Byron Smith, Sr. is the president of Metropolitan Realty Group, Inc. (“Metropolitan”) located in Vienna, Virginia. Metropolitan provides real estate advisory and brokerage services to its clients as well as commercial real estate education and training services both domestically and internationally.
For more than 42 years, Byron has been a real estate investor, attorney and real estate broker in the Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia real estate markets. He has served as an attorney for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as well as a real estate attorney fora large Washington, D.C. K Street law firm. Over the past 42 years he has invested in multi-family and office properties in the Washington, D.C. metro area.
Byron has been a member of the CCIM Institute's Faculty for 24 years. He has provided commercial real estate education and training to thousands of real estate professionals and has received numerous faculty awards including the Senior Instructor of the Year for CI 101, the Senior Instructor of the Year for CI102 and the Robert L. Ward Instructor of the Year (the faculty's highest teaching award).
Byron is a founder of CCIM Institute’s Cultural Diversity Education Program (CDEP) which works to develop a critical mass of minority CCIM designees who can positively impact their respective communities and the commercial real estate industry in general. The CDEP reaches out to minority that have historically been underrepresented in the commercial real estate industry. Through this program, minority real estate professionals are introduced to the CCIM Institute's education, technology and networking. Since the program’s inception, more than 1,600 minority real estate practitioners have been introduced to the CCIM Institute's education program, the CCIM Institute and the commercial real estate industry. Many of these participants have gone on to earn the CCIM Designation and to become leaders in the commercial real estate industry.