Ron Smith

Executive Counselor, Senior Program Manager

Ron Smith is a proven executive with extensive experience in operations management, strategic planning, and international management. His work is targeted on emerging and frontier markets, where he assists his clients in reducing the risks often associated with fast growing, but volatile, markets. Ron additionally specializes in offering advisory services, including primary market research, strategic partnership and relationship development, project management, infrastructure development, and financing. 

Ron has a proven track record in leading, managing and producing in both private and public sectors, working with militaries and government agencies including State, Justice and Defense Departments, Foreign Governments, and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO). 

His vast portfolio has included directing emergency operations (CONUS/OCONUS) for natural and manmade disasters supporting the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), FEMA, Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), USAID to include Haiti relief operations, UN Sub-Saharan operations, and Hurricanes (including Sandy, Irene, and Isaac). He has extensive experience in Sub-Saharan Africa to include: Liberia, Sudan (Darfur), South Sudan, Uganda, Somalia, Burundi, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia; the Arabian Peninsula; and Afghanistan. 

Additional to his role with TFRC Group, he serves as an Executive Vice President & Managing Partner at Frontier Markets Partners (FMP). FMP focuses on advising governments in fast-growing markets and developing countries who seek program management and project leadership services to support economic development and stabilization. 

Ron is a retired United States Naval Officer who retired in 1999 after a 21-year career, which included holding command, and highlights included serving as Director of the Logistics Readiness Center for Commander-in-Chief, US Atlantic Fleet (CINCLantFlt). 

He is an honored academic whose vast credentials included attending Penn State University (B.A.- History), the University of North Carolina (MSA-Public Administration), the University of Nevada Las Vegas (M.A.- Applied and Professional Ethics), the US Naval War College (Command & Staff) and the US Joint Forces Staff College (Joint Logistics).