James E. Smith

James SmithRegional Growth Manager
Phone: (540) 315-5081
Email: jsmith@genedge.org

With over 35 years of industry experience, James brings proven expertise in product design, quality management, and custom workforce enhancement solutions to his role as a Regional Growth Manager. He started with GENEDGE in September of 2015 and operates from a satellite office located in the Virginia Tech Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE) in Blacksburg, Virginia. James earned his BS in Management and Leadership from Bluefield College, and has considerable education in Manufacturing Technology with a focus in Electronics from East Carolina University. He is certified through the Siemens Technik Akademie of Berlin, Germany to teach the Siemens Mechatronics Systems Certification Program, and to assess program graduates. Prior to joining GENEDGE, he served as Workforce Development Program Manager at Virginia Western Community College in Roanoke. Outside of GENEDGE, James has membership affiliations with various regional organizations including chambers of commerce, city planning commissions, and higher education boards.