SMD Consulting, Inc.
SMD, short for Strategic Management Decisions started in 2001 after the Internet bust. Evan Ackerman, Founder, decided to establish his own consulting company. The core focus of SMD is helping clients achieve results. The SMD team has extensive experience in business planning, financial planning, accounting systems, e-commerce, B2B (business-to-business) web applications and business process re-engineering. We work with small firms (start up companies with under 10 employees) to large fortune 500 companies. Whether big projects or small projects, we focus on the end results.
Evan Ackerman, Founder
Evan started his technology career managing the network and servers at a regional bank in Coral Gables, Florida. After upgrading the infrastructure and streamlining the processes, he was hired by Arthur Andersen's Business Systems Consulting division. He worked on several IT Strategy projects that turned into complete year 2k PeopleSoft implementations. Armed with lessons learned from Arthur Andersen and two boutique consultancies, Evan ventured into selling and delivering his own services. Over the last 9 years, the business has focused on the financial services industry. Evan also completed his CMC (Certified Management Consultant) certification mark which is awarded by the Institute of Management Consultants USA and represents meeting the highest global standards and ethical canons of the profession. Fewer than 1% of all consultants have achieved this level of excellence.
Our core team members each have 20+ years of experience in strategic technology consulting and financial services operations. Each has held executive level positions including CIO (Chief Information Officer) and CTO (Chief Technology Officer) where they drove innovation and change. Our previous Broker Dealer experience includes AIG Financial Advisors, Woodbury Financial Services, Gunn Allen Financial and Waddell & Reed.
In addition to supporting the Business School Mentor Program at the University of Miami, SMD maintains active memberships with the PMI (Project Management Institute); IMC USA (Institute of Management Consultants, USA); AMA (American Management Association) & SIM (Society of Information Management)