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Rick Smith

Senior Vice President

Hughes Marino

One California Street
Suite 1650
San Francisco, CA 94111

Phone: (415) 431-3211



Rick Smith is a senior vice president with Hughes Marino, an industry-leading commercial real estate company specializing in project management, tenant representation and building purchases.

With over 35 years of experience in engineering, construction and project management, Rick is adept at managing complex client projects across multiple disciplines. Prior to joining Hughes Marino, Rick was senior director of global facilities for Élan Pharmaceuticals and was previously director of the Engineering Pharmaceutical Division for Abbott Labs.

Utilizing his expertise in office, lab and manufacturing design and construction, Rick completed several notable tenant improvement projects for Élan Pharmaceuticals including: an expansion of the company’s South San Francisco Campus (190,000 SF of office, lab and vivarium space); an executive office space in Cambridge, Massachusetts (6,500 SF); the design and construction of corporate offices in Dublin, Ireland (20,000 SF); offices in Zug, Switzerland and Stevenage, United Kingdom; and the design and construction of a clean room in San Diego.

In addition, Rick’s extensive skillset includes budget development and management, real estate acquisition and disposition, facilities and capital planning, project management, strategic planning, Environment, Health and Safety (EH&S) compliance, site security, personnel management and Good Laboratory Practice / Good Manufacturing Practice (GLP/GMP) design.

Rick earned his Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering at Purdue University and his Master of Business Administration at Keller Graduate School.

  • Education
  • — Purdue University, B.S. in chemical engineering
  • — Keller Graduate School of Management, MBA
  • Civic and Charitable Activities
  • — Canine Companions for Independence — Volunteer