A Chicago, IL, resident and entrepreneur Smita Shah serves as the president of her construction management firm SPAAN Tech, which specializes in public and private infrastructure projects. A well-recognized professional and engaged community member, she was recently listed as one of the city’s 40 Under 40 by Crain’s Chicago Business, which also recognized her as one of the the “100 most-connected” people in the city in 2016.
First issued in 1978, Crain’s Chicago Business is a weekly business newspaper owned by Crain’s Communications Inc. The Most Connected in Focus and 40 under 40 are just two of several lists the newspaper develops each year. Other annual lists include Best Places to Work, Who’s Who in Chicago business, and Fast Fifty.
The 2016 issue of the most connected individuals pointed out multiple well-connected individuals and organizations, including the Museum of Science and Industry and the Economic Club of Chicago. The listing indicated Smita Shah held sixteen organizational connections at the time. In addition to nine governmental organizations, her other connections included Loyola University Chicago’s Council of Regents, MIT’s development committee and many others. In addition, the list covers individuals and organizations that did not make the most connected list and explains why.