David Smith serves as Executive Vice President and is a member of Hackman Capital's Investment Committee. He directly oversees the Company's operations in the Mid-West and Mid-Atlantic regions and leads the company's acquisitions East of the Mississippi.
David joined Hackman Capital in 2002 to oversee the development of the Midlink Business Park in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He led the redevelopment of this 340-acre facility, creating a world-class, mixed-use business park. The project includes two state-of-the-art multi-tenant industrial buildings, totaling 1.6 million square feet, and an 88-acre build-to-suit industrial zone for single- and multi-tenant use. David's leadership at Midlink also secured a Renaissance Zone designation from the state of Michigan to provide tenants with major tax incentives. He continues to oversee the development of the site's surplus land projects which include a 38-acre office campus and 41-acre retail center.
Prior to joining Hackman Capital, David was part of the product and business development team at Crane Products, which was part of Crane Plastics, a $300 million business known nationally for its pioneering work in the field of plastic- and wood-composite extrusions. David came to Crane from Windsports, Inc., a Denver-based sporting goods manufacturer. David sold Windsports, Inc, after developing its global customer base. Before his employment at Windsports, David was part of the business development team at Fitch Inc., one of the world's most renowned product development firms. David established successful relationships for Fitch with leading companies such as Reebok and Sony Corporation. He also initiated a long-term multi-million dollar joint venture between Fitch and what was then GE Plastics.
David graduated from Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado, with a degree in business. He is a board member of Lakeside for Children and Kalamazoo County Drug Treatment Court.