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As a Principal for FMI’s consulting practice, Lee Smither helps engineering and construction companies with strategic planning to improve their corporate performance. He specializes in market strategy and consulting, developing and implementing organization-wide change initiatives and other leadership focused engagements. Additionally, Lee led FMI’s CEO Forum, which hosted the Top 100 leaders from the industry each year in Washington, DC.
Lee has overseen client engagements ranging in scope from a single project to a corporate division to an entire company. He has worked with a broad spectrum of industry firms, including many of the nation’s largest E&C firms, general contractors, specialty constructors and construction managers. Having worked in the utility industry prior to joining FMI, Lee has developed a practical and objective perspective.
He has published articles on a wide variety of topics in numerous construction trade journals such as “Transportation Builder,” “Midwest Contractor,” “Journal of Construction Accounting and Taxation.”
Lee holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from North Carolina State University and an MBA in finance from East Carolina University. He has also served as a board member for several industry associations and client firms.
Board of Governors of the Construction Institute – Served 7 years as a Board member and Treasurer (a subsidiary of the American Society of Civil Engineers)
Board member of $500 million General Contractor in Eastern US – Currently serving for 6 years. Participated in the selection process for the CEO in this family-held business.
Board member of a $1.8 billion Specialty Contractor – Currently serving for 10 years. Chair of the Compensation Committee.
Board member for a $350 million Mechanical Contractor in the Southeastern US – Currently serving for 3 years. This company is family-owned.
Board member for a $30 million General Contractor in Southeastern US – Currently serving in the first year. Helped form the initial Board for this family-owned company.
FMI Board of Directors – Served for 9 years as Treasurer and Chairman of the Finance committee. FMI has 6 internal directors and 3 outside directors.