Blair C. Smith is the former Chief Investment Officer for the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation. His responsibilities included providing leadership in structuring, negotiating and closing of loans and investments, and oversight of credit policies. In addition, Blair identifies market opportunities and develops new finance strategies in furtherance of UMEZ’s mission.
Blair is also the Founder and CEO of Promethean AB Strategies LLC, a strategic consultancy focused on helping diverse Asset Managers and investors achieve their goals. He has 15+ years of experience in the capital markets arena, leading the creation of marketing strategy, plans and budgets that span industries, marketplace, customers and competition.
Prior to founding Promethean AB Strategies, Blair was responsible for co-managing a $5.2 billion Emerging Manager investment portfolio, within the State of New York Common Retirement Fund. The program spans both traditional and alternative asset class strategies including REAL ESTATE. He actively evaluated and conducted research for new investment vehicles/platforms and strategies that could strategically implement the long-term goals of the portfolio and produce risk-adjusted returns.
Blair collaborated with consultants, advisors, investment team and legal counsel in preparing and evaluating RFP/RFI’s for manager searches; participate in selecting and interviewing managers/advisors and in negotiating limited partnership agreements. He was responsible for establishing and maintaining up-to-date policies and procedures and developing asset allocation strategies for the program to ensure consistency and efficiency in the operations.
In addition, Blair served for over 10 years as a client relationship manager with the Connecticut and New York City Wealth Management teams at top tier firms.
Blair is a member of the Real Estate Executive Council and the New York Real Estate Chamber. Blair has been an adjunct lecturer with the School of Continuing Studies at NYU and Baruch College in New York City for over 7 years. He lectured in Principles of Finance, Global Marketing and Executive Leadership. Blair is on the Board of the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health and the Baltimore Afro-American Newspapers.