Smoke is a highly accomplished CEO, entrepreneur, M&A leader, board member, and philanthropist with leadership across the consumer products, beverage, cannabis, hospitality, health & wellness, distribution, and technology industries. Smoke is a Co-Founder & Director of DignityMoves.Org created to end unsheltered street homelessness in our communities by building Interim Supportive Housing with rapid, cost-effective, scalable solutions.
Smoke serves as Managing Director & Partner at STS Capital, a global boutique investment bank focused on M&A. He serves as Chair of Taliera, a company he founded in 2006 to incubate, celebrate and advise iconic beverage brands. Smoke serves on the boards of publicly traded cannabis firms, Adastra and Vencanna (CSE: XTRX.CN and VENI.CN).
He has led >$1.7 billion in M&A, deals and financings, publicly and privately. He served as Chair/Co-Founder of Vertical Wellness a health & wellness company. Smoke helped build National Wine & Spirits (merged into ~$14B RNDC) into one of the largest distributors of beer, wine, and spirits in the US and served as Chair/Pres. of the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA).
He has been an active leader in YPO Young President Organization and is the Chair for YPO’s Pacific One chapter from 2022-2024. American Freedom Fund, Advisory Board Member and served as Junior Achievement of Indiana, Chairman of the Board and of the foundation. He served for over a decade on Vanderbilt University Business School Board Member and as its President. He regularly contributes to CNBC’s Fast Money, Closing Bell, and Nightly Business Report, Fox Business’s Varney & Co., and CNN and numerous print publications & podcasts.
Smoke earned an MBA at Vanderbilt and a BS in Agricultural Economics at Cornell, wrestled and Sigma Nu. He is an Eagle Scout & father of two Eagle Scout sons and two amazing daughters, all four college graduates. He lives with his singer/songwriter wife Anitra in Ventura, CA.