Candidate Statement

Mark Smith

Mark grew up in Sarasota when his family moved from Detroit, Michigan in 1963. He graduated from Riverview High School in 1973. Mark received both his Masters in Architecture and Bachelor of Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He and his family moved back to Sarasota in 1990 and to Siesta Key in 1994. Mark has two daughters, Liz 22 and Jackie, 20. Mark is an architect and president of Smith Architects, P.A. in Sarasota, Florida. He is a LEED Accredited Professional as designated by the U.S. Green Building Council. Mark’s office is located in the Siesta Key Village.

Mark has been long active in his professional association and in his community. He has been President of the Siesta Key Village Association since 2005, leading the association through the design and construction of the Siesta Key Village Beautification Project. The Siesta Key Village Association was awarded the 2009 Keep Sarasota County Beautiful Award. Mark is currently on the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Siesta Key Presidents Council, and is a past board member of the Siesta Key Association. He is also on the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Advisory Board, Vice President of the Board of Directors of All Faiths Food Bank, and a past board member of the Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, where he received the “Thanks Badge” - the highest recognition the National Girl Scouts award a volunteer. Mark served as President of the Florida Association of the American Institute of Architects in 2007 where he created a new vice president’s position to head up the Commission on the Environment (COTE). He is currently on the Board of Trustees for the Florida Foundation for Architecture. Mark received the 2009 AIA Florida Silver Medal in recognition of his years of leadership and service that has been a direct benefit to the profession and the community.