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Davis M. Smith: Forty Under 40

Congratulations to Davis M. Smith, founder and chief executive officer at Cotopaxi. He was named one of Utah Business’ 2018 Forty Under 40 honorees.


Davis Smith, Cotopaxi - Utah Business 2018 Forty Under 40

Over the last 14 years, Davis M. Smith has had three successful businesses as an entrepreneur. But after his first two ventures, Smith decided he wanted to create a company that would be focused on creative positive social impact. His company, Cotopaxi, is an outdoor gear brand that donates a certain percentage of its revenue to developing countries.

“Building social impact into my business has been one of the most fulfilling things I’ve ever done,” says Smith. “It has been incredibly challenging, but also very satisfying to see that a business can not only do well, but can do good at the same time. It makes coming to work every day exciting and meaningful.”

Smith’s efforts have been honored through the Silicon Valley Community Foundation’s CEO of the Year award, and he was recently selected to be a Presidential Leadership Scholar.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Smith is on the board of the Women’s Leadership Institute and GirlUp, a UN Foundation nonprofit focusing on leadership and education for girls. He is also on a Loan Committee for the International Rescue Committee, and is on the United Nations Foundation’s Global Entrepreneurs Council, where he works with refugees in Jordan, Turkey, Slovenia and Sweden.