J. LaMont Smith

Adjunct Instructor

  • Management

J. LaMont Smith


SPHR - Senior Professional in Human Resources, HRCI, 1995
MBA, University of Utah, 1982

BA, History/Economics minor, Brigham Young University, 1980


J. LaMont Smith is a senior human resources executive/professional with more than 30 years of professional human resources experience. He has more than eight years of experience as a human resources generalist (implementing and adapting compensation and benefits programs and systems globally) as well as more than 2 decades as compensation, benefits (total rewards), performance management and employee engagement professional, manager and executive.

His early HR experience was as an internal equity expert - focusing on the Hay Group's proprietary point-factor job evaluation method. He managed the internal equity/job evaluation group for over 10 years. After 2 years as a Director of Human Resources in the Audio-Video group, including leadership of the casting function for many large productions, he was promoted to Director of Global Compensation and Benefits (later Global Total Rewards).

During this 10-year assignment, LaMont directed the consolidation of three separate grading systems into a unified global grading system. He led the creation and implementation of a global retirement savings plan for over 40 countries with no employer or government-funded retirement programs. His group provided compensation and benefits for employees in more than 100 countries.

Most recently, he has been the Director and Vice President of Human Resources for FamilySearch, a global genealogical entity. In this assignment, LaMont led the Human Resources function for over 900 employees and more than 5,000 volunteers. His team developed an Employee engagement program unique to FamilySearch (FH5), which resulted in FamilySearch being one of 40 workplaces to be awarded the. 2019 Gallup Great Workplace Award. The FH5 focuses on the employee’s Family, Job, and Career, Manager, Work Environment, and Health.

He has always enjoyed teaching and training, including teaching personal economics to eighth-grade students as a Junior Achievement instructor for a number of years. LaMont taught the Management 6630 class in spring 2020 and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.