We love that Frank has a background in both Accounting and driving racecars (he just completed the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving while racing a Corvette C7 Stingray). He is one of those special people who are able to tackle complex challenges while keeping their cool.
Frank's passion is helping leaders identify their goals and creating a plan to help bring those goals to life. He is deeply interested in working with leaders to ensure they are investing their lives well and creating a healthy workplace culture. This desire to help leaders was one of the primary reasons that Frank and Dr. Nathan Mellor (Strata's CEO) became friends and started Strata in 2009. To help leaders realize their goals and shape culture, Frank uses his skills as an executive coach to serve others. In addition to his work with Strata, Frank is also a certified Great Game of Business Coach for companies who want to implement open-book management practices.
Frank earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting from Harding University and passed the CPA exam in 1988. He worked as an auditor for KPMG (1988–1989), as an accountant for Hertz Rent-a-Car (1990–1992), and as Chief Financial Officer for Beam’s Seatbelts (1992–2012). Mr. Smith formed The Ark Group in 2007 to combine diversified business interests under one umbrella company so he could start an Employee Stock Ownership Plan to benefit his team through business ownership.
Frank and his wife Heidi have three children.