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Rodney I. Smith | Wesley A. Taylor | Ashley B. Smith | James Russell Bruner | Richard Gerhardt | Ed Broenniman | William J. Clayton

 

Rodney I. Smith, Chairman of Smith-Midland (DE) Board
Rodney I. Smith
Chairman of the Board

Rodney I. Smith

Chairman of the Board

Mr. Rodney Smith, a native of Fauquier County, Virginia, co-founded Smith-Cattleguard Company (later to become Smith-Midland Corporation) with his father in 1960. Capitalizing on the success of a line of precast concrete farm products, the company soon expanded its markets with the introduction of underground utility products, highway safety barrier, utility buildings and soundwall. These products were patented and equally successful.

Mr. Smith became Smith-Cattleguard’s President and Chief Executive Officer in 1965. He has served on the Board of Directors and has been its Chairman since 1970. He is the principal developer and inventor of the Company’s proprietary and patented products.

Mr. Smith founded Concrete Safety Systems in 1977, the first company formed for the sole purpose of leasing precast concrete highway safety barrier to contractors and state highway departments. In 1978 he formed Easi-Set Industries, the first full-service multiple product licensing company for the precast industry. Today, there are more than sixty Easi-Set licensees in 42 states and nine countries, who manufacture and sell the proven products that have been established by Smith-Midland Corporation. Also in 1978, Mr. Smith founded Smith-Carolina Corporation, a manufacturing plant in North Carolina. Midland Advertising + Design, an advertising agency for Smith-Midland Corporation (DE) and Easi-Set licensees, was also founded by Mr. Smith.

In recognition of Mr. Smith’s success as a manufacturer whose products have achieved the distinction of becoming the accepted standard for the industry, he was elected president of the National Precast Concrete Association in 1979. He was named Virginia’s Small Business Person of the Year in 1980 by Jimmy Carter. He is a member of the Pre-cast/Pre-stressed Concrete institute and the American Concrete Institute. He has served 30 years on the Board of Trustees of Bridgewater College, Bridgewater, VA and is active in several local civic and charitable organizations, such as Midland Christian Academy, Midland, VA.

 

 

Wesley A. Taylor, Director of the Smith-Midland (DE) Board
Wesley A. Taylor
Director of the Board

Wesley A. Taylor

Director

Mr. Wesley Taylor has served as Vice President of Administration to the Company since 1989 and as a Director since 1994, he previously held the positions of Controller and Director of Personnel and Administration for Smith-Midland (VA). Prior to his career with Smith-Midland Delaware, Wesley worked for the criminal justice system as Assistant Superintendent in a maximum security facility, after 8 years he entered the private sector and subsequently worked in Human Resource Administration to both the petroleum and printing industries. Mr. Taylor holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northwestern State University.

 

 

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Ashley B. Smith
Director of the Board

Ashley B. Smith

Director

Mr. Ashley Smith has served as Vice President of Smith-Midland Corporation (DE) since 1990 and as a Director since 1994. He is the current CEO/President of the parent corporation and President/COO of Smith-Midland (VA) and during his time working with Smith-Midland Corporation, has previously held the positions of Vice President of Sales to Smith-Midland (VA) and Managing Director to Easi-Set Industries, leading Smith-Midland Corporation (VA) to the highest sales levels in its’ history without increasing the sales force.

Ashley has been active as a leader on several industry committees including the internationally recognized trade association, National Precast Concrete Association, where he has served in the role of Chairman for 2018. He volunteers locally where he is a founding member of the citizens’ committee to open the Fauquier County Branch Library, is a member of the citizens’ committee to raise funds to provide lights for the Liberty High School Football field, and serves as a soccer coach. Smith holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Bridgewater College.

 

 

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James Russell Bruner
Director of the Board

James Russell Bruner

Director

Mr. James Russell Bruner was Chief Executive Officer and President of Maersk Line, Limited (MLL) from 2014 to 2017. MLL is an American company, headquartered in Virginia, and part of the global shipping consortium Maersk Group. MLL provides U.S. flag transportation, ship management and maritime technical services to government and commercial customers.

Mr. Bruner joined Maersk Group in 1989 and has held various leadership positions in both North and South America. Prior to his role as CEO and President of MLL, Mr. Bruner served as CEO and President of Maersk, Inc., and President of Maersk South America, Ltd. He also currently serves as a Director of MLL.

A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Mr. Bruner attended Bridgewater College in Virginia. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan Executive Program and Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program. Mr. Bruner serves on the Bridgewater College Board of Trustees, and previously served for the University of Denver Intermodal Transportation Institute’s Board of Directors.

 

 

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Richard Gerhardt
Director of the Board

Richard Gerhardt

Director

A veteran corporate executive of the shipping and logistics industry, Gerhardt’s experience provides a wealth of successful business acumen to complement the current board.

