W. Christopher Smith, Jr.
Chairman and CEO, WC Smith
Chris Smith is the chairman and chief executive officer of WC Smith. Mr. Smith began his career with the firm in the construction group and worked in finance before launching the development arm of the business in the early 1980’s. Under his direction, the company has become a District of Columbia industry leader in the rehabilitation and revitalization of challenged neighborhoods. While enhancing its portfolio of market rate housing, WC Smith has concurrently focused on developing affordable multi-family communities and commercial properties.
With a lifelong commitment to community service, Chris Smith has fostered a culture within WC Smith of improving the quality of life for residents of the District. The company and its employees routinely volunteer time and resources to build playgrounds, beautify neighborhoods, and provide recreational opportunities for DC families. In 1997, Chris was instrumental in forming a non-profit organization, Building Bridges Across the River, to fundraise and develop a $27 million cultural arts, recreation and education facility, the Town Hall Education Arts & Recreation Campus (THEARC) in Southeast Washington. THEARC was honored by the Urban Land Institute with the 2007 Award of Excellence.
Mr. Smith holds a real estate brokers license in Washington, DC, and the State of Virginia. He sits on the board of directors for Building Bridges Across the River and St. John’s College High School. He has been honored with the Washington Urban League’s Whitney M. Young Service Award, the Apartment and Office Building Association’s prestigious Sidney Glassman award, the N Street Village Founder’s Award, the Property Management Association’s highest honor (the Sussman award), and Transwestern’s Trendsetter of the Year 2009. In 2007, Mr. Smith was named as one of Washingtonian Magazine’s Washingtonians of the Year, and he was the subject of a segment entitled “American Spirit” on Katie Couric’s CBS Evening News broadcast.