Texas Electric Transportation Resources Alliance Appoints Buzz Smith as Interim Executive Director



December 12, 2023


Tariq Thowfeek, press@seekerstrategies.com, 832.247.4507


Texas Electric Transportation Resources Alliance Appoints Buzz Smith as Interim Executive Director

AUSTIN, TX – Today, the Texas Electric Transportation Resources Alliance (TxETRA) announced the appointment of Buzz Smith as its Interim Executive Director starting January 2024. Smith, a seasoned “EV-angelist” and advocate for electric vehicles (EV), joins the leadership team with a diverse background in EV sales, public speaking, and dealer outreach.

Buzz Smith’s passion for EVs led him to become the first EV-angelist at the largest Chevrolet dealership in the U.S., specializing in plug-in vehicles. 

“Buzz is a perfect example of the transition. He started in the oil and gas industry, moved into selling computers, and has focused on electric vehicle sales and now policy. His appointment as interim executive director is a natural progression of his dedicated work in the EV sector. His ability to connect with people and extensive experience make him the ideal leader to steer TxETRA forward,” said Tom “Smitty” Smith, the retiring Executive Director.

“His ability to connect with diverse audiences, from the EV-curious to environmentalists and industry professionals, makes him an invaluable asset to our team,” said Andrew Higgins, the Board Chair of TxETRA. “With Buzz at the helm, we are confident that our organization will grow stronger and reach new heights in promoting the evolution of transportation.” 

Buzz Smith has been a vocal advocate for electric vehicles and renewable energy, speaking at various events and platforms. His expertise extends beyond EV advocacy with a rich background in vehicle sales, B2B hardware and software sales at Apple, and experience in software demonstration and post-sales consulting. 

“I am deeply honored to step into this role and continue advocating for a cleaner, more sustainable future. Electric vehicles are not just my passion; they represent a crucial step towards a better tomorrow. I look forward to working with the TxETRA team to significantly impact the world of electric transportation,” said Buzz Smith.

About Texas Electric Transportation Resources Alliance (TxETRA)

TxETRA (Texas Electric Transportation Resources Alliance) is a leading organization in Texas focused on expanding electric mobility and driving the policies and actions that will electrify the state. They partner with national, state, and local entities to promote policies and projects that increase access to electric vehicles and encourage adoption.