Mr. Gerhardt currently is Chief Operating Officer of Old Dominion Spirits Corporation in Warrenton, VA, and is serving his first term as a Fauquier County, VA Supervisor for the Cedar Run Magisterial District. Mr. Gerhardt presently serves on the boards of Path Foundation (Formally Fauquier Health Foundation), Virginia Gold Cup Association and Fauquier Free Clinic.

From 2003-2014, Mr. Gerhardt served in an escalating succession of positions for three global shipping and logistic companies: DHL Global Mail, ESI Global Logistic and MSI Worldwide. His eight years as President, COO, and Shareholder of MSI Worldwide culminated in his successful negotiations for the acquisition of the $58 million company by Belgian Post.

Mr. Gerhardt holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a minor in Economics from Washington College in Chestertown, MD.

 

 

Ed Broenniman, Director of the Smith-Midland (DE) Board
Ed Broenniman
Advisor of the Board

Ed Broenniman

Advisor

Mr. Ed Broenniman has been an Advisor to Smith-Midland Corporation (DE) since 1992. He has 30 years of management and executive experience with high-tech, public and privately-held growth companies where he has served as a CEO, COO, or Director, using his expertise to focus management on increasing profitability, strategic planning and building stockholder value.

Mr. Broenniman is the Managing Director of The Piedmont Group, LLC, a corporate advisory firm. He has built and sold four technology companies. He serves on a public Board, Aethlon Medical (AEMD) where he is Chair of the Compensation Committee and a member of the Audit Committee. He is on the Board of two privately held IT firms and has served on public company boards as well as venture backed firms. He is Chair of the National Capital Chapter, National Association of Corporate Directors. He was the first Entrepreneur in Residence at the Dingman Center University of Maryland.

 

 

 

William J. Clayton, Advisor to the Smith-Midland (DE) Board
William J. Clayton
Advisor of the Board

William J. Clayton

Advisor

Mr. “Bill” Clayton has been an Advisor to Smith-Midland Corporation (DE) since 2006. He has 40+ years of experience in construction related industries, both public and privately owned, first in the cement, block, and ready-mix industries, followed by 36 years with High Concrete Structures, Inc., (originally Kurtz Precast Corp.) At High Concrete, he served in the positions of Production Manager, Vice President of Production, Executive Vice President, and ultimately 27 years as President of the organization.

During Mr. Clayton’s time with High Concrete, the Company (located in Denver, PA), grew to become the largest single-location precast/prestressed concrete manufacturer in the United States, and attained the distinction of having produced the most precast parking garages of any precaster in the nation. While at High Concrete he guided the company from $2.5 million to $93 million in annual sales and oversaw the introduction of numerous innovative developments and products, including the first 15' wide double tees.

Mr. Clayton is President Emeritus of High Concrete, Past Chair of the Precast-Prestressed Concrete Institute, an international organization of professionals (designers) and producers of concrete products, and past President of the Architectural Precast Association.

 
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Matthew I. Smith
Advisor of the Board

Matthew I. Smith

Advisor

Mr. Matthew Smith has served as the Vice President of Sales and Marketing since 2008 and President of Concrete Safety Systems since 2015, having previously held the position of Utility Sales Manager during the preceding nine years. He also worked as Sales Manager for Smith-Carolina from 1990-1993.

Mr. Smith is an active member in the local community, serving as past-chairman of the Fauquier County Transportation Committee, past-President of the Southern Fauquier Business Owners Association, current Fauquier County Planning Commisioner,  and is an active member at the Midland Church of the Brethren. Mr. Smith is also a past-President and current board member of the Precast Concrete Association of Virginia. He earned his degree in Business Administration from Bridgewater College, where he has served as the National Chair of the Bridgewater Fund Committee, and is currently serving on the President's Advisory Council.

 
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AJ Krick
Advisor of the Board

AJ Krick

Advisor

Mr. Krick, a Certified Public Accountant, served as Accounting Manager of the Company from 2014 till December 2017. He has 15 years of experience working with executives and management teams to improve processes and provide cost savings. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from James Madison University. AJ is currently a member of the OTCQX Advisory Council.

 

 
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Arthur X. Miles
Advisor of the Board

Arthur X. Miles

Advisor

Mr. Arthur Miles joined Easi-Set Worldwide as President in 2013. His primary duties are to oversee the expansion of Easi-Set licensing sales and the on-going development of their proprietary product lines. Mr. Miles previously served as the President and CEO of the Selimax Corporation, a management and technical consulting firm serving a client base of Fortune 500 global companies focused on the steel manufacturing and construction industries.

Previously, he performed the duties of President of Atlas Machine and Iron Works Inc., one of the premier steel manufacturing companies in the United States.

Mr. Miles is a graduate of Florida Southern College we he earned a bachelor’s of science degree in business. He is also bilingual in Spanish and English.