Victor Smith is a partner of Bose McKinney & Evans and the chair of the Site Selection and Economic Incentives Group. In addition, Victor is a principal of Bose Public Affairs Group. Victor is focused on assisting businesses grow in the US by providing strategic business services as well as federal, state and local governmental affairs services.
While governor, former Vice President Mike Pence appointed Victor as Indiana’s secretary of commerce in January 2013, a role in which he served during the entire four-year term of then-Governor Pence. Victor was a member of Governor Pence’s cabinet and led Indiana’s domestic and international economic development strategy. Under Victor’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.
Prior to serving as secretary of commerce, Victor spent 17 years dedicated to operations, sales and executive positions in the private sector. 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 was focused on the international semiconductor capital equipment market.
Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law (J.D., 1996)
Colgate University (B.A. in political science, 1990)
Honors / Awards
In 2016, the nation’s Vice President Elect, Indiana Governor Mike Pence, named Victor a Sagamore of the Wabash, the highest state government honor bestowed upon a civilian in Indiana. The award is a personal tribute from the Governor to those who have rendered distinguished service to the State or the Governor.
Appointments / Memberships
Active in the community, Victor is chairman of the board of trustees for The Catholic University of America in Washington D.C., the national university of the Catholic Church, and has served on the board of Boy Scouts of America Crossroads Council and 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. He served as the 2018 Executive Chair of the American Cancer Society’s annual Discovery Ball. In addition to his non-profit board service, Victor is also a board member of several for-profit corporations.