Executive Team

Our executive team has significant relationships in the asset management business that enable us to go beyond the boundaries of traditional association management. We also provide the executive leadership necessary to chart strategic vision and manage critical industry relationships with other third-parties. In that capacity our executive team serves alongside many of the leaders of the industry, influencing the decisions that impact innovation, technology and best practices.

Brian SmithBrian M. Smith, Founder & President
Brian M. Smith is the founder and President of Smith Group Inc. and has over 20 years of experience in the mutual fund industry ranging from serving as a Vice President of Marketing, to Executive Director of the MFEA and other trade groups. In 2010 he was named one of the 100 most influential executives in the industry.


Michelle SmithMichelle A. Smith, Co-Founder & Executive Vice President
Michelle A. Smith has served over 25 years in the fund industry as a Vice President of Marketing, Executive Director and consultant. She served as the Chair of the Investment Company Institute’s Marketing Committee and has been quoted and featured in numerous financial publication and cable network broadcasts.


Kimber LintzKimber Lintz, Vice President & Head of Client Services
Kimber has worked for more than 30 years in the investment management and marketing industries. With Fleishman-Hillard and George K. Baum, Lintz has extensive experience in client relations, strategic planning and digital marketing. She is identified as a leading technology and innovation resource in the financial services industry and also serves as the Director of the MFEA.


Michael HedstromMichael Hedstrom, Vice President
Michael is a senior marketing and business development leader with 25 years of experience in the financial services/asset management industry. He has significant investment background in the areas of marketing, communications, products and relationship management, with prior firms including Scout Investments, Ameriprise Financial, H&R Block Financial Advisors and ING. Michael serves as the Director of CEFA (Closed-End Fund Association), as well as Council Director for the MFEA Marketing and Distribution Councils.

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