Episode 26: Alexis Davis Smith, Julie Frisoni and Ann Smith
All Shine, No Flash
Join us for the latest #AllShineNoFlash conversation with founders of PRecise Communications (Alexis Davis Smith), Frisoni PR (Julie Frisoni) and our own A.wordsmith (Ann Smith)! As public relations veterans they have seen many changes within the industry, but none quite like what the last year and a half brought. Tune in to hear what’s happening in their individual markets (Atlanta, Phoenix, and Portland), plans for returning (or not) to the office, ways to stay relevant for clients and approaches for recruiting and retaining great talent.
How To Build A Business That Creates Impact With Cotopaxi CEO Davis Smith
The CEO.com Show
Clint Betts talks with Cotopaxi founder and CEO Davis Smith about creating a business that generates impact. Davis talks about what it takes to create a successful benefit corporation, leadership lessons he's learned, acquiring PoolTables.com, and the inspiration behind Cotopaxi.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/ceodotcom/message
Davis is the founder and CEO of Cotopaxi, an outdoor gear brand with a humanitarian mission. He is a member of the United Nations Foundation's "Global Leadership Council" and a Presidential Leadership Scholar. Davis was Silicon Valley Community Foundation’s “CEO of the Year” and previously started Brazil’s "Startup of the Year." Davis holds an MBA from the Wharton School, an MA from the University of Pennsylvania, and a BA from Brigham Young University. Davis is an adventurer who has floated down the Amazon on a self-made raft, kayaked from Cuba to Florida, and explored North Korea. He lives in Salt Lake City with his wife, Asialene, and their four children.
Insights on Using Strategy to Respond to Fear with Davis Smith, Cotopaxi Founder and CEO
Perfect Pitch by Kickstart
It’s not uncommon these days to see startups born out of a desire to do a little bit of good in the world. And the good news is that businesses motivated by a social mission have a real appeal to both customers who like the idea of putting their money to good use, and investors who love the kind of focus and passion that comes from a founder on a mission. But balance is the key. So how do founders keep their startups profitable while being true to the heart of their social mission? Today we'll find out as we talk to Davis Smith, Founder of Cotopaxi, a Utah-based outdoor gear company, and venture capital investor Dalton Wright as we bring you both sides of a perfect pitch. In this episode, we’ll cover: Identifying your startup as a B-Corporation and how investors view B-Corp companies How being accountable to investors can actually improve your leadership performance Responding to fear with strategy Davis’s experience with asking his executive team to take a pay cut at the pandemic’s start
Davis Smith is the CEO of Cotopaxi, a leader in premium outdoor gear. But the culture at Cotopaxi is one that has it's roots in the way Davis and his team see the world. Alleviating extreme poverty and living the mantra of "Do Good" are at the core of everything they do. Davis helps us understand the importance of spending the same energy on our family culture as we do in our businesses and the moment he realized he was parenting by default and how he turned that into parenting by design. You will not want to miss Davis' stories this week. They'll be movies someday.Have a great week! Kirk Chugg & Cory Moore
PR Masters Series Podcast, Episode #44 – Alexis Davis Smith
PR Masters Series
About the Podcast The Stevens Group has been presenting the PR Masters Series Podcast for almost two years now. This series is part of the ongoing partnership between The Stevens Group and CommPRO to bring to PR, digital/interactive and marketing communications agencies the wisdom of those who have reached the top of the PR profession. Today’s special guest is Alexis Davis Smith, President and CEO, PRecise Communications, Co-Founder, The Change Agencies. About Our Guest Alexis Davis Smith President and CEO, PRecise Communications Co-Founder, The Change Agencies Building on nearly 30 years of experience and reputation as a trusted communications strategist, Alexis Davis Smith is a leader in Atlanta’s public relations industry and a national voice for multicultural marketing. She is responsible for creating breakthrough and strategic communications programs for major consumer brands. Alexis has provided public relations counsel for leading global companies such as Coca-Cola, Toyota and Pfizer. For Coca-Cola, she has directed nearly 100 PR programs including the launch of the innovative Coca-Cola Fridge Pack and the award-winning Coca-Cola Pay It Forward program. Her work with the world’s No. 1 automaker, Toyota, has enhanced its brand reputation among multicultural audiences via media relations, experiential marketing, community and philanthropic activities and strategic partnerships. Alexis maximizes her influence and position to help make a difference in the community. As a result of her recommendations, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store established a scholarship for history students at Spelman College, which continues to assist deserving young people today. In addition, Toyota has donated $20,000 the National Trust for Historic Preservation to help save endangered sites representing important moments and icons in Black history. Prior to establishing PRecise Communications in 2000, Alexis was an account supervisor at Ketchum, a top 10 global public relations firm, where she traveled the world supporting several key consumer accounts. In 1998, she co-founded the agency’s African American Markets Group, the first-ever in-house ethnic marketing team created by an international PR agency. Her work since that time has established her as a nationally recognized multicultural communications expert. That expertise earned her the position of one of the six co-founders of The Change Agencies (TCA). TCA is the PR industry’s first national collective of firms to offer inclusive