Bruce Smart is a retired career businessman with additional experience in government and the management of non-profit institutions. Following a 32 year association with the Continental Group, a “Fortune 100” company (previously Continental Can Company), he retired as its Chairman and CEO in 1985 to become U.S. Undersecretary of Commerce for International Trade in the Reagan Administration, a position he held until 1988. He subsequently served for four years as a Senior Fellow of the World Resources Institute, an environmental policy research organization.
A life-long conservationist, he has written extensively on business, ethics and the environment, and more recently on equine subjects. His book Beyond Compliance: A New Industry View of the Environment describes steps forward-looking companies are taking to adapt to and benefit from changes driven by environmental needs.
In Virginia, Bruce has served as a member of Loudon County’s Zoning Ordinance Working Group and as a member of the County’s Tax Equity Committee, considering the financial and environmental consequences of rapid unregulated growth. He was Chairman and Trustee Emeritus of Notre Dame Academy of Middleburg, and was Senior Warden of Trinity (Episcopal) Church of Upperville. He is currently a member of the Virginia Governor’s Commission on Climate Change.
He is a graduate of Harvard College and holds a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from MIT. From 1943 to 1946 he served in the U.S. Army Medical Department, and again from 1951 to 1953 as a First Lieutenant in the Army Corps of Engineers. He and his wife Edith have lived in Uppervile, Virginia since 1987, where they own and manage a horse and cattle farm. They have four grown children, eleven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.