Zach Smith

I am thrilled to be a part of the OLIO team and honored to be selected as the first member of the OLIO residency program. Financial planning was not on my radar when I first came to Virginia Tech, but one of my brothers suggested I check out the finance department. I attended an introductory meeting to financial planning sponsored by the national Financial Planning Association (FPA) and got hooked.  

While I attended VT, I had a number of different jobs on campus. During my first semester, I worked in Owen’s dining hall doing everything from washing dishes to cooking Philly cheese steak sandwiches. Another interesting job during the fall of my junior year was painting the football field at Lane Stadium and the practice field. The job description also included lining the girls and boys’ soccer fields along with the softball field. I also got to mow the grass and trim weeds in and around the football stadium a day or two before every home football game. Most of the work was done in the early morning before classes started. 

My affinity for VT began from a very young age. I am very close with my family and we are huge Hokie fans. In fact, I have great childhood memories attending most of the VT athletic games including football, basketball, soccer, softball and baseball. I believe someone from my family has attended all of the VT football bowl games except for one in Texas.  

From a work standpoint, one of most influential figures in my life thus far has been a supervisor I had as a teenager working at a nearby sports complex. This individual always took the time to thank me each day for the work I had done. He never asked me to do anything he wouldn’t do himself and I was always treated fairly. His example is one I hope to emulate as I advance in my career.

 Outside of work, I enjoy spending time hiking, fishing, and hunting. I am a Charlotte Hornets fan and love to attend those games when I can.