Ken Schmidt is the latest addition to the Smart City family, and overall, his presence is exciting. He has joined the team in a new role as the Regional Director of Operations – Southern California/Southwest. Ken will report to our recently appointed Senior Vice President – Operations & Industry Relations, Julia Slocombe and his position is designed to provide leadership to all Southern California and Phoenix accounts. His hiring represents our company’s continued growth over 2022 and we are eager to see what the future holds.
“So, there are five centers in my region with five very well-established managers,” Ken said. “I’m excited to come in and see how I can help in any way. Hopefully, I can take some of the pressure off them to keep things running smoothly.”
Before joining Smart City Networks, Ken held positions in Technology Management at ASM Global, McCormick Place, and was later promoted to Director of Technology. In that role, Ken was responsible for leading a highly technical and diverse staff and oversaw the design, implementation, and operation of a $170M construction project of the Wintrust Arena.
“I just adore events,” Ken said. “They’re just so much fun and have so many moving parts. Every single one of them is different, and I’ve had the opportunity to work on them on the largest stage for it in the country.”
When asked what initially drew him to Smart City Networks, Ken kept returning to one thing: the people! After building relationships and interacting with Smart City’s executive team over the last few years, all parties involved knew there was a special connection. Smart City believed that Ken would fit with our culture and mission statement. So when this new position became available, we felt it would be a perfect fit. We are beyond thrilled at this collaboration, and Smart City welcomes Ken with open arms!
“I just feel like I’m landing where I belong,” Ken said.