With over 30 years of experience in domestic and international accounting and finance, Russell Smith joined Sphere WMS in 2005 to provide executive-level guidance to the company in the areas of financial reporting, budgeting, financial planning, and overall financial operations. Russell brings a diversified and unique background in accounting and operations gained from startup, rapid growth, and turnaround companies in both the public and private sectors. Upon joining Sphere WMS, he immediately implemented financial reporting controls and procedures for more timely financial reporting.
Prior to Sphere WMS, Russell was Chief Financial Officer for Unified Precious Metals, a $150M direct response marketer and wholesaler of collectible coins doing business as The American Historic Society. Russell was responsible for all financial reporting and accounting systems, operations, MIS, human resources, credit and collections, banking relations, and internal controls. During his tenure, he was instrumental in the rapid growth of the firm from a $35M company to a company doing in excess of $150M in revenues.
Previously, Russell was the Director of Finance for Voice Powered Technology International (VPTI), a $25M consumer electronics company developing low-cost, voice-recognition products. Russell was instrumental in preparing the company for its initial public offering, establishing its international accounting and operations, and implementing state-of-the-art MIS. Prior to VPTI, he held various senior finance and management positions in companies involved in distribution, real estate, printing, software, travel, and manufacturing.
Russell holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Accounting from the University of Florida. He lives in Agoura Hills, CA with his wife, and has a son and a daughter. In his free time, he likes to play sports and spend time with friends and family. In his next life, Russell plans to be an 8th grade history teacher, as it encompasses two loves – the study of history and working with children.