Joseph W. Smith
CWCDAA Executive Director
StageOne Management, President
A native of Northern California and a true legacy Event Manager, Joe planned his first event in 1985 for the Santa Clara County YMCA. Over the next two decades, Joe refined his gift for Event Management while working for his family's company, Conference Planners, and is currently recognized as one of the leaders in the industry.
In 1996, Joe founded, ATR-Events later purchasing Back to the Future Reunions and Rock Around the Clock Entertainment. In 2008 Joe purchased controlling interest in StageOne Events assuming the position of President of Event Services. In 2011, Joe received Meeting Professional’s International’s coveted Certification in Meeting Management (CMM) and is currently working to achieve the American Society of Association Executives Certified Association Executive (CEA) designation.
As a founding member of the Hawaii Convention Center Corporate Advisory Board as well as a member of the MPI Industry Advisory Panel, Joe has a well deserved reputation among his many business associates and clients as a hands on, low maintenance vendor who can get the job done and get it done well, on time, and within budget.
In addition to his role as President of StageOne Events, Joe also serves as the Executive Director of the California Workers’ Compensation Defense Attorneys’ Association, the Executive Director of the Reunion Planners Association, is the owner of National Reunion Services and is a Founder and Partner of Reunions on Demand.
When not working, Joe volunteers his time teaching Junior Achievement, is a loving father and husband that enjoys golf, Disneyland and laughing over a good bottle of red wine with friends.
“Always do what is right. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest.”