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Robert C. Smith

Robert C. Smith

Partner and Ohio Market Leader Cerity Partners


Robert C. Smith is Partner and the Market Leader of the Cleveland office. He serves on Cerity Partners’ Executive Committee, the Investment Committee, and the Asset Allocation Sub-Committee. Robert has more than forty years of experience in investing, finance, accounting, and business management.

Robert joined Cerity Partners in October 2016 when Cerity Partners acquired Spero-Smith Investment Advisers. Previously, Robert was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Spero-Smith. Robert joined in 1993 as President, Chief Investment Officer, and co-owner with Founder, Karen Spero.

He received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Accounting) degree from Ohio Northern University and holds a Master's of Business Administration (Finance) from Duquesne University. ONU has awarded him an Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration for his years of service as Chair of the Board of Trustees and other civic leadership roles.

Robert is deeply committed to civic engagement and has received numerous awards and recognition for his leadership. He has recently been inducted in the Ohio Foundation for Independent Colleges' Hall of Excellence as well as the Association of Ohio Commodores. He has served in leadership roles on numerous boards and investment committees of corporations and non-profit organizations including ENCOVA Insurance, Ohio Northern University and University Hospitals of Cleveland and Team NEO. Several elected officials have also appointed him to boards of public entities, including the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System, the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation and the Port of Cleveland. Recent public entity appointments include Chair of the Jobs Ohio Board.

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