Stephanie E. Smith
Stephanie excels in developing innovative solutions to enhance efficiency and streamline processes at various business levels. As a passionate change agent, she creates systems and ignites transformative shifts to strengthen the firm’s capacity and drive change. Known for her enthusiasm, creativity, and organizational skills, Stephanie serves as a bridge connecting people, resources, ideas, and communities, fostering valuable connections.
Stephanie collaborates with firm management to develop and coordinate strategic marketing and growth initiatives. She achieves this by mentoring staff, communicating and promoting the firm’s image, cultivating relationships with business partners and community organizations, and actively engaging with the community to inspire and connect associates through networking, volunteerism, philanthropy, board participation, and leadership opportunities.
With over 25 years of marketing and office management experience, Stephanie’s previous roles include being the Marketing and Business Development Manager at a regional accounting firm, where she oversaw marketing, staff development, and business development for a team of 120 employees. Before that, she successfully managed marketing and administrative functions for a national retailer’s corporate office and 13 branch locations, contributing to corporate growth and expansion efforts.
In addition to her current role, Stephanie is a Gallup® Certified Strengths Coach, guiding individuals to achieve their full potential by leveraging their innate talents. Collaborating with both internal and external professionals, she empowers people to accomplish their priorities, overcome challenges, enhance partnerships, enable managers to drive higher performance, and live their best lives at work and beyond through the application of their CliftonStrengths.
Stephanie frequently presents on marketing, professional development and strengths-based development for CPAs, college students, community organizations and global accounting associations. She also serves as a mentor, coach and passionate champion for women who aspire to advance in their careers. She serves on the board of ACCESS, Inc. and is a member of the Strategic Communications Committee for the Association for Accounting Marketing. Stephanie is a member, advocate and frequent patron of The Nightlight Cinema in Akron and has held leadership roles in multiple Chambers of Commerce while volunteering for various community organizations.
Stephanie joined BMF in 2014.
Professional and Civic Memberships and Activities
- ACCESS, Inc., board member, resident advocacy committee
- Summit Artspace, past board member, Arts Alive co-chair, fund development committee
- Association of Accounting Marketing, strategic communications committee
- Allinial Global, past chair, business development and marketing community
- Cuyahoga Falls Chamber, past board and executive committee member
- Greater Akron Chamber, member, past ambassador
- Community Leadership Institute, 2017 Class 4 graduate; former alumnae co-chair
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