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About Us


Auxano Development was established in 2018 as a Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) and a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) for the general purpose of facilitating real estate development.


As managing member, Mr. Smith will utilize his 20 plus years of real estate development experience to create sustainable real estate development.

People are the foundation of our business.  Relationships are paramount for success.  Every development built must be of the highest quality.  It is a living operational representation.  It's Auxano Developments business card.

Meet our Managing Partner


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Meet our Managing Partner


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  • 25+ years experience

  • Developed close to $1 Billion in real estate

  • Adept in all facets of the development process including site selection, strategic planning, & negotiations

Throughout Mr. Smith’s career, he has been successful in representing some of the largest corporations in the world in creating joint venture relationships with development groups in local markets around the country. These joint ventures helped further the growth of relationships as well as advanced the efforts of providing quality sustainable market-rate, workforce, and affordable housing. Having developed just under $1 Billion dollars in various real estate including multi‐family housing, office, and medical office  projects. His ability to work with non‐profit, government agencies, and for‐profit partners has been instrumental in his success. His experience has involved projects that included but not limited to traditional bank financing, HUD, Freddie, Fannie, and loan assumptions.


Mr. Smith has been involved in all facets of the development process including site selection, strategic planning, feasibility analysis, site contract & acquisition, entitlements & zoning changes, negotiations with all third‐party professionals. Focused on bringing projects in on‐time and on‐budget begins with identification of general contractors, bidding, and managing construction through completion all while strategically developing and implementing a lease‐up and stabilization plan. Focused on fairness, Win‐Win situations creates the best environment when issues inevitably occur. Team is always the best approach.

Community Involvement

  • Founding Board Member – Advance Community Fund

  • Board Member – Dallas Community Development Partnership (Previous)

  • Founder – Metroplex Education of Youth Sports
    (501c3 – mentorship organization)

  • Board Member – Greater Southwest Black Chamber of Commerce

  • TAAHP Board Member 


  • Miami University, Oxford, Ohio

    • MBA, Finance

  • St. Mary of the Plains College, Dodge City, Kansas

    • BA, Accounting with emphasis in Business Administration

  • The Ohio State University – Fisher College of Business, Columbus, Ohio

    • Executive Education

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People are the foundation of our business. Relationships are paramount for success. Every development built must be of the highest quality. It is a living operational representation. It's Auxano Developments business card.



These relationships where created at various times over the last 20 plus years.  Roles and Responsibilities include but are not limited to: Joint Venture Creation, Site Selection, Financial Modeling, Design, Development Plan, Preparation of Investment Deck, Legal Structure, Community Engagement, Local Government Support, Entitlements, Profession Team Selection, Construction Pricing, Construction Contracting, Construction Completion, Marketing, Management, Lease-up, Operations.

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