OUR TEAM

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Terri Smith

Founder and Principle Associate

Henry Canciglia

Founder and Principle Associate

John Elliot

Associate

Jennifer Anderson

Associate

Kenneth Liao

Associate

Gerry Wisz

Associate

Todd Rinehart

Of Counsel

Corban Baker

Intern Alumnus

Terri Smith

Terri Drew Smith is a founder and principal associate of Smith Canciglia Consulting, Inc., a government relations, political consulting, and public affairs firm based in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area. Prior to co-founding Smith Canciglia Consulting, Ms. Smith’s professional career has spanned a variety of top-level political and legislative-related positions, including Senior Vice President of an influential, bipartisan DC-based lobbying firm, as well as over twenty years of experience conducting all facets of lobbying Congress for the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action.

Ms. Smith’s decades of lobbying and legislative skills include experience in grassroots campaigning, drafting/influencing public policy, and frontline political lobbying expertise. As the Director for the NRA’s Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF), Ms. Smith coordinated the NRA’s activities in over 2,000 campaigns for federal office. This included United States House and Senate races and Presidential campaigns. Ms. Smith has met with and provided campaign strategy and support to over 7,000 candidates. Many of these former candidates are now elected officials serving as committee and sub-committee chairmen in both the US House of Representatives and the US Senate.

Ms. Smith’s expertise in the national legislative arena is comprehensive. As the NRA’s Senior Federal Lobbyist, she wrote and delivered testimony before Congressional Committees. She also led the fight for the NRA on a wide spectrum of issues, including campaign finance reform and the Firearms Owner’s Protection bill. She also served as the NRA’s non-governmental observer to the United Nations Environmental Program’s (UNEP) Conference on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).

Ms. Smith has been a guest lecturer in a number of venues, including the National Republican Congressional Committee, the Republican National Committee, Presidential Classroom, the College of William and Mary, George Washington University, and other academic environments, as well as campaign schools and seminars such as those sponsored by Campaigns and Elections. Ms. Smith has been interviewed numerous times on radio and television regarding both legislative and political issues. She has also published a variety of articles on Congress, politics, and wildlife issues.

Ms. Smith is an accomplished musician and an active member of the Loudoun County Symphonic Winds. She serves as an officer on the Board of Directors for the Loudoun County Community Bands, Inc. She is also a member of the Washington Redskins Marching Band. Ms. Smith currently resides in Northern Virginia.

Henry Canciglia

Henry Richard Canciglia is a founder and principal associate in the government relations, political consulting and public affairs firm, Smith Canciglia Consulting, Inc.  A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York, he was commissioned in the United States Army.  Canciglia distinguished himself during his 25-year military career in a variety of assignments and disciplines, first as an Airborne Ranger Infantry Officer; and upon graduating flight school, as an Army Aviator in a wide range of operational flying commands; and finally in a series of high-level assignments in the Washington, DC, area to include intelligence and security, and tours at the Pentagon.

Mr. Canciglia graduated with honors from the US Army Command and General Staff College.  He was the recipient of several awards and citations during his military service, and was selected to represent the Army at the White House, serving as an aide to then-President Ronald Reagan.

Mr. Canciglia’s keen insight, high energy, operational experience, and out-of-the-box thinking add to the dynamic problem solving approach employed by Smith Canciglia Consulting, Inc. He is an avid student of military and economic history, market psychology and cycles, and the rise and decline of civilizations, empires and nations.

Mr. Canciglia is active in several military veterans’ organizations. He is an advocate for veteran and humanitarian issues. He enjoys public speaking, and moderating conferences. He lives in Northern Virginia; and enjoys SCUBA diving in tropical waters, as well as downhill skiing.

John Elliot

John Paul Elliott, is an associate of Smith Canciglia Consulting, Inc.  He is a specialist in media relations and training.  Mr. Elliott also directs a television production, research, and communications firm.  His clients include the US State Department, German ZDF Television, German Sat 1 Television, and the Dutch VPRO and EO networks.  Elliott served as Washington Bureau Chief for Tijdsein and 2Vandaag Dutch Television News for twelve years.  He has over twenty years experience as a journalist, writer, and historian.

