Lee Koury

President, Smart Business Magazines and Events

As President of Smart Business Magazines and Events, Lee has overall operations and P&L responsibility for Smart Business Magazines, Smart Business Events and all related digital properties. The company’s offerings include 17 management journals, conferences across the country and full digital and social media capabilities. As a member of the company’s leadership team, Lee also plays a key role in establishing corporate policies and developing the company’s long-term corporate strategy and growth plans.

Prior to joining Smart Business Network in 2002, Lee founded and chaired the Growth Group and E-Group, which focused on working with middle-market growth and technology companies, at the national law firm of Arter & Hadden LLP. While at Arter & Hadden, Lee was a corporate transactional attorney, specializing in mergers and acquisitions and private financings. Lee has authored and published numerous articles and spoken and moderated at conferences on various topics pertaining to his legal practice. He has also served on the Executive Council of the Young Lawyers Section of the Cleveland Bar Association and on the Advisory Boards of the International Angel Investors Institute and the NEOSA Angel Network.

Lee holds a B.B.A., with distinction, in Finance and Marketing from the University of Michigan, School of Business Administration and a J.D. from Case Western Reserve University, School of Law.

Fred Koury

President and CEO, Smart Business Network

Fred Koury co-founded Smart Business Network in 1989 with a single publication in Cleveland, Ohio. In the years since, he has brought the Smart Business magazine concept to 17 markets in 10 states with monthly publications that focus on the management skills and best practices of successful business leaders. While the magazine had a humble beginning focusing on small business news, it grew in size and stature and now focuses on the middle market in print and online. The various editions of the magazines have showcased the CEOs from some of the top brands in the world, including McDonald’s, Southwest Airlines, The Limited, and also featured some of the world’s most recognizable business leaders, such as Ted Turner and Jack Welch. From the magazine base, Koury has rolled out a series of business networking events that connect CEOs with some of the brightest business minds in the nation. The company is also involved with Ernst & Young’s high-profile Entrepreneur of the Year event, serving as the media sponsor in several cities and using its resources and connections to make sure top entrepreneurs get the recognition they deserve.

More recently, Koury has led the transformation of Smart Business from an analog business to a digital one. The company expanded into being a provider of competitive business intelligence, began providing search engine optimization and social media guidance to clients and created specialized online content to meet customer marketing needs. To meet the ever-increasing demand for content for both print and digital outlets, the company started creating custom content for clients several years ago and recently acquired The Wise Group, a company specializing in the custom content field.

In addition to building Smart Business Network, Koury created the largest business-to-business trade show company in Ohio, Premier Expositions. After growing the company in five years from scratch into a substantial and profitable operation, he sold it in 1995 to focus on his publishing operations.

Under his leadership, Smart Business has been active in many local charities, including the United Way, Make-A-Wish Foundation and Youth Challenge, an organization providing activities for children with disabilities.

Koury has served on numerous boards, including the United Way of Greater Cleveland, The National Conference for Community and Justice and St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church. He is a member of The 50 Club of Cleveland, a prestigious group of top business leaders in Greater Cleveland. He also serves on U.S. Bank’s Northeast Ohio Advisory Board, which consults with and provides advice and feedback to the bank’s president and senior management team.

Fred’s formal education includes a business finance degree from Bowling Green State University in 1985 and graduate work at The Ohio State University.


Smart Business Digital Solutions

Insight, advice and strategy from CEOs, entrepreneurs and senior executives isn’t limited to print and digital magazines, or live events. Smart Business delivers content through multiple channels to satisfy the busy executive on-the-go. 


Smart Business Webinars

Whether it’s catching up on the latest news about health care reform or tax law, or simply delving into the world of innovation, manufacturing or entrepreneurship, our archive of upcoming and recent webinars has what you need. Search the archives or sign up for an upcoming online event.


Email Newsletters

It’s a fast-moving, ever-changing world. Keep up to date on what’s happening with one of our Smart Business email newsletters.


Smart Business Blog

Follow our bloggers as they discuss change management, networking, sales, leadership, and other topics that will help you better run your organizations. 



