Jeffrey E. Smith
Founder & CEO
Jeffrey E. Smith, a fifth generation Boone County resident, is the Founder and CEO of JES Holdings, LLC. JES Holdings includes Affordable Equity Partners, Inc., JES Dev Co, Inc., Fairway Construction Co., Inc., Fairway Management, Inc., Capital Health Management, Inc. and JES Prime Senior Living, LLC. With offices in Columbia and St. Louis, Missouri along with Atlanta, Georgia, this family of companies is dedicated to building quality, affordable and conventional housing across the United States.
With over 30 years of experience in the real estate and housing industries, Mr. Smith has been active with the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program since the creation of the Tax Reform Act of 1986. He was instrumental in drafting the legislation for the state tax credit in Missouri (1990), Georgia (2000), Oklahoma (2014), South Carolina (2020), Arizona (2021) and Kansas (2022). A recognized leader in the affordable housing industry, Mr. Smith received the first Governor’s Award for Excellence in Elderly Housing in Missouri.
Mr. Smith is a veteran who served as a US Army Captain and in the Army Reserves. He contributes to numerous charitable, civic and educational organizations including: The Missouri Review Smith Prize for Fiction, Non-Fiction and Poetry, Boys and Girls Club of Columbia, Heart of Missouri United Way, The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri, Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre and The State Historical Society of Missouri where he serves as a trustee.
The Jeffrey E. Smith Institute of Real Estate & Capital Markets was founded in 2005 and operates within The University of Missouri’s Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. School of Business. Mr. Smith is a member of the College of Business’ Strategic Development Board, The Herbert J. Davenport Society and recipient of the University’s Distinguished Alumni Award.