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    Alumni Profile: Ahrey Smith

    April 24, 2017
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    Ahrey and Tricia Smith are both proud UW graduates. (Courtesy Photo)
    For nearly 20 years, Ahrey Smith’s resume has added impressive names, including Dell, American Express and Kabbage. “My career really took on a focus of efficiency and productivity around various customers,” says Smith, who earned a master of public affairs degree at the University of Texas at Austin after graduating from UW. “It moved from an internship at Deloitte to doing an agile transformation at Dell and then coming in and running technical and business operations for Magento, which was one of the eBay brands at the time, and then out into doing the same thing at American Express.”

    Smith now works at Salesforce, a company that offers a top customer relationship management platform. “I’ve gotten a lot of exposure to really fascinating pieces of technology across a number of verticals,” Smith says of his career, which included working on the supply chain for the F-35 joint strike fighter at Accenture and helping create a development and delivery center on an Indian reservation in Oregon. He enjoys the constant challenge of identifying and solving problems, helping businesses evolve and become more efficient without mass layoffs.

    The professional communications skills he learned at UW provided a strong foundation. “That focus was 
    the underpinnings for my success as a consultant,” Smith says.

    During his time at UW, he was also the man behind Pistol Pete. “That was amazing,” Smith says. “I made great contacts and had a very public-facing role for the athletic department.”

    He values Wyoming’s Western work ethic. “There’s a lot of straight talk and commitment,” Smith says. “There’s that sense of personal accountability that I find is really represented at UW.”

    Smith met his wife, Tricia (Sandberg) Smith, an elementary education major, while at UW. He gives back in any way he can, including mentoring interns. “I owe UW a great debt,” Smith says. “It was an amazing place for me and really provided the foundation for what I do.”