Juli Smith, President
I am the President of The Smith Consulting Group. I started recruiting in 1986 for a large national search firm and came back into the industry in 2001 after spending the bulk of my career in outside sales and sales management. It was a natural progression to start my own firm in 2006. Since that time, The Smith Consulting Group has specialized in civil engineering and architecture. I love living in a small town in the Midwest with my husband, kids, and nutty dog (see below).
What food do you crave more than any other? - Hands down, pizza. I could eat pizza everyday of the week.
I lead our firm’s marketing and business development efforts. I have spent 30 years of my career in different roles within commercial general contracting and the wireless tower construction business. The experience and knowledge I gained throughout my construction career enables me to have a keen understanding of your hiring needs; I have been a hiring manager and I have been a candidate. I am a graduate of Michigan State University with a degree in Construction Management. An avid runner and outdoorsman, I enjoy the four seasons of Michigan.
What is your biggest regret? - Not taking that offer to be a starting quarterback in the NFL... no wait, that definitely did not happen! Biggest regret business wise would be not having the advice that I dispense now for intentionally moving my career forward earlier in my career. I would have initiated more conversations with the people above me for guidance, advice and input.
I lead the research team for The Smith Consulting Group. I graduated from Spring Arbor University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration & Entrepreneurship. When I am not researching, I am busy managing two home-based businesses and two unruly pups. Originally from Northern Michigan, I feel most at home when hiking the Lake Michigan shoreline. I am passionate about cultivating community, pursuing creativity, & continued growth both professionally and personally.
What song do you associate with you childhood? - My mom listened to a lot of Alison Krauss and Tracy Chapman when I was growing up. I have fond memories of sitting with her in her sewing room listening to music while she worked. When You Say Nothing at All by Alison Krauss and Union Station will forever be a favorite of mine.
I am part of the research team for The Smith Consulting Group where I assist in daily tasks and projects. Currently, I am a Junior at Eastern Michigan University majoring in Marketing with a Business to Business focus. Outside of work, I have a passion for photography and exploring everything the State of Michigan has to offer. Growing as a businessman and individual is the path I choose to follow in and outside of the workplace.
What is the last thing you did just for yourself? - I went to Alaska to visit my family and took a mini vacation!
I am a Project Coordinator with The Smith Consulting Group. I have over 4 years of experience in recruiting and over 20 years in customer service. When I am not serving my community I am juggling between my husband, two kids and two fur-babies. I am a Southern Belle from South East Arkansas and relocated to the beautiful State of Michigan two years ago.
What made up word would you incorporate into the English language if you could? - Growing up in the South, there are a lot of Southern slang words I would add but one in particular would be "whatchanotgonnado". For example: Whatchanotgonnado is stand there and hold the door wide open!
I am part of the research team with The Smith Consulting Group. I have previous recruiting experience as well as many years of teaching experience within correctional facilities. I have two decades worth of experience in the customer service industry. I have a beautiful 22 year old daughter and an 8 year old son. I also have four fur-babies which consist of a Boxer puppy, a Yorkie-Poo and two cats.
If you were a bagel, what type of bagel would you be? - I'd have to be an everything bagel (with bacon horseradish cream cheese, of course!).
I am SCG's Director of Employee Engagement. My job is to jump up and spread joy or at least get a good sniff of anyone who comes to see my owners. I am in love with our mail lady. If you ever visit our office, please have cookies in your pocket for me like my girlfriend, the mail lady. When I am not sleeping in my snuggle ball, I tend to roam about the office looking for scraps of cookies I might have missed from my girlfriend, the mail lady. Sometimes, I sleep with my legs in the air just to mix it up a bit. I also work part time chasing squirrels in my backyard, occasionally catching them and giving my owner a fright.
If you could do something mischievous without anyone ever finding out, what would it be? - I would definitely take down that squirrel in the backyard that has been tormenting me for years.
OUR TEAM UNDERSTANDS THE IMPORTANCE OF GROWTH AND CONNECTION.
We're fun people! We work hard but we also take the time to laugh every day. We don't dwell too long on setbacks. We keep moving forward by choosing to have an abundance mindset, to have fun and to love what we do.
Our favorite office event? The SCG Olympics! If you need a laugh, be sure to check out our antics.