With over thirty years experience in commercial real estate markets throughout the Southwest, Richard D. (Rick) Smith is President and Chief Executive Officer of RDS Enterprises and its affiliated companies. Together, RDS is a group of commercial real estate firms specializing in investment, development, marketing and property and asset management services, as well as redevelopment and public/private partnerships.
During the late 1990’s, Smith led commercial development and transactional activities as Vice President of American Nevada Corp., developer of the 8400-acre Green Valley master-planned community in Henderson, Nevada. Smith’s prior real estate experience includes senior management positions in acquisition and development for Emkay Development Co. in Newport Beach, California, developers of office, industrial and mixed-use business parks in the West. Smith also served as President of Emkay Financial Services, a licensed broker/dealer specializing in real estate securities. In the late 1980’s, Smith was Sr. Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for IDM Development, builders of commercial properties, including the World Trade Center in Long Beach, California. Prior to relocating to Southern Nevada in 1995, Smith owned and operated RDS Associates, Inc. in Southern California, a commercial real estate company specializing in acquisition, development and marketing.
Smith has served as speaker, panelist and commentator in numerous real estate venues and is frequently quoted in local and regional business and real estate publications. As Keynote Speaker at North Las Vegas State of the City Conference, Smith defined and helped launch the City’s international award-winning “Cheyenne Technology Corridor”, wherein RDS/Insight developed that City’s first mixed-use business park, the 40-acre CheyenneWest Corporate Center. Smith also was guest speaker for the Michigan Bar Association’s 2006 Real Estate Conference.
Rick Smith’s trade and civic associations are numerous. He is former Chairman and Founder of the National Mixed-Use Development Forum for the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) and is a past President of the Southern Nevada Chapter of NAIOP. Named by In Business Las Vegas as among the “Who’s Who” in Southern Nevada real estate, Smith also serves as Chairman of the Executive Advisory Committee of the UNLV Lied Institute for Real Estate Studies, and is a member of the UNLV Academic Foundation. Smith also serves on the Executive Board of Directors of the Henderson Chamber of Commerce and is immediate Past Chair of the Chamber Board. Smith is a graduate of both, the Henderson Chamber’s Leadership Henderson program, and the Las Vegas Chamber’s Leadership Las Vegas program.
Smith received his B.A. from the University of Texas, Arlington, and M.B.A. from Pepperdine University. He and his wife Geri, a marriage and family therapist, and daughters Ellie and Amy live in the Green Valley area of Henderson, Nevada. They are active in the St. Thomas More Catholic Community, in St. Viator Catholic Church and St. Viator School, as well as in numerous charities and civic organizations throughout Southern Nevada.