As Washington correspondent for 2Vandaag Dutch Television, Mr. Elliott covered major news events in the United States such as the OJ Simpson trial, the Columbine shootings, and the presidential campaigns of 1992, 1996, and 2000.  A tenacious correspondent, Mr. Elliott reported from New York City after 9/11, was the first journalist to see the CIA’s declassified documents on the World War II Swedish diplomat Raul Wallenberg, and was the only European journalist to obtain an interview with the president of the Church of Scientology during its dispute with the German government in 1997.  In addition to his television work, Mr. Elliott writes a column about Washington politics for Christian Renewal magazine.

Mr. Elliott has a PhD in European History from Columbia University and speaks fluent German and Dutch.  He has lived in the Netherlands, Germany, and Austria and currently resides in Maryland with his wife.

Jennifer Anderson

Jennifer Leigh Anderson is an associate of Smith Canciglia Consulting, Inc.  She is a specialist in the areas of counterterrorism, intelligence, and national security issues.  With over 25 years of experience in both military and federal service, Ms. Anderson is a recognized expert regarding the threats posed by foreign intelligence and terrorist entities and is conversant in multiple additional facets of intelligence.

She began her career conducting signals intelligence collection overseas while on active duty with the US military.  She is a credentialed Counterintelligence Agent and has training and experience in surveillance and other operational activities.  As a civilian serving in the Intelligence and Threat Analysis Center she became a community expert in terrorism and counterintelligence analysis, ultimately serving as the chief of a terrorism analysis branch that had a worldwide focus.

Because of her exceptional counterintelligence background, Ms. Anderson was recruited by the Defense Intelligence Agency.  At DIA she served as a regional expert involved in assessing the foreign intelligence threat posed to U.S. interests abroad.  Ms. Anderson, who is a Commander in the US Naval Reserves, was recalled to active duty following the events of September 11, 2001 to support operations against terrorism and espionage.  Following this active duty service, Ms. Anderson was recruited by a federal agency and worked on espionage investigations.  Still a reservist, she now serves during drills as the Operations Officer for a Naval Reserve unit that includes both agents and analysts who participate in counterterrorism and counterintelligence activities.

Prior to becoming an associate with Smith Canciglia Consulting, Inc., Ms. Anderson in her civilian positions had briefed the Navy’s General Counsel, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, the Directors of the Defense Intelligence Agency, and other senior officials in the intelligence community.

Ms. Anderson holds a Masters of Science in Strategic Intelligence.  She currently lives in the Washington, D.C. area with her husband.

Kenneth Liao

Kenneth Zhiqiang Liao, is an associate of Smith Canciglia Consulting, Inc. He brings a unique perspective and understanding of business, politics and culture, having lived extensively in both China and the United States. Born in China, Mr. Liao earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science with Zhongshan University in Guangdong, China. He came to the United States in 1983 where he earned his MS degree in Electrical Engineering from Rice University and his MS degree in Advanced Mathematics from the University of Houston.

Mr. Liao has more than 25 years of industry experience in software development and networking. He was employed at IBM for 6 years, and then at Cisco Systems for 10 years as a manager of software engineering. He relocated back to Beijing in 2007 to become the Chief Technical Officer for eLong Inc., an Expedia subsidiary in China. He later joined Autohome Inc., a leading Chinese website company, as their CTO.

In 2014 Mr. Liao left the world of software development and information technology so that he could devote his time to market cycle research and finalize the system development of his quantitative market timing and trading model. He has authored several extraordinary studies based on his proprietary, cutting-edge predictive methodology. Mr. Liao has made numerous presentations of his market timing research to international audiences both in the United States and Europe. He and his work are highly respected, and he is a much sought-after speaker at financial and trading seminars.

Mr. Ken Liao currently resides outside of Macao with his family.

