Jun 27, 2018
Michael Smith is president
and CEO of Charlotte Center City Partners (CCCP), a place-making
organization that drives the economic, social and cultural
development of the Center City of Charlotte. Before joining
CCCP, Michael was Chief Financial Officer of the Charlotte Chamber
of Commerce. He has held corporate roles at AT&T
Communications, First Union Bank’s Capital Markets Group and
By-Products Interactive. He served as the chairman of the
board of directors for the International Downtown Association and
on a number of regional boards including Boy Scouts of America
Mecklenburg Council, the Belk College of Business at the University
of North Carolina at Charlotte, the Hospitality and Tourism
Alliance, and the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce. Michael
earned a bachelor's degree in business from the University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School
of Management at Northwestern University.
This episode is perfect for anyone interested in
place-making, downtown development, the elements of a vibrant city,
and leading a mission-based life.
IN THIS EPISODE
- Michael describes his role
leading urban development in the city of
- He explains CCCP's
relationship to other authorities in Charlotte.
- He answers what he thinks he is particularly good at in his
role and what he looks for in the people he
- He describes the culture of his office and
what he can better at as a leader.
- Michael addresses
whether Charlotte is positioned for success in the
21st century city.
- He identifies what he is bullish about in
- He considers why Charlotte hasn't made the list of having one
of the best downtowns in the United States.
- He describes the assets and attributes of
Charlotte's Center City.
- Michael addresses how Charlotte's Center City
compares with other peer downtowns.
- He details the planned Charlotte Gateway
Station and its current status.
- He shares what comes to mind when he thinks about his
childhood and what he tries to echo to his own
- He explains why he studied commerce in college
and recalls his time in graduate school.
- Michael describes the business he helped start
and his moment of reflection and introspection that followed.
- He shares how he got the role at CCCP and
answers whether he is the de-facto mayor of Charlotte.
- He reveals what is on his night stand for
reading and how he begins his day.
- He discusses the role faith and Jesuit
thinking plays in his life.
- Michael answers
what's next for him
plus Mark Peres' Personal Word Essay: Shaping
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