Want to hear — and see — insight, advice and strategy in top executives’ own words? Check out hundreds of interviews with some of America’s top leaders at our Video Archive.


Event Sponsorship

Smart Business Networking Events


There is no substitute for face-to-face contact

Today, 96 percent of corporate marketing executives use events in their marketing mix. Even with the rise of social of and digital media, a personal, face-to-face setting is vital to relationship building and to access influential business leaders.

Smart Business Events helps our partners overcome this hurdle by hosting a dynamic roster of networking events that engage our vast audience of senior executives. With nearly 25 years of experience in customizing events both big and small, we have the expertise to help your company meet its specific marketing goals.


How does event sponsorship work?

As an event sponsor, you’ll be able to customize your sponsored networking event in a variety ways. Our experienced, professional events team will work with you to figure out all the important details, including:

  • Who do you plan to target/invite to the event?
  • Who do you want to nominate for awards?
  • Who would you like to meet at the event?

It’s your event and we run it for you – every facet from A to Z.


What do I get as a sponsor?

Smart Business Events sponsors receive numerous opportunities. Our experienced events team will work with you to tailor your sponsorship to meet your needs.

Highlights include:

•             Industry exclusivity

•             Your company name/logo in all event collateral for a six-month promotional plan

•             Collaboration with the Smart Business Events team focused on your company’s                    prospecting needs

•             Recognition in the event presentation

•             A speaking role at the event

•             VIP seating at the event

•             The event attendance list


What are the benefits of event sponsorship?

Companies can experience a number of significant benefits as a result of sponsoring networking events. You’ll be able to: 

1.       Expand your network and make connections that can lead to new business opportunities.

      2.       Align your company message with relevant, quality content delivered through a                  first-class affair.

      3.       Gain exposure to ideas and best practices that you can apply to your own                          business.

4.    Stand apart from your competition and position your company as local industry              leader.

5.    Create goodwill by supporting the local community and its economic                        development.

6.    Utilize VIP hospitality benefits to enhance business relationships. 

Click here for details about our networking events. Contact us or call (800) 988-4726 for more information about event sponsorship opportunities.


Customized Marketing Programs

Customized Marketing Programs


How do you stand out from the competition?

Whatever your marketing goal, Smart Business offers the marketing tools and creative offerings you need to drive results and stay one step ahead of the competition. Whether you want to access specific information about target customers, position your company as a thought leader, increase lead generation or simply build brand awareness, we’ll help you leverage our network of top decision makers, multiple channels and nearly 25 years of content expertise to support your goals.


Direct Marketing Programs

Reach your direct customer in a whole new way with our online and offline direct marketing programs. Using our exclusive circulation list, we can target your specific customers through a single sponsor issue, a gold seal or polybag mailing, an e-newsletter campaign and more. Contact us or call (800) 988-4726 to learn more about such customized programs as:

·         Polybags

·         Belly bands

·         Gold seal mailings

·         Post-It notes

·         Single sponsor issues

·         Circulation list rental

·         Email newsletters

Online Marketing Programs

From digital advertising to hosted webinars to banner ads, every business has the opportunity to make an online campaign part of its marketing strategy. Our capabilities give you a variety of options to develop your company’s online presence. Contact us or call (800) 988-4726 to learn more about online marketing programs.


Thought Leadership

Position your business as the expert to customers, prospects or stakeholders by taking advantage of thought leadership programs such as our Insights Content Marketing, educational webinars and customized e-newsletters – all designed to reach your exact audience. Contact us or call (800) 988-4726 to learn more.


Market Research Programs

Knowing your customer is critical to success in any industry. As your marketing partner, we’ll help you leverage our circulation lists or yours to develop customized market research programs. Through those programs, you’ll get all the information you need to drive results for your company. Contact us or call (800) 988-4726 to learn more about such options as:

·         Questionnaires

·         Internal employee surveys

·         Client surveys

·         Executive surveys

·         Industry/vertical market research


Smart Business Magazine

Smart Business Magazine


Bringing your business to the forefront

From the beginning, the focus of Smart Business Magazine has been unique. Unlike traditional business publications that focus on news and events, each issue of Smart Business features insight, advice and strategy from leaders such as Mark Cuban, Ted Turner and Wayne Huizenga. (See a sampling of the Top CEOs we’ve covered)

Because of this approach, we have fostered great reader engagement among business leaders seeking to drive growth and success in their own organizations. Advertising directly to CEOs takes the guess work out of marketing tactics and allows you to reach thousands of business leaders with the buying power to purchase your products and services.