Gerry Wisz

Gerry Michael Wisz, is an associate of Smith Canciglia Consulting, Inc., brings an extensive 25-plus year background in journalism, corporate communications, public and media relations, and marketing consulting.  For the past eight years Gerry has managed GW Communications, a public relations and marketing consulting agency headquartered just outside of NYC, a firm known for its results-oriented and high-quality public and media relations services.  GW Communications has had as clients or lead significant project work for companies such as Deloitte & Touche, Ernst & Young, Arthur Andersen (pre-Enron), Morgan Stanley, The Bank of New York, and Intel.  Wisz’s media savvy, counsel, and placement skills have also been sought after by many smaller companies desiring to build a trajectory for venture funding or sale of the company to larger institutions.

Before founding GW Communications, Gerry was Director, Public and Investor Relations for SS&C Technologies in Windsor, CT; prior to this, he was Vice President of Client Services at Lochner & Hawk Public Relations in New York, NY, where he managed accounts and built the company’s capital markets practice.  In the early 1990’s Wisz was a founding journalist of Securities Industry News, which was later sold to Thomson Financial Services and still publishes.

Given his industry knowledge, network and journalistic background, Gerry is a sought-after advocate and company spokesperson.  On a consulting basis, he has performed PR and/or marketing communications services for, in addition to those mentioned, Thomson Financial, FSI Advisors, Sun Microsystems, Hewlett-Packard, as well as several asset management firms (e.g., ThomasLloyd AG, Garrett Capital Management, and ProfitScore Asset Management).  Aside from the many trade publications it regularly works with, GW Communications has placed for its clients numerous articles in Forbes, Forbes.com, Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones, Barrons, Bloomberg, CNN, Financial Times, MarketWatch.com, TheStreet.com, and many others.

Mr. Wisz lives with his wife and four of their eight children outside of NYC.

Todd Rinehart

Todd D Rinehart, is of counsel to Smith Canciglia Consulting, Inc. for corporate, organizational, and personnel security training and assessments. An extremely versatile and accomplished Army veteran of 21 years’ service, Mr. Rinehart graduated from some of the finest and most demanding specialized schools to include being qualified and serving with the Army’s elite Special Forces (10th SF Group). His wide-ranging operational experiences include several Infantry and Aviation tours of overseas duty to include three combat tours in Iraq, flying UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters in special operations.

He is a graduate of Special Operations Target Interdiction Course (Special Forces Sniper School), Hard Target Interdiction Course and Countermeasures Tactical Institute, Advanced Military Operations in Urban Terrain / Close Quarters Combat Course, and many others.

As a certified instructor, Mr. Rinehart has trained both US and foreign military personnel on everything from weapons and tactics to flying a variety of helicopters. Mr. Rinehart developed the “Advanced Tactical Pistol Course” and trained aircrews of the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division (while they were deployed to Iraq) to better prepare aircrew personnel who are issued only a pistol as their primary weapon.

After retirement from the U.S. Army Mr. Rinehart founded “My Last Resort” a company which provides the public the best in personal defense, assessments, and firearms and security training. (www.mylastresort.org)

Mr. Rinehart provides, by special arrangement, seminars to corporations and other organizations. These seminars incorporate a highly sought-after curriculum of awareness education and the development of effective skills and tactics needed to safely and confidently handle potential threat situations.

Corban Baker

Corban D Baker served as an intern at Smith Canciglia Consulting, Inc from 2011 through the end of 2014. He is a 2014 graduate of Broad Run High School, Ashburn, Virginia. He was on the varsity football team, and served as captain of the varsity swimming and wrestling teams. During this time Mr. Baker also participated in the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program, achieving the cadet rank of Chief Master Sargent, E-9, Grade II (Eagle Scout Equivalent).

Mr. Baker went on to enlist in the United States Marine Corps in January 2015. He currently is a Lance Corporal serving with the 1st Marine Logistics Group, Headquarters Regiment, Camp Pendleton, California. Corporal Baker is applying for an appointment to attend the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland and the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York.