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Steve Smith

Director of Innovation & Product Development

FlightSafety International

Steve Smith is an aerospace executive with extensive experience in innovation, data analytics, product development, and go-to-market strategies. Steve is currently serving as Director of Innovation & Product Development at FlightSafety International, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway and a leading provider of pilot training services and virtual flight simulators. In this role, Steve develops concept-to-market product roadmaps and leads multiple cross-disciplinary Agile teams innovating a wide range of new, industry-leading flight simulator and pilot training technologies and products. During his 25 years at FlightSafety, Steve has become an industry-recognized expert in the areas of helicopter simulation, innovation, data analytics, and reverse engineering technologies. Steve is a patent holder, a recipient of numerous corporate and industry awards, and a frequent public speaker. Believing a rising tide of innovation raises all boats, Steve is an advocate for accelerating innovation and technology in the Tulsa area and works with community, academic, and other corporate leaders promoting such development. Through 36deg N and MassChallenge, Steve enjoys advising and mentoring multiple startups and entrepreneurs, especially in the areas of innovation, product development, and go-to-market strategies. Steve also serves as a judge for the annual pitch competition at MassChallenge Texas and has led group innovation and product development seminars for Austin, TX area entrepreneurs. Steve is also on the Board of Directors at the Tulsa Air and Space Museum. Steve holds a Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Kansas and an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management.