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Linda Smith


FINRA Series 79 Registered Investment Banking Representative
Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA)
B.S., University of Rochester, Optics and Mathematics

M.B.A., Babson College

Linda has 25 years experience in merger & acquisition advisory, strategic marketing, product management, sales, engineering, and business valuation. Her track record includes successfully identifying market opportunities and developing, managing and financing growth for both public and private companies.

Linda founded Ceres in 2005 to serve photonics technology business owners that were largely unserved by existing investment banks and business brokerages.

She has working experience across markets - from optical components and lasers to analytical instrumentation and medical devices to end-users in pharmaceutical manufacturing and semiconductor processing. Linda held senior and executive product management, marketing, and sales positions at Thermo Electron/Spectra Physics, LINOS Photonics/QIOPTIQ and Melles Griot - market leaders in photonics, lasers, and optical instrumentation. She also held executive marketing positions at early and late stage venture capital funded companies commercializing silicon based integrated optics and MEMS based photonics technologies. 

She is a member of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneurial Winning WomenTM class of 2008.  She is an elected Senior Member of SPIE, the International Society for Optics and Photonics.