Rick Smith

Rick Smith

Managing Director

Phone: (256) 715-7715
Fax: (256) 715-7714

Richard J. Smith - 35 years of investment experience

Rick began his career as an investment professional in 1980 at First National Bank of Alabama, NA where he was the manager of the Trust Department and responsible for the management of personal and corporate trusts.  Through trust investment activities, he met and was recruited in late 1983 by managers of AmSouth Bank, NA to open a Huntsville office for the bank’s Bond Department.  The department specialized in fixed income investments.  He was the first Registered Representative hired for an AmSouth branch location.  In October, 1987 Rick was recruited as Branch Manager of the new Huntsville branch office of Morgan Keegan & Company, Inc., a southeastern regional New York Stock Exchange member firm.  He grew and managed the office for fifteen years and was elected a Managing Director of the firm.  He was a founding member of Morgan Keegan’s Investment Management Consultants Advisory Group and was awarded the firm’s highest honor, the Circle of Excellence Award for Community Service.  After almost 24 years at Morgan Keegan and faced with the sale of the firm, he resigned to form Smith Thornton Advisors, LLC with Steve Thornton.  

Rick earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science from Shorter University in Rome, Georgia where he is a member of the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame for his four years as a Captain of the tennis team.  After college, he earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Alabama School of Law.  He is a member of the Alabama Bar Associationbut is not currently practicing.  Currently, Rick is a member of the Board of Directors of Broadway Theatre League and is a Trustee of the Jane K. Lowe Charitable Foundation.  Previous board service includes Habitat for Humanity of Madison County, the Huntsville Madison Country Library Foundation, and as a Trustee of First Presbyterian Church.  Rick is also a member of IMCA, the Investment Management Consultants Association.

Rick is married to Sherry Jordan Smith.  They have two children; Hayley Smith Henderson, owner of Element Dance Studio in Huntsville, and Will Smith, Portfolio Administrator at Smith Thornton Advisors, LLC. 



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