Kraig M. Smith, Commission Member
Federally Chartered Organization Representative
(Advocates Exclusively For Older Persons - AARP Tennessee)
Term of Appointment: October 1, 2018 – September 30, 2024
Kraig Smith is Chief Business Development Strategist with Morris Business Solutions, a company he founded in 2015 to support profit and non-profit organizations seeking scalable approaches for business development and market expansion. Morris Business Solutions designs implementable strategies that breathe life into ideas for start-up firms or retool and revitalize stagnant businesses.
Prior to launching Morris Business Solutions, Smith served as Vice-President of Member Engagement for UnitedHealthcare. He functioned as the chief growth and retention officer and directed marketing and communications strategies geared toward the organization’s 700,000 Medicare and Medicaid Tennessee plan members.
Smith has over 30 years of strategic business development and marketing experience in the managed healthcare and non-profit sectors. He was Regional Director of Business Development for one of the largest hospice companies in the U.S. and served in strategic leadership roles for several managed care organizations. As a consultant for the State of California’s Primary Care Case Management Program, Smith led a team of professionals who created a nationally acclaimed, award-winning welfare-to-work program.
AARP Tennessee appointed Smith State President in February 2017. In this role, Smith serves as the head of the volunteer-driven AARP Tennessee Executive Council and leads the Council in its work with state and national staff to develop the strategic direction for Tennessee. Smith is AARP Tennessee’s principal volunteer spokesperson, engaging with federal, state, and local elected officials to advocate for protection of policies and programs benefitting people age 50+. He is charged with building strong working relationships with diverse populations throughout the state.
Smith says his greatest strengths are his creativity, vision, tenacity and leadership. He thrives on challenges, particularly those that expand an organization’s reach.
Smith has a bachelor’s degree in health planning and administration and a master’s in business administration. He is a widower with three adult children and enjoys golfing and traveling.