September 15, 2015: Mr. Bruce Smith
President and CEO, Safety Vision, LLC
Bruce Smith is the founder, President and CEO of Safety Vision, LLC and investor shareholder in ten additional companies with an enterprise value of over $250 million annually. As a 52 year Houstonian, Smith has developed multiple Houston based companies into national and international leaders in their respective industries.
Smith was born in Santa Monica, CA and moved to Houston at age eight. He graduated from Stratford High School in 1981. He attended Texas State University, majoring in Finance. While at the University, he was President of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity and held several offices in the Inter Fraternity Council, Young Entrepreneurs Chapter, Texas State Judicial Board and was Campus Representative for Miller Beer. While in college, Smith started his first business, El Dorado Restaurant and Bar which he operated until he graduated. He is also currently a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO).
After college, Smith worked at Motorola, where he rose to the position of National Accounts Manager. In 1993, he created a mobile video surveillance company called Safety Vision. In just twenty two years, Safety Vision has grown to over 120 employees with locations in Bakersfield, San Diego, Portland, Chicago, Canada, Kansas City, Austin, Dallas, and Houston Texas with revenues in excess of $70 million dollars per year to over 45 countries worldwide. By 2017, Safety Vision will realize its long-term goal of being a $100+ million dollar company and approaching one billion in total sales since inception.
Smith is the sole shareholder of Safety Vision and oversees and directly works with all departments and management teams. His primary role as CEO is to grow his businesses both organically and through acquisition, while at the same time, keeping his employees motivated and challenged.
Smith is married to Kelly, his high school sweetheart, and they have two children, daughter Taylor 17 and son Brandon 13. Smith serves as a board member of the McCoy College of Business Advisory Council at Texas State University, Texan Bank, Prepare 4 Life, former board member of the “Bad Pants Open”, and St. Francis School Long Term Planning, where both children attend school. The Smith family are also members of the Houstonian.