Marquett Smith '85: Achieving His "Best Possible"
Marquett Smith ’85 is driven by his mission to maximize his potential. “I grew up in the ghetto of Washington, D.C. I’m fortunate to be where I am today,” he says. He is currently the president of the Washington/Baltimore/Virginia region for Verizon Wireless. He holds full profit and loss and operational responsibility for a $2.8 billion revenue stream for the nation’s largest wireless company. He’s a two-time winner of Verizon Wireless’ President’s Cabinet Award for sales excellence and the prestigious Verizon Chairman’s Award for outstanding business leadership. “I look back on things that I have accomplished, but I’m not done yet. I don’t hang up plaques. I’ll put them up when I’m done,” he says.
Smith says it’s important to balance work life, community engagement and family life. “Sometimes you need to measure your success by those you help along the way. Not your personal success, but how many lives you have positively impacted along the way,” says Smith. In addition to sitting on the boards of Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Redskins Foundation, Smith has committed $50,000 to endow The Cassidy Achievement Resources and Equality Fund (C.A.R.E.) at Radford University. The purpose of the fund is to assist students from diverse ethnic backgrounds at Radford University who experience an immediate personal need for funds to continue their college education.