bringing his incredible skill-set to our firms, and to our clients as he helps them attain even greater levels of success.”
While Governor, Vice President Mike Pence appointed Smith as Indiana’s secretary of commerce in January 2013. Smith was a member of Governor Pence’s cabinet and led Indiana’s domestic and international economic development strategy. Under Smith’s tenure, 1,096 economic development transactions were negotiated with companies, resulting in investments totaling $15.49 billion and the creation of 93,612 new Indiana jobs coming to the state.
“Victor’s reputation as an extremely successful businessman and attorney extends well beyond the borders of Indiana,” said Bose McKinney & Evans Managing Partner Jeffrey Gaither. “We are proud that Victor decided to extend his career with us at Bose.”
Prior to serving as Secretary of Commerce, Smith dedicated 17 years to operations, sales and executive leadership positions. He was chief executive officer of CDS Engineering, a precision manufacturing company with locations in the US, United Kingdom and Asia. The corporation with approximately 500 employees is focused on semiconductor capital equipment.
“I’m thrilled to be part of the teams at Bose to continue to serve the business communities here and around the country,” said Smith. “The leaders, professionals and attorneys are dedicated to delivering powerful results for an impressive and diverse client base.”
Active in the community, Smith is a board member for Progress House, The Catholic University of America and a trustee of the board at LaLumiere School. He is class co-chair for Colgate University’s President’s Club and serves on the Council of Ambassadors for the American Cancer Society.
Smith is a graduate of Colgate University and earned his law degree from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. A native of Muncie, Ind., Smith resides in Indianapolis with his wife, Kathleen, and their three children.