As often as possible, Jeannette Smith, general manager of OKC Outlets, tries to get out and walk the center’s more than 90 name-brand stores. [PHOTO BY STEVE GOOCH, THE OKLAHOMAN]
As often as possible, Jeannette Smith, general manager of OKC Outlets, tries to get out and walk the center’s more than 90 name-brand stores. [PHOTO BY STEVE GOOCH, THE OKLAHOMAN]

A long-distance runner, Jeannette Smith of southeast Edmond logs plenty of miles before she goes to work. But after she arrives at her office, she puts in countless more steps.

Smith is the newly named general manager of OKC Outlets (formerly The Outlet Shoppes) — at Interstate 40 and Council Road — which was bought in early May by The Outlet Resource Group of Maryland whose management partner is Toronto-based Avison Young.

Most days, Smith tries to get out and walk the center’s more than 90 name-brand outlets, which include Coach, Michael Kors, Nike, Loft Outlet, Disney, Vera Bradley and Columbia Sportswear. Four stores — Roosters Sunglass, Bath & Body Works, ECCO and Spencer’s — opened just this spring, and Russell Stover will open this summer.

“It’s like running a small little city,” said Smith whose staff of 12 manages retailer relations, market-specific advertising, housekeeping, landscaping, painting and more.

“That includes everything from making sure the lights in the parking lot are changed, windows cleaned and sidewalks, power-washed,” Smith said.

Smith, 54, has worked at the center as a marketing consultant for the past year and has more than 20 years of experience in the shopping center industry.

From a sidewalk picnic table at the mall, she sat down with The Oklahoman on Tuesday morning to talk about her life and career. This is an edited transcript of the interview:

Q: Tell us about your roots.

A: I’m an Air Force brat. My father was career military and we moved every 18 months, until I was in the fifth grade and we settled in northeast Edmond. I was born in a suburb of Chicago, spent first grade in Iceland, second…