by JENNIFER FRAKES | photos by Soul of Photography

Renaissance Man

For Rancho Santa Fe resident and businessman Tony Smith, life is an exciting mix of work, philanthropy, fatherhood, and fun. Tony settled in Rancho Santa Fe in 2004 and is a successful entrepreneur with a restaurant, a leadership consulting firm, two children and an active role in fundraising for worthy causes. “My father drove a truck for Texaco, and my mother was a homemaker. I grew up in Santee and went to Santana High. I like Rancho Santa Fe for the good schools, as well as the fact that many good friends live here,” revealed Tony. Tony’s consulting firm, Leadership Research Institute, and his restaurant, Dolce Pane e Vino, are also located in the community.

Tony began his career as a professor, serving on the teaching and research staff of several institutions, including Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business, Oxford’s European School of Management, and the University of California. He then moved into consulting with a focus on organizational change, executive development, and leadership training and design. He serves clients in the financial/banking sector, as well as sports, entertainment, professional services and manufacturing, and production sectors. “I am interested in the human side of business and am proud to be an integral part of building a great consulting firm,” stated Tony, who has also written several critically acclaimed books. His latest book, Leadership Luck, is due out in the beginning of 2015.

With his entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for wine and food, Tony decided to try his hand in the restaurant business. Dolce Pane e Vino opened almost five years ago, and has become a cozy neighborhood hot spot. “I took my inspiration for Dolce from a little place in Connecticut called BIN 228. I spent lots of time there, and between that and traveling all over the world, I realized what works and what does not work. I wanted to create a similar concept to BIN 228 in Rancho Santa Fe,” said Tony.

Tony is also a dedicated father, with two children – Estelle Rose and Dominic Thomas. Estelle is a freshman at The Grauer School and Dominic is a fifth grader at Solana Santa Fe. “Estelle loves volleyball, and Dominic loves school and tennis,” related Tony, who is an active member of the board for The Grauer School. In addition to his commitment to The Grauer School, Tony is also on the board of directors for the V Foundation for Cancer Research.


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At-A-Glance

Name: Anthony Frank Smith
Profession: Consultant
Community: Rancho Santa Fe since 2004
Hobbies: Guitar, reading, golfing, yoga
Favorite Local Spot: Dolce Pane e Vino