Mississippi Elks State Association State Sponsor Hon. Mike Smith
Michael F. Smith was born on October 2, 1949. Michael attended elementary, middle and high school in Plant City, Florida. While in high school, Michael excelled in sports and was named captain of the basketball team. When he was a senior, Plant City High won the state championship. Michael was named MVP of the tournament, captain of the All-Star team, and captain and MVP of the North-South All Stars. Michael attended St. Leo College in Florida on a full basketball scholarship. After college, Michael married his high school sweetheart, Sandra.
Michael has been in the insurance business for over thirty years, primarily in the healthcare field. His practice consists of payroll administration, human resources, plan design, and administration for self-funded and fully insured benefit programs. Michael also works with Innovation HR & Benefits. In addition to the insurance industry, Michael has an active interest in a hotel in St. Petersburg Beach where he is a partner. He serves on the board of directors for the management company and has served as the president of the condominium association for the past twenty years.
Michael, like his father, was initiated into Plant City Lodge #1727 on January 22, 1979. Upon his initiation, Michael immediately became active in Lodge activities and committees.
Michael served the Elks in many positions including two terms as exalted ruler (1992-94). He worked his way through the chairs, spent several years as a trustee, and still chairs the Memorial Day Service each year. Michael was named district vice president and district deputy before serving the Florida State Elks Association as president in 2001-02. Michael sits on several boards for the state, including the FSEA board of directors and he is currently chairman and president of the Harry-Anna Investment Fund. Michael was appointed to the Grand Lodge’s Lodge Activities committee for several years, serving as chairman his final year and has been on the Grand Lodge Board of Grand Trustees and served as chairman of that board.
Michael F. Smith is just one of the many hardworking and dedicated Florida Elks. Michael is convinced that if we “Promote Elks Passion” the Order will prosper. Our focus on Charity, Children, and Veterans will rekindle our desire to serve - which will attract interest and new members.
On the Elks Grand Lodge Level Mike served on:
Grand Lodge Activities Committee, including Chairman
Board of Grand Trustees, including Chairman
Grand Lodge Esteemed Leading Knight
Grand Exalted Ruler 2010-2011
He currently serves the Grand Lodge:
Chairman of Job / Compensation Committee
Chairman of Insurance Sub Committee
Chairmen of Convention Committee
Chairmen-Elect of the Grand Lodge Advisory Committee
Chairmen-Elect of the Executive Committee
Secretary of the Elks National Foundation Committee (ENF)
Member of the G/L Hoop Shoot Committee
Grand Lodge advisor to the Public Relations, Membership & Marketing Committee