By Afton Spriggs
This month’s installment of our “Instant Message” series is presented in video format. I had the pleasure of sitting down with IMARK Group president and CEO Bob Smith and he discussed his views on leadership, how he learns from his passion for history and where he sees the industry going in the coming years. Bob also shares a funny story about the strangest job interview he’s ever been a part of. Watch the video below to hear the answers and insight straight from Bob himself.
Bio: Bob Smith is the president and CEO of IMARK Group—a position
he has held since 2007. In his time with IMARK Group, Smith has led the company
to tremendous growth, even through the recent economic recession. He has more
than 20 years of experience in sales and marketing in diversified industries
including time spent with Pass & Seymour & Wiremold/Legrand and work in
the pipe valves and fitting, medical and electrical industries in both
manufacturing and distribution.
Smith has received various industry honors. He served on the
NAED board of directors from 2005-2007 and was the first manufacturer in the
history of the organization to be named to the board. NAED also honored Smith
with the Award of Merit in 2004 and he served as member and chairman of NAED’s
Manufacturers Committee. Smith has also serves on the board of directors for
Elite Distributors Insurance Corporation (EDIC) and on NEMRA’s manufacturers
group and board of directors. In 2003, NEMRA awarded Smith with the
Manufacturer of the Year “Thomas F. Preston Award.”
Smith has been married for 32 years and has two children his
son Colin, 23, and his daughter Kyle, 20.