Philip S. Smith

Founder / CEO

Founder / CEO

Phil is the Founder and CEO of CAPTEL.  He has over 30 years of experience in directing and managing national organizations which rely heavily on broad-based membership and donor development.  As the Executive Director of the Republican National Finance Committee (RNC) during the Reagan Administration and President Bush (41)’s first successful presidential campaign, Smith grew the size of the Party’s donor base by a multiple of five through direct mail and telephone solicitation programs.

Smith pioneered the use of computer-telephony integration (CTI) and database management (CRM) systems for the Party’s fund-raising operations and developed a number of major contributor programs and events that continue to serve the Party today, including Team 100 and the Presidential Galas.   In 1995-96, Smith was appointed by the Republican Senate Leadership to serve as Director of Finance for the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC). During his tenure, the Committee raised more net funds than at any other time during its history and achieved the largest Republican Senate majority since 1928.

Between political assignments, Phil served as Vice President of Public Affairs for the Dole Food Company (1989-1992) and founded a Washington-based consulting and investment firm in 1992.

Phil received his B.A. from Centre College and completed graduate study in International Affairs at The George Washington University.  His past and present civic activities include board memberships for the American Red Cross, The Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Citizens Research Foundation at the University of Southern California, White House Fellows Selection Committee and Ocean Race Chesapeake.  In 2004, Smith was appointed by the Governor of Maryland to a four-year term as a Trustee of the Chesapeake Bay Trust.

Phil enjoys visual and performing arts, sailing, riding his quarter horse and volunteer work with civic and charitable organizations in Washington, DC, Annapolis, Maryland and in Wyoming.