The ACS Conaid Difference

The ACS Conaid team is a small but mighty mix of communications experts. We provide real-world, cost-effective solutions for public entities, contractors, engineers, and others. We offer knowledgeable leadership through our communications services for your construction projects.

Here’s the team behind this work!

Terri Smith, President – Terri Smith founded ACS Conaid in 1991 and is responsible for the daily business operations and activities of the firm. In addition to managing the firm, she oversees design, administration and implementation of all public information plans for Arizona public works projects.

Smith’s background in public works is extensive, with more than 25 years of engineering construction, management and customer relations experience. She has served as an estimator and project manager for metropolitan Phoenix construction companies, including Arizona Pipeline Company and Triangle Construction. She’s also led public information efforts for project teams, winning various industry awards along the way, including the:

  • Marvin M. Black Award for Excellence in Partnering in 2000 and 2013
  • American Road and Transportation Builders Association 2010 Global Award for Environmental Excellence
  • 2011 Arizona Transportation Partnering Excellence Award

Education: Del E. Webb School of Construction, Arizona State University

Erika Smith Royal – Erika is a communications pro who is regularly involved with planning, communication and jobsite coordination. She is often the company face at meetings with residents, business owners, and contractor and agency representatives.

Before joining the ACS team, Smith Royal worked in the Phoenix broadcasting market, as an on-air personality, promotion director, music director and production director for KSLX-FM. She was a midday on-air disc jockey; planned and organized special events, yearly concert series and specialty programming; coordinated and implemented involvement at the Arizona State Fair and Tempe Festivals; created advertising layouts, copywriting and design; and wrote, produced and voiced station projects including advertisements and on-air promotions. Her background as an on-air broadcaster makes her a natural for leading public outreach discussions.

Education: Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism from Arizona State University

Sarah Andrews – Sarah has been a member of the ACS Conaid, Inc. team for more than 10 years. She is responsible for responding professionally to citizen hotline calls regarding Arizona construction projects. Her duties also include managing the office, logging hotline calls daily, submitting typed hotline call logs to clients, organizing public meetings and events, documenting input from public meetings and managing the production and dissemination of construction newsletter updates. A team player, Andrews assists colleagues to ensure their daily goals and objectives are met, as required. Prior to joining ACS Conaid, Andrews served as administrative assistant to the late Superior Court Judge Peter T. D’Angelo for eight years. Andrews is bilingual, speaking both English and Spanish.

Education: College of Business, Northern Arizona University


In Memoriam

Gary Francis Adam

Gary Francis Adam passed away on July 24, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. He was born on December 13, 1954 to Lorraine and Thomas Adam in Chicago, Illinois. Gary provided design, artwork and illustration for ACS Conaid, Inc. since the inception of the company in 1991. We sorely miss his creative prowess, sense of humor and treasure the many memories of working with such a gifted individual.