Smaiyra Million is an experienced CEO, investor, and advocate for advancing the entrepreneurial ecosystem. She spent thirty years as a successful operator of luxury hotels, spas, and health clubs. As CEO of Millennium Partners Sports Club Management (Sports Club/LA & Reebok Sports Clubs), Smaiyra was named to the Top 100 Women Led Businesses in Massachusetts in 2011, 2012 and 2013. In 2014, she was inducted into the YW Academy of Women Achievers. Earlier in her career, she spent nearly a decade with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, in numerous managerial roles. She served as part of the hotel company’s opening team, traveling both internationally and domestically. She also served on the team that supported the awarding of the Malcom Baldrige Quality Award, given by the Department of Commerce; the hotel company was the first service company to win this award in 1992.
After the successful sale of Millennium Partners to Equinox in 2014, Smaiyra served as an operating and investment partner at Highland Consumer Partners, focusing on the retail and consumer sectors. She joined the investment and academic communities with the goal of leveraging her network, as well as her marketing, operating, and team building expertise, to benefit up and coming entrepreneurs.
At Babson College, Smaiyra served as the inaugural director of both the Diana International Research Institute (DIRI) and the Butler Institute for Free Enterprise through Entrepreneurship (BIFETE) prior to being named executive director of the Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship.
Smaiyra has served as a member of the board of directors for StriVectin, Paint Nite, Artists for Humanity, and the Frank & Eileen™ Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership at Babson College, as well as on the five member Personnel Board for her hometown of Hingham, MA. She also advised the founders of HighCourt and Brio Systems. She currently serves on the board of Junior Achievement of Northern New England.