Omaha, NE – The Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights announced Friday that Reynold Smith has been appointed President. Smith will be responsible for guiding the organization to the achievement of its corporate objectives and further establishing the franchise as a dynamic and productive member of the Omaha community.
“Reynold Smith is a successful local businessman with a long history of community involvement,” said Knights’ Director and Calgary Flames’ President/CEO Ken King. “It is a privilege to have Mr. Smith’s experience and passion brought to our continuing commitment to professional hockey in Omaha. It is going to be a big year for the Knights.”
“As a local businessman and a sports enthusiast, I see this as a tremendous challenge and an opportunity,” said Smith. “I am looking forward to further building the Ak-Sar-Ben Knights’ strong reputation for providing affordable family entertainment and multi-faceted community involvement.”
A native of Chicago, Smith is a 1970 graduate of Michigan State University with a degree in business administration. In 1983, he founded Reynold S. Smith Marketing, Inc. After building the company into a leader in the food industry in the Nebraska-Iowa market, he recently sold the company to Advantage Sales and Marketing, a national corporation.
Smith has a long history of community involvement in greater Omaha. He is a member of Creighton University’s Jaybacker Executive Board and served as the board’s president from 2003-2005. He served as a member of the Creighton University Athletic Board for three years, was a member of the school’s NCAA Athletic Certification Governance Committee and helped develop the Athletic Director Circle program. He was also an inaugural supporter of the Student-Athletic Support Center and an inaugural member of the Baseball Legends Club.
In addition, Smith is a past member of the Children’s Hospital Foundation Board of Directors and its Board of Trustees. As a former member of the Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben Foundation, he is past president of its council and is a past Chairman of the River City Round Up and Rodeo. Smith was an initial board member of the Metropolitan Omaha Convention Sports and Entertainment Authority. He helped start the Nebraska chapter of Make-A-Wish in 1983 and is a member of the Boy Scouts of America Mid-America Council Board of Trustees.