About the Author

Sand in the Gears author Andrew O. SmithAndrew O. Smith is a career manufacturing executive with a long-standing interest in economic policy.  He took his first regular job at a shoe factory in 1982 and spent the early part of his career as a strategy consultant for Booz · Allen & Hamilton.  As Chief Operating Officer of Yenkin-Majestic Paint Corporation, Mr. Smith has first-hand experience in running a diverse chemical manufacturing company.  Through his work he has become familiar with the issues faced by his customer base of manufacturers, which has included producers of truck components, locomotives, televisions, fire equipment, lawn mowers, office furniture, steel buildings, and consumer products.  Mr. Smith earned an engineering degree from the School of Engineering and Applied Science and a finance degree from the Wharton School, both at the University of Pennsylvania.  He earned a JD from the Law School and an MBA from the Booth School of Business, both at the University of Chicago.  There, Mr. Smith was awarded the Olin Prize as the outstanding graduate in Law & Economics.  A native of Bath, Maine, Mr. Smith lives in Columbus, Ohio.