R. Adam Smith

R. Adam Smith is a strategic advisor, expert in investment banking, alternative investing, governance, deal-maker, financier to global private companies, speaker and philanthropist.

R. Adam is the sole founder (2023) of the audiocast series on LinkedIn, the Family Business Audiocast.

R. Adam is a managing director at Salomon Brothers, one of the world’s most respected Wall Street firms. R. Adam is head of global mergers and acquisitions for the firm and manages the firm’s corporate brand.

R. Adam earned an MBA in 1998 with high honors from the Graduate School of Business at Columbia University, and a BA, cum laude, in International Relations and Economics from Boston University.

R. Adam is a leading expert in private company finance and strategy, having served as an investor, advisor, and/or financier to over fifty venture and private equity-backed companies since the mid-1990s. His earlier career was built on Wall Street, starting in 1993, holding positions at top firms including J.P. Morgan, and Lehman Brothers Inc. In 2002, founded Circle Peak Capital LLC, a private investment merchant banking partnership, one of the most active independent sponsor private equity investors of the decade. R. Adam has been an external advisor to Bain & Company, the world’s most respected global consultancy firm.  R. Adam is the sole founder of Wisdom Board Inc, founded 2020, a pioneering strategic advisory firm.

R. Adam is an active patron, innovator, and philanthropist, including his roles as Founder of Caring Capitalism, Co-Founder of Leukemia Fighters at Weill Cornell College, board member of the Musicians Treatment Foundation; previously, a founding board member of National Sawdust in Brooklyn, advisor to the leading global museum of innovation in craft, art, and design, the Museum of Arts and Design, a special advisor to global peace resolution leader, the Tanenbaum Center, a board trustee of VentureCapital(org), and a founding member of the Dean’s Advisory Board of the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies of Boston University.