A Virginia native, Tom Smith went to The College of William and Mary to pursue a degree in finance. While there, he began a career in arts administration and then earned dual graduate degrees. He’s held leadership positions with opera companies in Baltimore; Cincinnati; and Des Moines, Iowa. He relocated to Naples in July 2011 to fill the newly created position of managing director with Opera Naples, and this July he became its executive director and CEO.
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Community: Since moving to Southwest Florida, he has joined the board of directors for Naples Music Club, and he’s participating in the Growing Associates In Naples (GAIN) leadership program through the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce.
Achievements: At age 27, Smith was appointed director of finance at the Cincinnati Opera, and seven years later, was selected to be the first CEO in the 35-year history of Des Moines Metro Opera.
Unique Aspect: Smith celebrates his wide-ranging interests. “I once went to a Metallica concert and a performance of Madama Butterfly on the same weekend, and thoroughly enjoyed them both. Advice to the kids out there: Go to the opera before the rock concert.”
Super Power Wish: “During high season in Naples—teleportation. During off-season—a straight golf swing.”