General Manager, Clayton Center for the Arts

Named general manager of the Clayton Center for the Arts in 2013, Blake Smith is responsible for the business development of the Clayton Center, as well as oversight of all operational aspects of the facility and the College’s Corporate Sales and Events Office.

Smith came to the College from Houston, Texas, where he was employed with the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts for seven years. He was hired as a facility technical director for the $100 million complex and then promoted to director of operations, a position that included oversight of the center’s two proscenium theatres (seating 2,650 and 500), supervision of operational and technical staff, and budget preparation and forecasting. He also verified contract and legal compliance with various service, equipment and staffing providers, as well as municipal entities.

From 1995 until 2006, Smith was the director of concerts and conventions for Larry H. Miller Sports and Entertainment Group, operating out of the Delta Center Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Smith holds a bachelor’s degree in technical theatre from Arizona State University.

He is married to Natalie Smith, administrative assistant in the College’s Advancement Office.