SAN JOSE, Feb. 28, 2012 – Intuit president and CEO Brad Smith will chair the American Heart Association’s 2012 Silicon Valley Heart Ball at Stonebrook Court, the Los Altos Hills estate of Kelly Porter.
A premiere Silicon Valley social event, the annual Heart Ball unites the region’s philanthropists, business leaders and medical experts in support of cardiovascular research to fight heart disease, the No. 1 cause of death in the United States.
“The American Heart Association has made a profound difference in millions of people’s lives through its research into heart disease and stroke,” Smith said. “I’ve seen the impact of heart disease firsthand and am proud to serve as chair of the Silicon Valley Heart Ball to help raise money that literally saves lives.”
This year’s event, scheduled June 2, promises to be very special thanks to the generosity of Kelly Porter, who offered to host the Heart Ball at Stonebrook Court, his Los Altos Hills home. Porter, is Partner a Managing Director of Woodside Capital Partners, a global investment bank. He specializes in advising software and Internet services companies on mergers and acquisitions, and financing transactions.
Smith became Intuit's president and CEO in January 2008, culminating a 5-year rise through the company. Mountain View-based Intuit is a leading provider of business and financial management solutions for small and mid-sized businesses, financial institutions, consumers and accounting professionals. As Intuit’s CEO, Smith is leading the company’s transformation to a connected services company which includes Software-as-a-Service, mobile and other digital services that can be accessed any time, any place. Today, more than 35 million people are using Intuit’s connected services.
Before being named CEO, Smith was senior vice president and general manager of Intuit's Small Business Division. Prior to that, he led Intuit's Consumer Tax Group, which produces TurboTax, and the company’s Accounting Professionals division.
Before joining Intuit in 2003, Smith was senior vice president of marketing and business development at ADP. He also held various sales, marketing and general management positions with Pepsi, Seven-Up and Advo, Inc. Smith earned his master's degree in management from Aquinas College in Michigan and a bachelor's degree in business administration from Marshall University in West Virginia.
About the American Heart Association Founded in 1924, the American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to building healthier lives free of heart disease and stroke. To help prevent and treat these diseases — America’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers — the AHA funds cutting-edge research, conducts lifesaving public and professional educational programs, and advocates to protect public health. To learn more, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit americanheart.org.
Chaired By: Brad Smith, President & CEO of Intuit, Inc.
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