CEO & President
Emerson Smith is a PhD sociologist and President & CEO of Metromark® Market Research, Inc.
His research interests are in health care outcomes, innovation in biotechnology, the process of technology transfer, international economic development, the dynamics of corporate and group decision-making, including how jurors make decisions, and how organizations communicate effectively with employees, clients, and members of the general public.
He has worked with a variety of regional, national and international companies and organizations. He most recently conducted seminars on technology transfer at research centers in Poland, including the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, the University of Lodz, and the Wroclaw Research Center EIT+.
He received his PhD in sociology from Emory University, his MA from Texas Christian University, and his BA from the University of Texas at Austin. He served as a Leverhulme Postdoctoral Overseas Fellow at the University of Exeter, Devon, England, UK.
His concentration at Emory was in medical sociology. He is a member of the Medical Sociology section of the American Sociological Association.
He has worked at the NIMH/USPHS Clinical Research Center in Fort Worth, Texas, the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas in association with Parkland Memorial Hospital. He has also worked at Emory University as an instructor, at the Wesley Woods Center for Continuing Education in Atlanta, and at the University of South Carolina at Columbia as an Assistant Professor of Sociology.
He is a clinical research assistant professor of internal medicine on the faculty of the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. He is also on the faculty of the American Hospital Association’s Health Forum.
He is a member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.
Emerson serves as a mentor in hospital marketing and in hospital and healthcare research.
He served on the faculty of the Press Ganey Regional Education Workshops.
He is a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certificated flight instructor (CFII) as well as a mission pilot in the Civil Air Patrol, the Auxiliary of the United States Air Force. He is a past South Carolina Wing Commander and holds the grade of Colonel.
He is a commissioner at the Jim Hamilton-L.B. Owens Airport (CUB), the downtown airport in Columbia SC.
He serves the South Carolina Flight Services District Office as a FAA Safety Team Representative.
Born in Chicago, Illinois, he grew up in Dallas, Texas. He lives in Dallas, Texas and in Columbia, South Carolina.
He is a member of the Rotary Club of Five Points (Columbia, South Carolina), a past-president of this club, and a Paul Harris Fellow.
Further information about Emerson can be found on LinkedIn