William R. Smith is president of Smith Advisory Group, an advisory firm created to provide clients with strategic planning, management of design, and development and construction for all types of projects worldwide. Smith Advisory Group provides development management services including master planning, feasibility, design, construction, cost management, scheduling, occupancy and project closeout.
Bill formerly served as president and chief operating officer of MGM Mirage Design Group, the company that was responsible for managing the design and construction of CityCenter, a $9 billion mixed-use project located in Las Vegas, Nevada. CityCenter is an 18 million square feet facility and includes a 4,004-room hotel, a 1,832-seat showroom, two luxury 400-room hotels, a major retail facility, 2,647 residential units, and parking for 16,800 cars. CityCenter was developed in 60 months and opened to the public in December 2009.
He has been featured on the cover of Hospitality Construction Magazine (2007), in the Science Channel – Mega Builders TV Series (2008) and Build-It-Bigger TV Series (2009). He participated in two CityCenter Case Studies released by the Harvard Business School (2009) and served as a guest speaker in a Harvard Business School Workshop on Leading Complex Capital Projects (2011 and 2012).
Bill is a graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia with a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture and is a Registered Architect and Member of the American Institute of Architects.