Ewell Smith serves as an independent consultant and as the Executive Director of the Carolina Loggers Association. Leveraging prior crisis experiences, Ewell created Logs For The Cause to aid first responders and veterans impacted by Hurricane Florence. Prior to CLA, Ewell was Executive Director starting the Gulf Seafood Institute which is now the to go-to source for Congress for all fisheries issues related to the Gulf of Mexico. Ewell’s the co-chair of GSI’s Gulf Seafood Foundations’ crisis committee.
Prior to GSI, Ewell was the Executive Director of the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board building the Louisiana Seafood brand nationally and entering into to global markets. Ewell led the Louisiana and Gulf seafood industries through two of our nation’s largest disasters, Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill. Ewell created and served as Executive Producer of the Great American Seafood Cook Off seen of Food Network and PBS.
Prior to his time with the seafood board, Ewell traveled the US as a spokesperson at major universities and architectural firms representing the Southern Forest Products Association. He holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of New Orleans, a bachelor’s degree in Science from Louisiana State University and he’s a graduate of NFI’s Future Leaders and LSU Ag Leadership Development programs.