DeForest W. "Frosty" Smith, is regarded nationwide as a leader in the field of real estate. A graduate of Yale University with a degree in International Economics, he is the only Realtor® in the United States to simultaneously hold the designations of Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM), Society of Industrial and Office Realtors® (SIOR), Graduate - Realtors® Institute (GRI), and Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager (CRB).
With more than 45 years experience in the field, Frosty in an expert and innovator when it comes to recognizing a good real estate opportunity. He has been a senior instructor for the Realtors® National Marketing Institute for 30 years, spending four to six weeks each year lecturing throughout the country on investments, taxes, and commercial and industrial real estate. Frosty was also appointed an Adjunct Professor of Real Estate at New York University (NYU) School of Graduate Studies.
Listed in "Who's Who," Frosty has served as president of the then-2,000 member Greater New Haven Board (now Association) of Realtors®, and was voted Realtor® of the Year in 1985. In 2008, the Connecticut Association of Realtors® honored Frosty with the "Harry W. Wenz Good Neighbor Award" in recognition of his lifetime of volunteer service. He is a past president of both the state Commercial Investment Division and the state CCIM Chapter.
He is a director of The Milford Bank and is past president of the Yale Club of New Haven. He is also active in The Milford Club, the Milford Rotary Club, and is the founder and past president of Drug Free Milford, Inc., a nationally recognized anti-drug program. In 2004, he was recognized by the Milford Chapter of the American Red Cross for donating more than 100 pints of blood. An Eagle Scout, he continues to support the Boy Scouts of America.
Frosty is the publisher of Only in Milford: An Illustrated History. He and wife Nancy make their home in Milford. They are the parents of three daughters and the grandparents of eight.