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Robert Smiley
Professor Emeritus, Former Dean and Director of Wine Industry Programs

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Smiley is a professor emeritus of management, former dean and director of wine industry programs at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management. He earned both a B.S. in engineering and an M.S. in business economics from UCLA; in 1973, he received his Ph.D. in economics from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. Before joining UC Davis, Professor Smiley was on the faculty at the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University.

He has been a consultant to a variety of public- and private-sector businesses, including Unisys Corporation, IBM, General Motors, Shearson/Lehman American Express, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of the Interior, the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Attorney General of the State of California and McCaw Cellular Communications. He is a member of the board of directors of Cakebread Cellars and Delicato Family Vineyards.

During his tenure as dean, from 1989 to 2003, the Graduate School of Management moved into the ranking of top 50 MBA programs in the nation by The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek and U.S. News & World Report. Under his leadership, the School successfully launched its MBA Program for Working Professionals that now has more than 450 students in two locations, Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area. He also launched the Business Partnership Program, which counts more than 50 regional companies supporting management education at the School.

The director of wine industry programs at UC Davis, Professor Smiley is a noted wine industry economist who studies global and national trends in the industry. He conducts an annual survey of wine industry insiders and CEOs of wineries, vineyards, distributors and wine sellers. He presents his research and findings at industry symposiums and conferences, and executive education programs for wine industry professionals.

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