Bob Smart is a partner in the Orange County practice of Hardesty, LLC. He provides CFO and C-level management services to clients throughout the region. He helps Hardesty clients, ranging from start-ups to established, middle market companies, with operations management, finance and accounting, systems, analytics, recapitalization, sales, and mergers & acquisitions. He has extensive experience in manufacturing, investment management, and all facets of real estate development.
Bob’s career started in medical products manufacturing and marketing. He then entered public accounting with Ernst & Young’s Kenneth Leventhal & Company consulting practice advising clients in the real estate development and investment, banking, and manufacturing industries. Bob moved over to the client side for a long career as a CFO, in real estate financing, operations management, project management, international investment management, and managing teams through private equity and recapitalization events. He returned to the medical products business as CFO and COO for a very successful turnaround and asset sale of a manufacturer of implantable medical devices.
Bob’s skills in applying sound business tools, practices and financing solutions to a variety of industries allows him to bring to the table creative ideas to transition companies toward new goals and successes. He is equally adept at corporate strategic planning and roll up your sleeves, hands-on financial management. He typically has held responsibility for finance and accounting, information technology, and human resources, but also for contracts and litigation management, R&D, product management, and marketing.
Bob has an MBA with an emphasis in finance and a BS in economics from Arizona State University.