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John G. Smith is a Financial Executive & CPA turned Integrity& Ethics Speaker and author of Embracing the Abyss (2017): The true story of unknowingly becoming part of a fraud scandal, receiving a Presidential Pardon, and being surprised by a spiritual awakening.  He offers thought-provoking keynotes & seminars exploring the consequences of unethical behavior and the impact on your career and your life with all types and sizes of audiences.  John is also a Director of The Integrity Network (eintegrity.net).  He has been featured in The NY Times, The Wall Street Journal and in newspapers in his home state of Texas (The Dallas Morning News, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram), as well as on television stations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. 

My Background

John Smith was born in Nashville and raised in Oklahoma City and Dallas and is a Vietnam Veteran. After returning to the U.S. (Welcome home Johnny!) he was the honor graduate of his Army Drill Sergeant School. Obtaining an early release to attend college, he graduated Magna Cum Laude from North Texas State University with a BBA in Accounting. He became a CPA and spent five years in public accounting, and after the S&L crisis became an active supporter of affordable housing.


From William J. Morris, Jr., University of North Texas, Professor of Accounting, “John Smith tells in dramatic fashion what can happen……the reaction from my students was apparent, that he deeply impressed them”  — “John Smith’s contribution to the education of these students is incalculable……with remarkable candor about his involvement, he got across some things that neither I nor most other professors can accomplish in a whole semester…. he can make a unique contribution to generations of students”.

From Texas Tech University“Mr. Smith’s insight from personal experience makes him eminently qualified to speak on the issue of ethics, especially the impact that ethical considerations have on business decisions, careers and lives”.

From Vincent  P. Apilado, Professor of Finance, University of Texas at Arlington. “Many thanks for your presentation to my graduate seminar. It was outstanding…..Your presence to us was an occasion of rare quality. We are indebted.”

From Ann Quinn, Team Bank, now JPMorgan Chase “Thank you so very much for an excellent presentation, our Regional Chairman considered you the best speaker we have had.”

From Sue Strickland, University of Texas at Arlington,  Accounting Alumni Association“Rarely do we have the pleasure of hearing such a polished speaker touch on such a thought-provoking topic………we enjoyed your speech tremendously.”

From Wendell E. Edwards, Professor and Head of Department of Accounting, East Texas State University,Texas A&M University Commerce “…. thank you for the outstanding presentation…. your interesting and informative presentation on ethics was right on target. I genuinely believe that yours was the best ethics presentation that I have ever seen…”

Previous Speech Topics

(Un) Ethical Practices in Business and Impact of Ethical Decisions On Your Career and Your Life

Colleges and Universities
Mostly in, Texas

Books I Recommend



New Braunfels, Texas




John Smith is a keynote break out speaker whose readiness lies in sharing his seriously gripping story with all types and sizes of audiences. He delivers on awareness, allowing a deeper understanding of expectations and the consequences of ethical and unethical behavior. His thought provoking presentation includes his presidential pardon, a coming out on consciousness, implied integrity and poignant persistence. John is the author of Embracing the Abyss a true story of unknowingly becoming part of a fraud scandal, receiving a presidential pardon, and being surprised by a spiritual awakening.

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