By sharing the best practices of the nation’s top CEOs and executives, Smart Business Magazine helps business leaders drive growth and success in their own organizations. Yet our unique model also adds significant value for our advertisers and print partners, who benefit from our audience of top executives and influential decision makers across 17 regional markets.

Who reads Smart Business?

  • Print editions: More than 313,000 senior executives nationwide
  • Digital editions: More than 57,000 digital subscribers



Advertising and marketing opportunities


Print advertising

For nearly 25 years, the foundation of Smart Business has been high-impact, creative print programs tailored to meet every budget level and marketing objective. Interested in building your brand and differentiating yourself from the competition? Our experienced staff works with companies of all sizes from many industries to craft memorable print campaigns that capture the attention of business executives and decision makers.

Whether it’s through our print or digital editions of Smart Business Magazine, our advertising programs are designed to deliver you with maximum exposure to our audience.

Contact us to discuss your print campaign or call (800) 988-4726.


Content Marketing Program

The rules of marketing have changed. Your audience is no longer interested in boasts of product superiority; what they want is valuable content that will help them improve their businesses. By participating in our Content Marketing Program, you’ll receive original monthly content to position your business as a thought leader within its industry, market or customer base. In addition, our content experts will help you target and leverage your thought leadership content through print, web, blogs, social media and email marketing to maximize audience engagement.

Contact us to learn more about becoming a Content Marketing partner or call (800) 988-4726.



Smart Business Marketing Programs

Delivering an audience of influential decision-makers

As a national multimedia company, Smart Business Magazines, Events and Books offers a wide range of marketing programs to engage our vast audience of top CEOs and business leaders.

Need to communicate your message to a specific market of decision makers? Want to connect with senior executives? Whether you are interested in creative print campaigns, targeted networking events, customized content marketing, thought leadership opportunities, market research or sponsorship opportunities, we are focused on delivering influential decision makers with buying power in each of our 17 markets.


Reach your audience. 
Smart Business Magazine’s creative print programs and content marketing offerings are a simple, effective way for businesses to strengthen customer engagement and attract new prospects. Read more.


Build brand awareness.
From prestigious awards programs to regional conferences to inspirational philanthropic event, Smart Business Events offers a dynamic roster of sponsorship opportunities for businesses in virtually every industry. Read more.


Share your story.
Ever thought about transforming your ideas about business, leadership and success into a book? Many CEOs, entrepreneurs and business leaders are now bringing their stories to life with the help of Smart Business Books. Read more.

Customized Marketing

Communicate your message.
Smart Business Customized Marketing Programs can target your audience with a laser-focused marketing message that speaks directly to potential customers.

We employ targeted print and online marketing campaigns, market research and other tools to drive your message across key media. Read more.

Contact us to learn more about marketing opportunities through Smart Business Magazine, Events and Books or call (800) 988-4726.

Our Authors

Our Authors

 Join the growing group of authors whose stories — and ideas — have been brought to life by Smart Business Books. Here are some of our authors:

Rick Case, Our Customers, Our Friends (2011)



Tara Coury, The Safe House (2011)



Brian Gale, Good Job, Airplane! (2012)



Mal Mixon, An American Journey (2013)



Robert Schepens, The Great Workplace 2.0 (2013)



Patricia Adams, ABCs of Change (2013)



Diane Egbers & Karen Schenck, The Ascending Leader (2013)




Davis Young, Trust is the Tie-Breaker (2013)














Book Marketing & PR Services

Book Marketing & PR Solutions

Once your book is published — either in eBook or printed format — you’ll want to ensure it gets into the people’s hands you want to read it. Smart Business Books can help you build a comprehensive marketing and PR campaign for you to follow to get the word out and build the buzz around your book.

Learn more or Contact Smart Business Books to get started today.