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Chris "Smitty" Smith (1966–2020) was a former Microsoft MVP and content developer at Microsoft.
After a successful career in sales management, Smitty started his own consulting firm, where he designed solutions to streamline business operations for companies large and small. While Smitty had wide-ranging technical expertise in various applications and programming languages, his primary focus was Microsoft Excel. Smitty was one of 118 people worldwide to earn the prestigious Microsoft Excel MVP award in 2007, and he was awarded MVP status every year thereafter until 2016, when he joined Microsoft as a Content Developer.
During his years at Microsoft, Smitty focused on Excel documentation, including in-app training content and articles for support.office.com. Thanks to Smitty's superb teaching abilities and his broad range of experience (from advertising to retail to agriculture), he was known for being able to teach Excel to anyone—from absolute novices to elite, advanced users.
Smitty was an uncommonly generous and helpful colleague to many. He answered thousands of Excel user questions on LinkedIn Learning, MrExcel.com, and other learning platforms. Smitty lived his life with gusto and was known for being laid-back, humble, and welcoming to all. He is survived by his wife, Cyndi, and daughter, Campbell. Proceeds from the sale of Smitty's ebook, Excel 2019 Business Basics and Beyond, go to a scholarship fund for his daughter.
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