Rick Smith

Rick Smith

STS GES Managing Director

BDO Phoenix Office



Executive Summary

As the STS GES Managing Director at BDO, Rick serves clients throughout the US with offices in Houston and Phoenix, AZ. Rick is an independent advisor to compensation committees and management of public and private companies as well as family owned businesses. He has extensive experience providing competitive market analysis for senior level executives and designing and implementing performance based reward strategies that define the proper mix of annual and long-­‐term incentives as appropriate to the organization and its culture.  Rick  works  closely  with  boards  of  trustees  of  colleges  and universities as well as national and global charitable organizations, health care systems, performing arts and other 501(C)(3) and (C)(4) organizations assisting with determining reasonable compensation.

Rick also provides expert witness testimony and litigation support in family law, companies entering and/or emerging from bankruptcy reorganization and M & A.

Rick is experience in structuring executive employment contracts in light of current practices and individual situations, recommending appropriate compensation for independent Directors and advises boards and management on succession planning and strengthening governance. He is experienced in structuring compensation plans for companies in pre and post IPO and M & A positions both domestic and internationally.

Rick’s consulting experience includes many assignments to the energy industry, financial services industry including retail banking both national and regional and to the manufacturing, retail, aerospace and pharmaceutical industries among others. Rick has 27 years of experience, previously as the southwest regional executive compensation lead for Willis Towers Watson, National Executive Compensation and Governance Practice leader for Sibson Consulting located in their New York and Phoenix offices, Director and Executive Compensation Practice leader at KPMG, NY and a Senior Consultant at The Hay Group, NY and Mercer NY. Rick’s assignments have been located throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, the Middle East and Hong Kong.

Rick has spoken before several professional organizations including 2015 23rd annual NASPP conference, Audit Guideline & Executive Compensation”, Synergy 2015, WorldatWork 2013 and 2014 national conferences.  Other conference speaking engagements include the New York Society of Securities Analyst, The New York Hospital Forum and the Share Holder Forum that studies the impact of say on pay. His articles on “The Role of the Board and the CEO”, “Rational for Remuneration in Higher Education” and Succession Management in Corporate America” have been published in several journals including “Financial Executive”, WorkSpan”, and “Business Officer plus his most recent article “A Holistic Approach to Rewarding the Method of Stock Appreciation” also published in WorkSpan Magazine.

Rick has made several guest appearances on Fox Business News, CNBC, Bloomberg News and the BBC World News Television on executive pay.

Professional Affiliations

The Economic Club of New York, The NACD, NASPP, The Shareholder Forum


Business Administration, University of Arizona