With over 30 years of marketing and communications experience, Clay created SmithGroup Ltd. A native of North Carolina, Clay attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Upon graduation he began working at his father’s firm, Arthur Smith Enterprises, and quickly attained the role of Producer for the nationally syndicated Arthur Smith Show. Clay also served as General Manager of Johnny Cash’s entertainment companies House of Cash and Song of Cash, administrating an overhaul of the company’s technology and communications.
As an Executive Producer, Clay became one of the original program suppliers to ESPN. He built an impressive stable of entertainment and sports programming as head of the Entertainment Division of Jefferson-Pilot Communications. More recently, Clay served as CEO of ASE Management Group, with clients including the United States Golf Association, United States Sportsfishing Association, United States Olympic Committee and the National Marine Manufacturers Association.Now, as Managing Partner of Smith Group, Clay manages entertainers and professional athletes. He also serves as Managing Director of Arthur Smith Enterprises and Clay Music Corp., a global music publishing company.