Greg Smith Leadership Greg Smith Leadership

Connect. Inspire. Succeed.

I first learned about communication-based leadership while studying my grandfather and father’s stewardship of our family business in Youngstown, Ohio. Over the years, I watched them successfully manage a diverse workforce during both good and bad economic times. I am currently Chairman of the Board at Compco; the steel products company my grandfather founded in 1954.

In 1996, I reluctantly attended the Willow Creek Leadership Summit, and it was there I was introduced to John C. Maxwell, who became my friend, mentor and leadership teacher.

This was when I realized my love of leadership… and this passion became my mission. Today, I’m devoted to empowering others to lead with a focus on training tomorrow’s excellent public speakers and presenters.

In 2018, I authored a comprehensive guide for improving public speaking and presentation skills: Speak Like a Pro without Looking Like a Jack@$$.

I earned an MBA in Executive Leadership from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln and have begun doctoral study in Communications at Liberty University. I am a Founding Member of John C. Maxwell Team, and studied Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) with Tony Robbins, Bill Thomason and Jonathan Altfeld. I developed public speaking expertise working alongside John Maxwell, Bo Eason, Roger Love, Jonathan Altfeld and Mary Kincaid. I am also a Gallup Organization Strengths Performance Coach and one of 100 TAI Certified Performance Development Coaches in the world.

Outside of my professional pursuits, I am a director emeritus on the board for the Bruce Lee Foundation and a sixth-degree black belt in Kenpo Martial Arts.

I live in Poland, Ohio with my wife and four children.

Greg at a Glance

  • Author of Speak Like a Pro without Looking Like a Jack@$$
  • B.S. in Business and Marketing from Miami University – Oxford, Ohio
  • MBA in Executive Leadership from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln
  • John C. Maxwell certified speaker, trainer and coach
  • NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) Certifications from both Tony Robbins and Bill Thompson
  • Situation Leadership® II Certification from Ken Blanchard
  • Strengths 34 Performance Coach, 360 and Team Performance Coach certified by the Gallup Organization via Strengths Partnership
  • TAI Certified Performance Development Coach
  • Bo Eason trained Storyteller


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