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CHARLES F. SMITH

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SMITH CHARLES FRANK SMITH (Age 73) Of McLean, Virginia, died Tuesday, October 2, 2012. Services will be on Monday, October 8 at 6:30 p.m. at Mclean Bible Church in the Smith Center in Vienna, Virginia. A native of Daisy, Kentucky, Chuck came to Washington in 1957 as a young recruit to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He studied accounting at Strayer University and joined Washington, DC based Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Combined Shows Inc. as Assistant Comptroller in 1967. He went on to become Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Member of the Board of Directors of what is now the live entertainment giant, Feld Entertainment, Inc. During his 30-year tenure, Chuck built and operated Sells Floto, Inc., a division of the company, which became a massive global entertainment novelty concession business. He was an early pioneer in sourcing manufactured goods in China and was in Shanghai in 1976 on a buying mission when Chairman Mao died. He also became a recognized risk management leader in the insurance industry's entertainment area. In the mid 1980's he forged a long-term relationship with Chukyo Television in Nagoya, Japan to tour Feld's Disney On Ice Shows throughout that country, establishing the foundation for Feld Entertainment's continued international growth. In 1995 he invested in the Wall Street roll-up rage of the day as a partner in the venture that consolidated and created the Fortress Group, one of the largest publicly traded homebuilders in the US, through an over $100 Million IPO and bond offering in April 1996. He also partnered in a second roll-up in 1997 creating Condor Technologies which completed its $90 Million IPO in February of 1998. Chuck was a founder of Cricket Technologies, an innovative e-Discovery services provider that opened its doors in 2000 and quickly became one of the decade's dominant players in the burgeoning legal technology industry. He was active in many charitable causes, civic endeavors and privately helped countless individuals facing difficult times. He was a member of Richlands Baptist Church in Richlands, Virginia, and he attended McLean Bible Church. His family and friends will remember him as bold thinker and man of action with a generous heart, sense of humor and friends from all walks of life whom he inspired. Survivors include his father, Franklin Garland Smith of Richlands, Virginia; brothers, David and Cathy Smith and Paul and Sue Smith; sisters, Hope and Jim Dubrico, Paige Clevinger and Sally Childress. He married Etta with daughters, Terri and Deidre; and son; Charles Jr.; married Diana with step-daughters, Leigh, Melissa and Cynthia; and son, Bradley; and married, Julia with step-daughters, Kim, Wendy and Christina; daughter, Julia and step-son Ryan, with a combined 28 grandchildren, and one great grandchild. He will also be dearly missed by many others that considered Chuck a father figure. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the or the International Myeloma Foundation. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the or the International Myeloma Foundation.

Published in The Washington Post on Oct. 7, 2012
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