Lightning Welcomes New GM Bill Smith
(LONDON, Ontario) - The London Lightning have named Bill Smith as its new General Manager.
Former General Manager, Taylor Brown, will be making a move to Toronto with his wife.
"I would like to thank Vito and everyone involved with our franchise, including all of our great partners. This was a very tough decision and was strictly for personal family reasons. We have a great staff in place and I will always have a personal connection with the team," said Brown who will be staying on with the Lightning as an advisor.
"Bill Smith will be a wonderful addition to the Lightning organization. He is sure to bring new and exciting ideas to the table."
In its inaugural year, the Lightning approached Smith to become score table manager. He has continued in this role for all three seasons. He has worked with the Western Mustang's Women's and Men's Basketball teams in the same capacity for the past six years.
Locally, Smith has been involved with sports, specifically basketball, both personally and professionally, most of his life. He has been a basketball official for 25 years and sat on the London Board of Basketball Officials as an Executive member from 2009-2013. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the London Sports Hall of Fame from 2004 to present.
Bill has worked for the past 13 years in sports management as the Director of Sales, where he worked locally, nationally and internationally to help facilitate sport events in cities across North America. Previous to that he has held GM and sales manager's positions in the areas of transportation and marketing.
As a player, Smith played for the Fanshawe College Falcons from '74 to '76 and graduated from Fanshawe's three-year Business and Marketing program.
Smith works with other London charities and was the head official for the Gus Macker 3 on 3 basketball tournaments for 10 years in London, Vancouver, Burlington and Windsor.
He is married and has four daughters.
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