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Rick Smith

Director of Business Development

Office: 858.997.1834

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Rick Smith is Director of Business Development at Beacon Economics, LLC. He is responsible for growing the firm’s client base, and improving and expanding its business development strategies. Mr. Smith has over 20 years of sales, sales management, marketing, and financial industry experience with a concentration on the home mortgage industry, financial management, and equities trading. His work includes building a deep understanding of our clients' research needs and developing strong connections in key regions across the state. In 2017, he joined the Board of Directors of the Inland Empire Regional Chamber of Commerce.  

Mr. Smith has maintained a long term association with professional proprietary stock trading firm, Bright Trading, LLC. Formerly, he was a senior mortgage loan officer with Bank of America and a home mortgage consultant with Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, Builder Division where he received awards for outstanding sales. Throughout his career in the residential mortgage industry, he has worked in sales and sales management at First Nationwide Bank and Home Savings of America. A Certified Financial Manager (CFM), Mr. Smith was also a financial consultant at Merrill Lynch. He holds a Series 7 Securities License and a California Real Estate Sales License.

A San Diego resident, Mr. Smith holds a B.A. degree in Economics from the University of California at San Diego.

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"Beacon Economics has become an invaluable resource to the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, providing us with data and research that informs our efforts to rebuild the region’s economy."
Gary Toebben, President & CEO, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce

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Ben Stone, Director, Sonoma County Economic Development Board

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