Smith Yewell co-founded Welocalize with his wife Julia in 1997, building it to one of the Top-10 localization firms in the industry. Both Smith and Welocalize have been recognized in many ways including the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award, Deloitte & Touche’s “Technology Fast 500″ from 2000-2012 and the Inc. 500/5000 award from 2005-2012. Smith holds a BA in English from Tulane University. Prior to starting the company, he served in the US Army as a Field Artillery officer and received the Bronze Star for service in Operation Desert Storm during the first Persian Gulf War. Smith plays a very active role in our industry and serves on several Advisory Boards including The Rosetta Foundation , the IBM Open TM2 Initiative and the University of Washington Global Technology Communication Management program.(GTC).
When Smith isn’t crunching numbers, motivating his 600+ employees worldwide or , speaking at industry events, he’s a rock star usually playing his guitar. Yep, he’s the lead guitarist in , what started out as the office band and now has grown into having weekly gigs – Fuzzy Match. You can see them jamming every Thursday night sometimes in downtown Frederick. Not everyday you see a CEO moonlighting as a rock musician. And you’ll most likely see the entire Yewell clan in the audience, including his daughter Katja and wife and co-founder of the company, Julia.