Ferrum College to Host Dr. Tony Smith, CEO of Secure Futures

Entrepreneur Tony Smith speaks from experience about meeting sustainability goals while investing with local community partners. 

Dr. Tony Smith, CEO of Secure FuturesFerrum, Va. (January 22, 2014) – On Wed., Feb. 5th, Ferrum College will host Dr. Tony Smith, President and CEO of Secure Futures and Associate Professor of Business at Eastern Mennonite University. The program is part of the continuing series of theme programs sponsored by the School of Social Sciences and Professional Studies. The Ferrum College Theme Committee, chaired by Dr. Christine Stinson, chose, “Sustaining Community Involvement” as the 2013-14 programming theme.  Dr. Smith will visit classes and meet with the Ferrum College Energy Committee during the day and give a public presentation at 7 PM in Vaughn Chapel. His talk will describe collaborative work with communities and institutions to set up less expensive and more reliable electrical power. He will address regulatory, legal, and physical obstacles to solar projects. The community is welcome and encouraged to attend.

Secure Futures leads the field in making solar energy affordable to universities, schools, hospitals and other institutions operating in the public interest. The Staunton based company endeavors to provide solar power equipment to its customers while developing the local community’s workforce and enhancing the region’s sustainability. By developing strategies to make solar energy affordable, Dr. Smith and his team help institutions protect themselves from rising energy costs.

Dr. Smith earned his Masters in Architecture and PhD in business from the Wharton School of Management, both from the University of Pennsylvania. At Eastern Mennonite, he teaches marketing, innovation, and social entrepreneurship. Dr. Smith has over 30 years of experience in energy efficiency, solar energy, and community economic development. He is the National Program Leader for USDA Community-Based Entrepreneurial Development and the Founding Executive Director of the Staunton Creative Community Fund, Inc. He is also a board member of the Virginia Alternative & Renewable Energy Association (VA-AREA) and Chairman for the Virginia Committee of the Maryland, DC and Virginia Solar Energy Industries Association (MDV-SEIA).

For additional information, contact Dr. David Johnson, Coordinator of the Center for Sustainable Development, School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, by e-mail at djohnson@ferrum.edu.

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About Ferrum College: Ferrum College is a four-year, private, co-educational, liberal arts college related to the United Methodist Church. Ferrum offers a choice of nationally recognized bachelor's degree programs, at a cost well below the national average for private colleges. The College will celebrate its centennial in 2013-2014.