Jean Smith, event manager of the East and West Dearborn DDAs and market manager of the Dearborn Farmers and Artisan Market, supports coordination of more than 60 annual events and oversees market management, training and supervision. Recruiting and managing more than 100 seasonal vendors. Smith also served as market master for the Dodge Park Farmers Market in Sterling Heights from its inception in 2015 until 2020. Smith has more than 12 years of experience as a vendor in various farmers markets and earned her Market Manager Certification from the 2016 Michigan Farmers Market Association (MIFMA) Market Manager Certification Program. In both 2018 and 2019, Smith was named Mentor of the Year from University of Michigan-Dearborn. That same year, Smith earned her Associate in Applied Science degree in MGT Development, Business Management from Oakland Community College in 2017. Smith graduated with a Bachelors in Professional Communication in December 2019 from Siena Heights University, and plans to continue her studies thereafter, working towards a Masters in Professional Leadership.