Governor Nathan Deal has appointed technology executive Russell Smith to a three-year term on the Georgia Technology Authority Board of Directors.

Mr. Smith is the CEO of RTS Associates. He is a graduate of the Entrepreneurs Organization/Massachusetts Institute of Technology Entrepreneurial Master’s Program. He is involved with the Entrepreneurs Organization, the Young Presidents Organization, Yale CEO Summit, Leadership Georgia, Leadership Gwinnett, and the Boy Scouts of America. He also serves on the board of several startup companies. Mr. Smith's career in telecommunications began as a BellSouth co-op while attending the Georgia Institute of Technology as a President’s Scholar. During the 1990s, he held numerous engineering, software development, and managerial positions for several telecommunications companies. Mr. Smith founded RTS Associates in 1998.

In addition, Governor Deal re-appointed Paul F. “Pete” Wellborn to a second, three-year term on the Board. Mr. Wellborn is the founding partner of the Atlanta law firm of Wellborn, Wallace and Woodard, and specializes in technology and Internet law.

The GTA Board of Directors is comprised of seven members appointed by the Governor, two appointed by the Lieutenant Governor, two appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and one non-voting member appointed by the Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court.