Bank of America Nevada State President George Smith works with many business people in his role. He also has to think like a businessman to manage operations at headquarters and the many branches located in Nevada. He also manages the marketing, strategy and growing the client base at the bank. Smith oversees the business banking division for the entire nation from the Las Vegas office. Smith leads his team serving the business needs of over 30,000 companies with revenues of $5 million to $50 million across the United States. Bank of America operates over 50 banking centers in Southern Nevada..

(Photo Courtesy of George Smith)

(Photo Courtesy of George Smith)

Smith holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from California State University, Fullerton and a master’s degree in finance from California State University, Fullerton.

When it comes to business, Smith explains, “It is important to understand cash flow of the bank’s business, the cash flow of the client’s business as well as how both the business client and bank make money.” Those pursing a higher education in business can understand this important relationship between financial institutions and owning and/or managing a business on a higher economic level.

Smith also advised that, “A degree, especially an advanced one, gives you opportunity and opens doors.” He explained that one has to perform “once you walk through those doors,” but people with a higher education get more chances. Smith said he knows he was offered opportunities that he might not have received had he not pursued and received his advanced degree.

Smith always encourages people to continue their education. “You get better jobs as well as operate a business more effectively. Your skill level is raised and you understand the different aspects” of business and how to be an effective leader. Smith speaks with educators at all levels to help students of all ages understand why obtaining an education is so important to understanding the intricacies of business.

Debbie Hall is practically a Las Vegas native (34 years and counting) and loves experiencing everything in Southern Nevada from the Las Vegas Strip to the surrounding mountains and Lake Mead. She also teaches at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and loves sharing her knowledge. Her work can be found on


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