CEO TS Aerial Media, LLC and Training & Recruiting Manager for Flying Lion, Inc.
Tenacity, balance, and focus are essential elements in the formula that Tonie Smith uses to be effective in promoting the growth and prosperity of professional teams, small and large. Her approach is to focus on people…process…and productivity…in that order. She’s enjoyed success training, coaching, and restructuring teams in a variety of industries, including Real Estate and automotive recruiting and sales, managing recruiting programs and events for the GM BEST Jobs program and Realogy Corporation’s MAP to Mastery.
By applying the same techniques to smaller teams and individual clients, Tonie continues to build bridges between emerging technology and her clients. To realize her goal of creating a scalable brand of professional drone services, she established TS Aerial Media in 2020. She also joined Flying Lion, Inc. to develop an effective hiring and training process for remote pilots working in public safety.
Tonie’s road to becoming a positive agent for change and an advocate for ‘explorers of possibility’ included stops at the University of Wisconsin, Grossmont College, the Canadian Institute of English, and frequent learning opportunities in the field. Apart from professional commitments, Tonie studied Spanish, Mandarin and indigenous languages and volunteered her time abroad.
She enjoys networking as a member of Women & Drones and supporting STEM initiatives and the local DronePros team. Tonie also continues to work with Drone as First Responder programs for Police Departments in Southern California, where she currently lives.