communications services to represent, engage and connect with African American, Asian American, Latinx and LGBTQ communities. The group was launched in the summer of 2019 with the objective of changing how marketing communications professionals reach diverse audiences. Alexis has received a number of industry awards including a Silver Anvil, “the Oscar of PR” from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and seven Phoenix Awards from PRSA of Georgia. She is immediate past president of the Black Public Relations Society of Atlanta and a board of director for HOPE Atlanta. The Atlanta Business League has recognized Alexis as one of Atlanta’s leading female entrepreneurs and a top 100 black women of influence. She served on its board for two terms. She is also on the executive committee for PRSA’s Counselors Academy section. Alexis considers herself an advocate for multicultural consumers, helping companies recognize and tap into the viability and business opportunities ethnic groups offer. Her opinion has been featured in the popular industry trades, PR Week and O’Dwyers as well as Vanity Fair. She has also appeared on a number of PR and entrepreneurship-focused podcasts. Black Enterprise profiled her professional journey in a 2017 online article. In addition, she has served as a speaker at various local and industry events including the 2015 Insurers Public Relations Council Fall Meeting, 2015 Public Relations Society of America International Conference, 2013 Black Public Relations Society National Conference and 2018 PRSA Counselors Academy Spring Conference. A Philadelphia, Penn. native and proud graduate of Florida A&M University, Alexis has a passion for women and giving back to the next generation of public relations professionals and entrepreneurs.
Ep 80: Using Your Talents To Help Others With Cotopaxi CEO Davis Smith (Part 2)
Double Your Dental Production Tomorrow | The Team Training Institute | Professional Dental Consultants
In part 2 of this podcast, Davis Smith shares how his passion to help others lead him to develop a company based on values that were important to him, such as giving back. He shares an incredible story about the impact we can have when we go out of our way to help others in need. Guest Bio Davis Smith grew up in Latin America and lived for several years in Ecuador. When he wasn’t in school, Davis was exploring and camping in Cotopaxi National Park. It was here that he developed a lifelong reverence for the strong, hard-working people of the Andes. His time in Latin America also showed him the plight of those in abject poverty. Davis later moved to the United States, where he pursued advanced degrees in business and international studies. He started several successful e-commerce businesses, two of which took him to Brazil, where he lived from 2010 to 2013. Despite his success, he wanted to do more to make a difference in the world. For his next venture, he decided to merge his love of travel with a poverty-fighting business model. Each customer’s purchase would give to those living in the world’s poorest regions. He named the company Cotopaxi to represent the spirit of adventure, optimism, and determination that he’d experienced during his time in Ecuador.
Ep 79: 5 Lessons Surviving In The Wild Has Taught Me About Business With Cotopaxi CEO Davis Smith
Double Your Dental Production Tomorrow | The Team Training Institute | Professional Dental Consultants
Special guest Davis Smith, founder of the outdoor company Cotopaxi and an avid survivalist shares with us his experiences of how surviving in the wild and running a business are not all that different. You’ll learn the 5 lessons he’s learned in survival situations that prepared him to lead his team and business through various crises and challenges. You’ll get exceptional insight as dental practices continue wading through unknown territory brought on by the challenges of the pandemic. You’ll learn The one thing you cannot do whether you're in a survival situation or any other crisis How seeing his friend caught in a current taught him this important lesson What Davis did when he was surrounded by three sharks and how it applies to practice strategy What type of people you need to surround yourself with during challenging times How a rising tide and a satellite phone made him realize this valuable lesson Guest Bio Davis Smith grew up in Latin America and lived for several years in Ecuador. When he wasn’t in school, Davis was exploring and camping in Cotopaxi National Park. It was here that he developed a lifelong reverence for the strong, hard-working people of the Andes. His time in Latin America also showed him the plight of those in abject poverty. Davis later moved to the United States, where he pursued advanced degrees in business and international studies. He started several successful e-commerce businesses, two of which took him to Brazil, where he lived from 2010 to 2013. Despite his success, he wanted to do more to make a difference in the world. For his next venture, he decided to merge his love of travel with a poverty-fighting business model. Each customer’s purchase would give to those living in the world’s poorest regions. He named the company Cotopaxi to represent the spirit of adventure, optimism, and determination that he’d experienced during his time in Ecuador.
24 - The Future of Capitalism: Finding Product-Market Fit while "Doing Good" (Davis Smith - CEO of Cotopaxi)
A Random Walk with Ben Kohlmann
Award winning Cotopaxi CEO Davis Smith is a life-long entrepreneur. From going on Mission to South America to selling pool tables, he's driven impact throughout his life. His current, and most successful venture, is a B-Corp that creates unique outdoor gear, while giving back to the community. We dive into: +What's it's like with a cousin as a co-founder...and the challenges it can bring +How empowering Philippine seamstresses led to Cotopaxi's best selling product +What giving back really means in crisis, from COVID to racial justice +What the future of Capitalism might look like