Meet John Smith

John Smith, CPA    


Integrity & Ethics Keynote Speaker | Author of Embracing the Abyss | Presidential Pardon Recipient | Former COO & CFO

– A Financial Executive & CPA turned Ethics & Integrity Speaker, author of Embracing the Abyss (2017): The true story of unknowingly becoming part of a fraud scandal, receiving a Presidential Pardon, and being surprised by a spiritual awakening.

– Offers thought-provoking keynotes & seminars for all types and sizes of audiences; a riveting story exploring the consequences of unethical behavior and the impact on your career and your life


Ethics & Integrity: Accountability • Awareness • Beliefs • Business Ethics • Character • Credibility • Commitment • Consciousness • The Abyss • Moral Compass • Overcoming Adversity • Perseverance

Finance: Administration and Compliance • Public Accounting • Non-Profits

Real Estate: Acquisition, Development and Construction • Mortgage Lending • Real Estate Brokerage


Ethics & Integrity Keynote Speaker | Embracing the Abyss, John Smith, Author (2017)

  • Ethics Keynotes: Presentations to banks, universities, colleges, professional associations & societies and the FBI. 1987 – present

 Managing General Partner | Real Estate Broker/Owner | President of Real Estate Companies, 1991-2017

  • Managing General Partner Real Estate Development Company, Breckenridge, CO (1991-1996)
  • Real Estate Broker/Owner in Texas and Colorado (1995-2008)
  • Real Estate Foreclosures, Acquisition & Rehab (2002-2017)

Member, Board of Directors | Director School Board Summit County Colorado School District & County Housing Authority Summit County, CO, 1992-1995

  • Member Board of Directors of the Summit County, CO Housing Authority (1992-1995)
  • Member & Director of the School Board, Summit County Colorado School District (1993-1995) 

Executive VP, Finance & Administration Dondi Financial/Vernon Savings, 1980-1986

Chief Financial Officer, Dondi Group Inc, 1980-1986

CPA – Public Accounting Alford Meroney & Co/Arthur Young, 1973-1978


BBA, Accounting, 1973, Magna cum Laude

University of North Texas

AFFILIATIONS:  Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow and Vietnam Veteran