Meet Michael Smith, National Science & Technology Practice Leader at NELSON Worldwide. Michael will be responsible for directing the firm’s growing Life Science and Advanced Technology practice nationwide.

Professionally, what is one thing you want to be remembered for?

I’d like to be remembered for establishing a relationship of trust with my clients through professional integrity, ensuring that they will receive the best possible service and solutions to their facility planning design needs.


Q: What’s something people don’t know about you that they would be surprised to find out?

That I’m passionate about ‘90s alternative rock music (think Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains, Stone Temple Pilots, etc.) and one Saturday a month I sing my favorite songs with a couple of musicians at a local pub!


Q: Have you ever been disappointed by something that happened at the time, but ended up being really good for you?

Growing up, I did not have very good male role models in my life. As a result, by the time I graduated high school I was lost and lacked self-confidence. So, rather than considering college, I decided to join the military where I gained the discipline and the confidence I needed to excel. After being honorably discharged, I finally enrolled in college and ended up graduating on the dean’s list!

Q: When people come over, what’s the one piece or art or furniture that’s an immediate conversation piece?

In my house, it’s not one thing but several things that are immediate conversation starters. You see, my home is a gallery for displaying my collection of motorcycles and motorcycle-related artwork and memorabilia.


“One of my greatest sources of inspiration is collaborating with clients to overcome challenges and create sustainable facility solutions that assist scientists and physicians in solving the problems of disease in our society.”

– Michael Smith