Blair C. Smith
Blair is the Founder and CEO of Promethean AB Strategies LLC, a strategic consultancy focused on helping diverse Asset Managers and investors achieve their goals. He has 15+ years experience in the capital markets arena, leading the creation of marketing strategy, plans and budgets that span industries, marketplace, customers and competition. Recently, Blair was responsible for co-managing a $4.5 billion emerging manager investment portfolio, within the State of New York Common Retirement Fund. The program spans both traditional and alternative asset class strategies (real estate, private equity, public equity, hedge funds and opportunistic). Along with the Director, he actively evaluated and conducts research for new investment vehicles/platforms and strategies that can strategically implement the long-term goals of the Emerging Manager portfolio. Blair collaborated with consultants, advisors, investment team and legal counsel in preparing and evaluating RFP/RFI’s for manager searches; participate in selecting and interviewing managers/advisors and in negotiating limited partnership agreements. He is responsible for establishing and maintaining up-to-date policies and procedures and developing asset allocation strategies for the program to ensure consistency and efficiency in the operations. Previously, Blair served for over 10 years as a client relationship manager with the Connecticut and New York City Wealth Management teams at top tier firms. In this role, he delivered a comprehensive B2C financial services platform to high net worth individuals, including banking, affluent credit services, investment management, financial planning, trust and estate planning, insurance and charitable services. In addition, Blair has been a Financial Expert for News 12 Westchester (NY) and an adjunct lecturer with the School of Continuing Studies at NYU and Baruch College in New York City. He lectured in both Global Marketing and Executive Leadership.