V. J. Smith
V.J. Smith is a professional speaker and published author. He graduated from South Dakota State University in 1978 and spent the decade of the 1980s working for the Allied Signal Aerospace Company in Kansas City. He returned to his alma mater in 1990, working for six years in the SDSU Athletic Department. He was appointed Executive Director of the SDSU Alumni Association in 1996. In January 2007 he left that position to pursue a career in professional speaking. Smith travels the country and makes over 100 speaking appearances a year.
In March 2014, "Meeting and Conventions Magazine" named V.J. as one of the favorite speakers of meeting planners throughout America.
He is the author of the best-selling book, The Richest Man in Town. The book details Smith's relationship with a little old man who ran a cash register at a local Wal-Mart. "That guy changed my life," Smith says.
Smith is a two-time finalist in Toastmasters International's "World's Championship of Public Speaking." He is also the author of, Can You Hear What I See and Jackrabbit Tales.
V.J. is the President of Life's Great Moments and resides in Brookings, SD.