Clay Smithers is the Founder and CEO of UpRiver Geographic Information Systems. His company was founded in January 2011, is based in Orange Park, Florida (Clay County) and serves the business community by providing support to marketing, sales and business development efforts. If your company is asking itself questions like “Where should we open a store?”, “How can we optimize our existing stores?” or “Who are the potential prospects for our sales and marketing efforts?” UpRiver GIS can help you answer these questions and many more.
The company has a diverse background providing GIS for environmental, transportation, and urban planning for engineering, design and municipal service providers. UpRiver GIS has one full-time employee, three part-time employees and has found great help from resource agencies like the Small Business Development Center at the University of North Florida, Cowork JAX in downtown and Web.com’s Entrepreneur Day. The book titled “The Trusted Advisor by David H. Maister” helped Clay go through a career transition when he launched his company that prepared him to be an adviser to other companies.
Clay has learned a lot during his entrepreneurship journey and he encourages others to recognize that owning your own company means you’ll work harder than you ever have before. “You’ll love the outcomes of working hard while having the ability to be flexible” he said. Clay is an award recipient of the ESRI Special Achievement in GIS for his work with GrowFL.