President and CEO, Skidmore Studio
Tim Smith is President and CEO of Skidmore Studio, a 54-year-old creative studio based in Detroit. With nearly 25 years of professional creative experience, Smith guides clients with a focus on technology, design thinking and an insistence that brands connect to their audience with authentic messaging.
It is with this goal that Smith relocated Skidmore Studio to Detroit’s historic Madison Building in 2011. He is seen as a leading force in Detroit’s revitalization efforts for this decision, which brought 30 creative professionals to the city.
Prior to coming to Skidmore, Smith held the position of senior vice president of marketing and communications at Village Green, one of the nation’s largest luxury apartment owners/developers. He is a former journalist and frequent contributor to publications such as Crain’s Detroit Business, The Detroit News and the Detroiter.
Smith is actively involved in the Detroit design community, sitting on the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Marketing Advisory Committee as well as Downtown Detroit’s Creative Corridor Advisory Board. In addition, he is a frequent guest speaker on the topic of design thinking. He has appeared on Devin Scillian’s “Flashpoint,” Paul W. Smith’s WJR radio show, Fox Morning, WDIV’s morning and evening news programs as well as WDET, WWJ and WCSX radio shows.