Robert F. Smith
Robert F. Smith was introduced to the majesty and tranquility of the Colorado wilderness as a child by his family who have lived in and explored the state for four generations. For Smith, spending time outdoors with his parents helped him to realize vital family connections and his sense of place in the world. Smith is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners, which holds a number of cutting-edge technology companies in the Denver metropolitan area.
Many Angler’s of Honor events take place in the Lincoln Hills watershed. As a co-founder of Lincoln Hills Cares Foundation, Smith helps to preserve not only the area’s tradition of inclusivity, but also to protect the spot as an oasis for Denver-area urban residents seeking a natural respite for generations to come.
Smith’s connections to Colorado run deep and continue to inspire his philanthropic outreach. One of the four tenets of the Fund II Foundation, which Smith serves as founding director and President, is the preservation and accessibility of the environment. Smith understands the benefits to health and wellbeing the natural world can bring to all people regardless of age, ability, race or background.
Robert F. Smith: Environmental Preservation and Education
Smith joined leading CEOs in signing the Business Roundtable’s recommendation that the U.S. innovate to get ahead of Climate Change. He aided the Trail Foundation in Austin, Texas, in their drive to preserve a cherished city trail. Smith brought outdoor education to Morehouse College with a gift enabling the school to purchase land for a park. And, Smith’s focus on STEM education acknowledges his engineering background while looking to the innovative, inclusive solutions he hopes his contributions will bring to science and technology to create a better world.
Smith’s vision and influence is felt through his leadership of Vista, which encourages its companies to support community initiatives in their employees’ neighborhoods. Vista is an Anglers of Honor supporter, and Vista with a handful of its Denver companies helped sponsor a STEM-style SmartLab for students in a neighborhood with few resources. Smith’s donations, to his alma mater, Cornell University, and to the Student Freedom Initiative, a nonprofit independent of educational institutions, are part of his vision of an inclusive and diverse future.
Find out more about Anglers of Honor events and resources available for individuals and families at all levels of cognitive and physical ability.