Leighton Smith, JD

Director of Business Advisory

“I am most proud when I help a client accomplish something they were afraid or confused or otherwise unable to do on their own. One example was with a client who had to make the hard decision to remove a family member from a key role in their shared business. In the end, everyone was happier, but it felt scary at the time!”
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Leighton leads the Business Advisory team at BerganKDVHe finds energy in working with curious people and solving business problems for growing companies for sustained success. Leighton has a strong passion for client service which he ensures is carried out through the efforts of the business advisory team.  At a task level, he facilitates conversations with his teams, leads value creation meetings with priority clients, and completes key initiatives coming from the leadership team.  Leighton specializes in leadership, change management and value creation. He is driven to deliver real results to BerganKDV clients and brings with him a breadth of experience ranging from business succession planning to strategic consulting.  

Leighton received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of Chicago, and a Juris doctorate and master’s in business administration from the University of Iowa. Outside of the office, he is actively involved with 100+ Men Who Care, Rotary, and Englert Theatre. Leighton enjoys serving as an Adjunct Professor at the Tippie College of Business at the University of Iowa. 

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