R. Adam Smith
R. Adam Smith is a private investor and serial entrepreneur having formed, co-founded, or started several private investment and operating partnerships since 1995, and as a former staff or executive member with established Wall Street and private investment firms, including Lehman Brothers, Caxton-Iseman Capital and Castle Harlan, Inc.
Mr. Smith has been involved in and/or led various private control or minority investments in the U.S. collectively representing approximately $1.5 billion in sales, $200 million in EBITDA, and $400 million in equity commitments, primarily involving leading consumer, online, luxury, and retail brands, involving partnerships in some with leading private investment and venture firms Carlyle Group, Golden Gate Capital, Quilvest USA, Bain Capital, DLJ Merchant Banking (Credit Suisse), Goode Partners, and Magnetar Capital. Mr. Smith began his career in investment banking at Salomon Brothers Inc.
Mr. Smith earned an MBA with honors from the Graduate School of Business at Columbia University and a BA cum laude in International Relations and Economics from Boston University. Mr. Smith is an active alumnus of Columbia Business School, a founding board member of the School’s Private Equity Advisory Board, and a founder of the School’s Investment Management Conference in 1997.
In addition to his role as Managing Partner of Design Holdings Co LLC, and acting CEO of its affiliate, VandM.com, Mr. Smith is an advisor and/or board member to several private businesses and partnerships, including Rocket Dog Holdings LLC, Fischbein LLC, Luxury Optical Holdings LLC, Shari’s Management Corp., Hill & Valley Inc., and Stride Capital LLC.
Mr. Smith is a co-founder of Leukemia Fighters, a leading leukemia non-profit associated with the Weill Medical College of Cornell University and New York Presbyterian Hospital of New York City, and is Chairman, Inaugural Piece for Peace Concert of the Tanenbaum Center in New York City. Mr. Smith is married with two children and lives in New York City, and is an avid investor and collector.