Instructor Bio

Sara Dawn Smith

Sara graduated with a B.S. in Management and Marketing from the University in Montana. She worked for the Target Corporation as an Executive Team Lead in the Denver Metro area after college learning specifically why a career in retail was tough! In addition, Sara worked for Dudley & Associates, a coal-bed methane exploration company, as she pursued her MBA at the University of Colorado at Denver. After graduation, Sara worked for Montana Rail Link and determined that she really did like accounting. She returned to the UM to pursue accounting credits and her CPA.

Sara started her career at ALPS in 2003 in the accounting department, became controller in 2007 and took the helm as CFO in 2008. Sara also sits as the Treasurer for the Montana & Idaho Community Development Corporation and for the Missoula Art Museum.

Sara is an avid skier, runner, and mountain biker.

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