Joel Smith
President & CEO

Joel Smith is the President and CEO of J. F. Smith & Associates, a strategic planning and management consulting firm located in Philadelphia, PA.  Joel has over 10 years of consulting business experience coupled with nearly 30 years of corporate experience in services, product and process development in a wide range of industries and technologies. 

Joel has held general management positions for start-ups and Fortune 500 companies.  He was a co-founder and principal of The People Source Group and served as general manager of HITEK, a start-up venture of Sarnoff Corporation.   He has managed turnarounds including a business unit of FMC and The Delp Corporation.  He was VP of Engineering for The Synthetics Group.  Joel has led, managed and coached financial, marketing, operations and technical professionals for over 30 years.  He has provided consulting services to internal and external customers.

Joel is the Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Directors of BioStrategy Partners, and serves on the finance committee.  He is on the board of the Settlement Music School where he is Vice President of the KNE Branch and serves on the HR committee.  He also is on the board of Philadelphia-Israel Chamber of Commerce.  Additionally, he serves on the Governing Body of Athena PowerLink.  Joel is a past chair of the Small Business Board and formerly served on the Board of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, as well as the boards of Keystone Care, and Mid-Atlantic Diamond Ventures (formerly Diamond State Ventures).  

Joel holds a Bachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Towne School of Engineering, University of Pennsylvania.  

Our Associates

  • Joel F. Smith, President & CEO
  • Neil J. Abitabilo, Operations and Finance Practice Leader
  • Karl Bortnick, Ph.D., Information Practice Leader
  • Annette Cremo, Ph.D., Training Practice Leader
  • Kendall A Elsom, Jr, Executive Search & Talent Acquisition Practice Leader
  • Thomas W Aiken, Finance Practice Leader
  • Ben Goldberg, Finance Practice Leader, Small cap
  • Patricia Weeks, Life Science Business Practice Leader
  • Matt Hugg, Nonprofit Practice Leader
  • Maria Semple, Prospect Research & Social Media
  • Gail Cooperman, MLD,, Marketing Practice Leader
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    Joel Smith

    Joel F. Smith

    President & CEO