Stephen Smith enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1981, and rose through the ranks to Captain of Marines. He earned his B.A. at San Diego State University where he also led the NROTC unit as the Midshipman Battalion Commander and was the first graduate of the SDSU NROTC Unit in 1985. He earned a meritorious promotion to the rank of Corporal and provided first line supervision at 4th Tanks in San Diego and later as an artillery officer in Okinawa. He established a Security Force at Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, VA where he received the Navy Achievement Medal before accepting an appointment as a Special Agent of the FBI in 1990. From 2005 to 2009 he taught Leadership topics to first line and senior police executives attending the FBI’s National Academy (FBINA) course at Quantico, while also presenting at the International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) at Budapest, Hungary.
He has also presented on Leadership to FBINA re-trainers at Toronto, Canada, St. Kitts in the Caribbean, and at venues all over CONUS. In his spare time, he earned a post-master’s degree as an Education Specialist with a specialization in Organizational Leadership from Northcentral University. In 2009 he accepted an office of preference move to the Spartanburg, SC resident agency of the FBI where he led an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) until his retirement from the FBI in March of 2016 with 26 years of service.
Stephen remains committed to lifelong learner concepts with a primary research focus in the areas of leadership, ethics, personality, and emotional intelligence.