I’m actually a lawyer by training, and I started my career working with and fighting for small-to-medium, regional American companies. They made or distributed things from plumbing and auto parts, to construction and medical equipment.
To me, these companies are among the best of American industry. The leaders of these companies were focused on their people and communities. They brought good-paying jobs and opportunities to people and places across the nation that struggle to win in the new global economy. They hoped to grow through innovation, efficiency, sales and exports.