SMI Corporation Names Veteran Walgreen’s Executive as CEO

ORLANDO – The Board of  SMI Corporation recently announced that Marlin Hutchens has joined its management team as chief executive officer to lead their  Intelligent Solutions On-Demand™ Subsidiary, iSOD™ Corporation.

During a 40-year career with Walgreens Drug Stores, Hutchens continuously advanced into supervising multiple store operations in the Midwest and the Southeast including Florida and Puerto Rico.

“Marlin Hutchens represents the best of a small class of business leaders who possess the right blend of principles, experience, and accomplishments that make him a highly sought after chief executive officer,” said Dr. Raymond Newkirk, SMI’s founder and chairman.

Throughout his tenure at Walgreens, Hutchens was involved in strategic and financial management, program design, capital development and mergers and acquisitions.

He has been active in community and civic service through the years and he was honored by Governor Rick Scott for unselfish service to the citizens of Florida.  Currently Hutchens serves as board chair of American Heart Association of Orlando, board member of Junior Achievement of Central Florida, and  recently served on the Enterprise Florida board.

“Marlin Hutchens is an exceptional senior executive who possesses an envious record of executive performance,” Newkirk said.

The St. Cloud, Minnesota native holds a BA in Business Administration from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Mich., an MM in Retailing from St. Thomas University in St. Paul, Minnesota, and a Certificate of Strategic Planning and Management from Babson College in Wellesley, MA.

“I believe Dr. Newkirk has created a tool that can help companies and individuals overcome many of the new found obstacles in today’s ever-changing, complex business world.  iSOD is the facilitator to help streamline business solutions and I want to be part of that evolution,” Hutchens said.

SMI Corporation, which provides enduring solutions on demand to clients anywhere in the world, is a client company of the UCF Business incubation Program located at Central Florida Research Park in East Orange County.  For more information, visit

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For more information, media contacts —

Dr. Raymond Newkirk, Founder, SMI Corporation, 407-203-5513,

Carol Ann Dykes, Site Manager, UCF Business Incubation Program, 407-206-2426

Beth Payan or Larry Vershel, Larry Vershel Communications Inc. 407-644-4142

About the University of Central Florida Business Incubation Program

The University of Central Florida Business Incubation Program is a community resource that provides early-stage companies with the tools, training and infrastructure to become financially stable, high growth / impact enterprises. Since 1999, this award-winning program has helped hundreds of local startup companies reach their potential faster by providing vital business development resources.

With seven facilities throughout the region, the UCF Business Incubation Program is an economic development partnership between the University of Central Florida, the Corridor, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia Counties, and the cities of Apopka, Kissimmee, Orlando and Winter Springs.  Participating companies sustain more than 3,600 local jobs and have had a total impact of $1.51B on regional sales and $2.48B on regional economic output. During the last fiscal year, the program has returned $7.95 for every $1 invested in the program. For more information, visit