September 20, 2017

Rick Smith

rick smith

With over thirty years’ experience in commercial real estate markets throughout the Southwest, Rick Smith is President & CEO of RDS Enterprises and affiliate Management & Development Advisors.  Together, they represent real estate investment, tech/bio-tech development, public/private partnership formation, all in support of economic development and the diversification of the Southern Nevada economy.

During the late 1990’s, Smith led commercial development and transactional activities as Vice President of American Nevada Corp., developer of the 8400-acre Green Valley master-planned community.  Prior real estate experience includes senior management positions in acquisition and development for Emkay Development Co. in Newport Beach, California, as President of Emkay Financial Services. In the late 1980’s, Smith was Sr. Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for IDM Development, developers of the World Trade Center in Long Beach. Prior to joining American Nevada, Smith was owner and CEO of RDS Associates, an integrated group of commercial real estate companies in Southern California.  

Smith has served as speaker, panelist and commentator in numerous real estate venues and is frequently quoted in local and regional business and real estate publications.  As Keynote Speaker at North Las Vegas State of the City Conference, Smith defined and helped launch the City’s international award-winning “Cheyenne Technology Corridor”, where RDS/Insight developed that City’s first mixed-use business park, the 40-acre Cheyenne West Corporate Center. In years past, Smith served as featured speaker for the Michigan Bar Association’s Real Estate Conference, and his article “Mixed-Use Development” was published in the quarterly Development publication of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP).

Smith’s trade and civic associations are numerous.  He was Founder of the National Mixed-Use Development Forum for NAIOP in Washington, D.C., and former President of the Southern Nevada Chapter of NAIOP. Named by In Business Las Vegas among the “Who’s Who” in Southern Nevada real estate, Smith serves as Chairman of the Executive Advisory Council of the UNLV Lied Institute for Real Estate Studies. He is past Chair of the Henderson Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and serves as a member of its Legislative Committee.  Smith is a graduate of both, the Henderson Chamber’s Leadership Henderson, and the Las Vegas Metro Chamber’s Leadership Las Vegas programs. Smith received his B.A. from the University of Texas, Arlington, and M.B.A. from Pepperdine University.  Additional business, civic and board memberships include:

  • Board of Governors, The Lied Foundation
  • Touro University School of Health Sciences Advisory Board
  • Roseman University Medical School Community Advisory Board
  • U.S. Congressional Awards Council for the State of Nevada
  • Chairman, Executive Council, UNLV Lied Institute for Real Estate Studies, Lee Business School
  • Board member, Las Vegas India Chamber of Commerce
  • President, Board of Directors, Parallel Innovation Labs, Inc., a Nevada 501c-3 corporation
  • Member, RTC Transportation Infrastructure Business Plan Committee
  • Member, Southern Nevada Strong Economic Development Committee
  • Economic development and diversification; multiple committees and initiatives in Southern Nevada.

Rick, his wife Geri, a Marriage and Family Therapist, and daughters Ellie and Amy live in the Green Valley area of Southern Nevada.  They are members of the St. Thomas More Catholic Community, and are active in multiple civic, charitable and philanthropic organizations throughout the Las Vegas Valley.

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