Paul becomes Dr. Smith!

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  1. EEGMan

    EEGMan New Member

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    PRS Guitars’ Founder Receives Honorary Doctorate from Washington College






    (STEVENSVILLE, MD) April 14, 2017 – Paul Reed Smith, founder and Managing General Partner of PRS Guitars has received an Honorary Doctorate of Public Service from Maryland’s Washington College. The degree, which was in recognition of Paul’s significant achievements as an innovative and creative thinker, was presented to Smith by Washington College President Sheila Bair during a public ceremony on Thursday, April 13.



    Paul was recognized for both PRS Guitars, his successful business that has been designing and manufacturing electric guitars and basses, acoustic guitars, and amplifiers for some of the world’s most prestigious musicians for more than 30 years, and also his new cutting-edge company: Digital Harmonic, LLC, which marries art and science with developed image and waveform technology.

    “Paul is a remarkable example of entrepreneurial spirit; a kid builds a guitar in high school wood shop and ends up as Managing Partner and Founder of the 3rd largest guitar manufacturer in the US. Many would tell you that the company makes the best electric guitars that have ever been made,” stated George Spilich, Ph.D., Director of the Washington College Cromwell Center for Teaching and Learning. “Now Paul is taking his expertise in signal processing and pivoting that knowledge into the creation of a signal processing company that has the promise of greatly improving medical imaging. If all that does not merit recognition in the business world, I don't know what does.”

    “I am very appreciative to be recognized by the Department of Business Management at Washington College,” said Paul Reed Smith. “I hope it serves as inspiration to the students, that regardless of where you start, things are possible with determination, a plan and great work ethics.”

    Paul will join a prestigious circle of honorary degree recipients that includes U.S. Presidents (including George Washington) and nationally renowned scientists, writers, artists, historians, and statesmen.

    Aside from Smith’s professional success, he is also dedicated to giving back to the community through PRS Guitars’ fundraising efforts for the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center Living with Cancer program and his mentorship program which he personally has delivered at dozens of area secondary schools and colleges including Washington College. The mentorship program, which is largely funded by Smith himself, focuses on achieving goals and dreams through positive work ethics and responsibility. Paul is convinced that if he can reach even one student at each program that it is worth his time and effort.





    About PRS Guitars:

    Paul Reed Smith Guitars is a leading manufacturer of high quality instruments in Stevensville, Maryland and has provided some of the world’s most renowned musicians with instruments since 1985. The PRS team of highly skilled craftspeople design and build a wide variety of musical instruments and gear for worldwide distribution, including electric, acoustic, and bass guitars as well as boutique-style guitar amplifiers. The PRS SE line of products complements the Maryland-made PRS line by offering highly approachable and more affordable electric, acoustic, and bass guitars. Carlos Santana, Neal Schon, John McLaughlin, John Mayer, Linkin Park, Orianthi, Blake Shelton, Mark Tremonti, Zach Myers of Shinedown, Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line, David Grissom, Martin Simpson, Tony McManus, and Derek Trucks are among the artists currently playing PRS instruments and/or amplifiers.

    PRS Guitars Info: www.prsguitars.com



    About Digital Harmonic:

    Digital Harmonic invents, codes, and patents new technologies for image and signal/waveform analysis that provide unprecedented data and insights for their clients and partners. Digital Harmonic’s image and signal analysis technologies are applied across broad spectrum of market opportunities broken down to very specific applications. Digital Harmonic currently holds 13 US and global patents for our technology with numerous other continuation patents applied for. www.digitalharmonic.com





    About Washington College

    Washington College was founded in 1782, the first institution of higher learning established in the new republic. George Washington was not only a principal donor to the college, but also a member of its original governing board. He received an honorary degree from the college in June 1789, two months after assuming the presidency. The C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience, founded in 2000, is an innovative center for the study of history, culture and politics, and fosters excellence in the art of written history through fellowships, prizes, and student programs. www.washcoll.edu



    About The James C. Jones, Jr. Seminar in American Business

    The James C. Jones, Jr. Seminar in American Business was endowed in 1978 by the George W. King Printing Company of Baltimore in memory of its former company president. Jimmy Jones, a 1947 graduate of Washington College, served on the Board of Visitors and Governors from 1974 until his death in 1978. In recognition of his work as a chairman of the Alumni Council, as chairman of the annual giving program, as president of the Baltimore Alumni Chapter and in numerous other voluntary capacities, he was presented with an Alumni Citation for outstanding service to Washington College in 1977.





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  2. alantig

    alantig Santana-free since '63!

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    Congrats, Dr. Smith!!!

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  3. pac90

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    Kudos Dr Paul
     
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  4. rugerpc

    rugerpc A♥ hoards guitars ♥A
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    Hey! Warn a fella before posting a giant mug like that!

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    Congrats to Dr. Paul R. Smith. He has the Rx for tōnz.
     
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  5. shinksma

    shinksma What? I get a title?

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    Awesome! Congratulations, Dr. P. R. Smith!
     
  6. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    Doctor, doctor, give me the news!

    Congrats!
     
  7. John Beef

    John Beef Opaque

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    That's pretty sweet!
     
  8. veinbuster

    veinbuster In the cards

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    That is pretty cool.
    I'm not at all surprised that a local school would do that.
     
  9. WiredGuitarist

    WiredGuitarist Authorized PRS dealer
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    Very cool! Well earned.
     
  10. jcha008

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    It's quite fitting. Dr. Paul Reed Smith :D.
     
  11. toothace

    toothace At least I'm good at dentistry

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    Well how 'bout that!!!


    Pretty darned cool!
     
  12. Hollowbuddy

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    It is a well deserved honor!
    Congratulations;)
     
  13. AP515

    AP515 Mostly Normal

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    Well deserved sir!
     
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  14. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc Rah rah ah ah ah!

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    Dr SMITH...Perfect ‼️
     
  16. Shawn@PRS

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    When I saw Paul this morning I said "What's up, Doc?" He said nothing and just gave me "The Look". LOL
     
  17. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    Not sure if you guys have an intercom system.....Paging Dr. Smith, Paging Dr. Smith...would be classic.
     
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  18. rugerpc

    rugerpc A♥ hoards guitars ♥A
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    This just in...

    Long time employee Shawn withered and crushed by 'the look'. Film at 11.
     
  19. Bran_Flakes

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    Nice! Now just a law license and PRS will officially be the guitar of doctors and lawyers :D
     
  20. alantig

    alantig Santana-free since '63!

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