Mr. Smith brings to C.W. Downer & Co. a strong engineering and financial background that includes significant experience in food engineering, corporate finance and corporate turnaround consulting. From 1977 to 1984 he worked as an engineer in food-related research with the Agricultural Institute in Dublin. From 1984 to 1986, while completing an MBA, he worked with the Recovery Group in Boston, a consulting firm specializing in corporate turnarounds. Upon completing his MBA, Mr. Smith returned to Dublin and worked with Banque Nationale de Paris as a Business Development Manager, engaged in initiating and managing banking relationships with large export-oriented corporations. In 1991 he started his own corporate finance business assisting Irish companies in raising funds both domestically and abroad.
Mr. Smith received a bachelor's degree in Agricultural Engineering in 1977 and a master's degree in Industrial Engineering in 1981 from University College, Dublin. In 1986 he received an MBA from Boston College.