Dirk Smith is the COO for Aries Industries, providing leadership and direction for all internal operational functions, from engineering, quality, materials and manufacturing to IT. Dirk has a passion for leading and inspiring teams, developing processes, and implementing tools to drive results and deliver solutions. He believes in setting high expectations and coaching his team to deliver top quality products and best-in-class service.
Dirk’s interest in manufacturing and operations was sparked by his experience in the Army, where he was introduced to manufacturing. That experience and his unmatched work ethic led to a variety of senior leadership positions within the manufacturing industry, most recently as President & CEO of a $60M family-owned, manufacturing business. Prior to that, he co-owned and led a contract manufacturing company that experienced significant growth under his leadership.
Dirk earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Cardinal Stritch University.