Victor Smith ’86 Appointed Secretary of Commerce for Indiana

January 16, 2013



Governor Mike Pence appointed Victor Smith, a 1986 graduate of La Lumiere School, as Secretary of Commerce for the state of Indiana. In this role, Smith is a member
of the governor’s cabinet and leads the state’s domestic and international economic development agenda.

After graduating from La Lumiere School, Smith earned his undergraduate degree from Colgate University and a law degree from the Catholic University of America. He has served as an aide to Vice President Dan Quayle and Senator Dan Coats. His extensive 17-year career in business includes various operations and executive leadership positions with CDS Engineering, Ontario Corporation, an Indiana-based company. Smith successfully directed domestic and international business development agendas through many economic and product cycles in the United States and the United Kingdom.

The governor believes Smith’s knowledge and experience working with Asian, Pacific Rim and West Coast businesses are crucial in leading the Hoosier State’s job-creation efforts and strengthening Indiana’s reputation as a premier state for business. “The reason I chose Victor Smith is because he’s a native Hoosier, he’s had national and international business experience, he had a desire to come home to Indiana and I just think he is uniquely qualified to tell Indiana’s story across the country and across
the world,” Pence said.


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