David W. Smith
May 3, 2019
Dave Smith invested in Buddy’s Kitchen, Inc. in September 2007 and became its CEO at that time. After a decade of rapid growth, Buddy’s was sold in late 2017 to a publicly-traded Canadian food company, with Dave remaining as its CEO. Prior to Buddy’s, Dave led Mark VII Equipment as CEO and was a founding manager of Nationwide Electric – both private equity-backed firms that concluded with successful exits. Earlier in his career, Dave led companies in the manufacturing and commercial real estate industries. Dave earned his MBA at Harvard and his BA at Macalester College. He has been married to Lisa for 34 years, has three grown children, and works diligently at staying young at heart.