David P. Smith: Executive Search Consultant, North America

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David P. Smith

David P. Smith serves as partner in the Pittsburgh office of DHR International, an executive search firm headquartered in Chicago. Read more >

David P. Smith serves as partner in the Pittsburgh office of DHR International, an executive search firm headquartered in Chicago.

David has been a leader in the field of executive search for over 27 years and serves as DHR's Sector Leader in Economic Development and Planning. Prior to joining DHR, he owned and operated a "boutique" search firm specializing in emerging growth and technology -based industries. He has conducted hundreds of successful search engagements for Fortune 500 corporations, start-ups, and emerging growth firms. His select clientele also includes numerous public sector and non-profit economic development entities: foundations, intermediaries, BIDs, university-related technology transfer, research parks and incubators, CDCs, government planning agencies, MPOs, development corporations, and workforce development initiatives.

David maintains relationships with numerous professional economic development organizations, e.g., International Economic Development Council (IEDC), International Downtown Association (IDA), Urban Land Institute (ULI), National Association of Regional Councils (NARC), American Planning Association (APA), Association of University Research Parks (AURP), National Association of State Venture Funds (NASVF), State Science and Technology Institute (SSTI), Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), and Batelle Technology Partners (Public Technology Management).

Professional presentations include:

  • International Downtown Association's 47th Annual International Conference – "Essentials of Personnel Management;"
  • National Association of Regional Council's 37th Annual Conference – "Understanding Strategic Human Capital Issues;"
  • American Association of School Administrators Annual Conference & Exposition – "Recruiting Women and Minorities;"
  • International Downtown Association's 51st Annual International Conference – "The Swirling Maelstrom - BID Leadership."
  • International Economic Development Council 2007 Annual Conference – "Opportunities Abroad for Economic Developers: Internationalizing Your Career."
  • International Economic Development Council 2008 Leadership Summit – "The Total Leader – Managing the Leadership Gap"
  • International Economic Development Council 2009 Annual Conference – "Staffing EDO's in Challenging Times"

Prior to entering the executive search field, David was a career Army officer where he served in numerous command and staff leadership positions. He is a decorated combat veteran having served two combat tours in the Republic of Vietnam with the 101st Airborne Division and with the United States Army Special Forces "Green Berets."

David studied Liberal Arts at the State University of New York at Brockport and the University of South Carolina. Active in numerous professional and community organizations, David has served on the Board of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Red Cross and the Board of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Heart Association. < Read less



Pittsburgh | North America
November 2015 | Hunt Scanlon Media

DHR Lands CEO for Tampa Bay Partnership

DHR International has recruited Rick Homans as president and chief executive officer of the Tampa Bay Partnership. The search was completed by David Smith, partner – economic development, and Tina Winner, a partner at DHR’s Jobplex. More >

November 2015

DHR Completes Search for President and Chief Executive Officer, Tampa Bay Partnership

Global executive search firm DHR International is pleased to announce the placement of Rick Homans as president and CEO of the Tampa Bay Partnership headquartered in Tampa, Fla. The search was conducted by Dave Smith, DHR Partner, Economic Development; Tina Winner, Jobplex Partner and Laura Faust, Associate. More >

September 2015 | Memphis Daily News

Downtown Memphis Committee Nominates Morris' Successor

The search committee tasked to find a new Downtown Memphis Commission president has selected Memphian Terence Patterson to fill the job. More >

June 2013 | Case Studies

Board Governance: Best practices

Board members gathered as a panel to share some of their insights for successful board governance. The panel, sponsored by the International Downtown Association, addressed best practices in Board leadership, and I had the honor of moderating the conversation. Their leadership insights apply universally to boards of directors. More >