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