With entrepreneurial spirit, F. Ron Smith co-founded the LA boutique real estate powerhouse Partners Trust. Through his leadership style and visionary marketing tactics, the company, sold in 2018 to Pacific Union (now Compass), grossed more than $10 Billion in sales. Consistently a top producer since beginning his career in real estate over thirty years ago, F. Ron has been involved in more than $3.5 Billion in residential real estate transactions, crediting his long-term success as a local real estate expert with strong community connections and the satisfaction that comes from introducing clients to a home that fits their needs and a neighborhood and community lifestyle that matches their interests. As a trusted advisor in all-things-real estate, from construction to home staging, color palettes and landscaping, Ron has an innate sense of how to get a property ready for sale, maximizing a home’s ability to achieve the highest sales price possible.
Ron joined forces with David Berg to form Smith & Berg Partners. With a shared command over the local market and wicked sense of humor, David and F. Ron, with their group of extraordinary team players, represent business leaders, celebrities and residential developers, as well as individual buyers and sellers. Smith & Berg have brokered some of the most notable real estate deals on the Westside. Their properties are consistently featured in the Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Curbed and The Hollywood Reporter, among many others, and they are a sought-out resource for all media outlets.
Ron’s expertise in new construction aligns with his passion and affinity for architecture and design. A long-time Westside resident, F. Ron lives in Brentwood with Tracy, his wife of 31 years, and is enormously proud of their two sons, Evan and Brandon. F. Ron is a world travel enthusiast, enjoys fitness, good wine, great coffee, concerts and USC football at the LA Coliseum. David and F. Ron are active and generous supporters of numerous charitable organizations, including Children’s Burn Foundation, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, The Jewish Federation, Phase One, Concern Foundation for cancer research and scholarship programs at USC. When it’s not a client interaction or the closing of a deal, you can bet that adding fuel to F. Ron’s fire is either the discovery of vintage sipping tequila or a top-notch espresso drink. His dedicated “research” has concluded that the Mandorla, an almond milk capp from local shop Caffe Luxxe is one of the best brews around.