Byron Smith hails from the Charm city, Baltimore Maryland. Born and Raised in West Baltimore City (Pennsylvania Ave area), he is an alumnus of the historic Frederick Douglass High School. He is a graduate from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, where he received his B.S. in Computer Science with a concentration in Business. Byron has worked with several organizations like IBM, ADP, VISA and John Hopkins. These internships and full time employee opportunities provided him professional experience in Enterprise Computing and assisted him with fine-tuning his professional image. The caliber of these companies indicated that Byron possesses skills that are well sought after.
With such a unique and open background, he was asked to be a part of the 2018 SHARE Technology Conference Keynote panel in St. Louis, MO (where he spoke on attracting and retaining Millennials). With the success of the keynote, Byron was selected out of 2000 applicants as an IBM Champion for IBM Z and IBM Security. The Worldwide IBM Champion program recognizes individuals annually who make extraordinary contributions and are subject matter experts in their communities by advocating solutions; sharing their knowledge and expertise; and helping nurture and grow independent communities.
With 2023, being his 5th year as an IBM Champion, he has been one of the leading contributors on Diversity, Inclusion, & Belonging (DIB) in the Mainframe enterprise computing & CyberSecurity industries. Currently, Byron is VP of Mainframe Security at M&T Bank where he leads a team of 4 and provides technical support and facilitate access control throughout the bank system. Additionally, he is a member of M&T’s internal African American Resource Affinity Group where he participates in community service events in Baltimore and the entire M&T Bank footprint. Byron is also a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc, Kappa Phi Lambda Chapter where he is the Social Committee Chair. Also member of National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Financial Service Professionals (FSP), DIB Tech Ambassadors, SHARE Technology Conference Security & Audit Committee, Associated Black Charities (ABC) Board Member Alumnus, Baltimore Young Professionals, member CC.Woodmore Country Club and many more organizations.