Book Ian to Speak

Ian loves speaking! He has delivered over 100 presentations on creating remarkable businesses and executing acquisitions. Material is based on his near 3 decades in business as a finance director, venture capitalist, investment banker in Europe and over the last 15 years in New England as the CEO of an award winning IBM business partner and interim CEO/COO of several Inc. 5000 businesses. Ian’s favorite topics include:


  • Entrepreneurship – Building Business Buyers Love To Buy
  • Mergers & Acquisitions – A blueprint to maximize integration success
  • Sales – How Curiosity Leads to Success


He is equally happy delivering a story in a board room setting or an auditorium. His latest book, The Acquirer’s Playbook offers a practical guide on how to beat the odds of successful deal making. He has published books on entrepreneurship, mergers & acquisitions, management buy-outs and how to sell your company.

The Smith Report Blog has published posts almost ever week since 2008 and has a strong following around the globe. As a young athlete Ian was a member of the Scottish International track squad at 800m. He returned to track in 2006 as a more mature masters athlete and has enjoyed world-class status since his return. To book a paid speaking gig contact Ian at

 The Acquirer’s Playbook Launch Party & Why Acquisitions Fail.