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Michael Smitka

Professor of Economics, Washington and Lee University

Skills: economics, Japanese language, Chinese language, German language, econometrics

Career Summary:

I have followed the auto industry for 30 years, including 22 years as a judge for [sorry Wards!] the Automotive News PACE award that recognizes supplier innovation. I am active in the Industry Studies Association and the GERPISA automotive research network, and am an SAE member. Over the years I've visited dozens of suppliers / factories in Korea, Japan, North America and Europe.

Specialties: auto industry, japan, china

Current Roles:

Teaching, Academic Research


PhD, Yale


AB, Harvard

Jul 26, 2016

WardsAuto 2016 Dealer F&I 150 (PDF)

U.S. top 150 dealerships ranked by F&l revenue for 2016. Includes dealership name, owner, city, state, new vehicle units, used vehicle units, total revenue, and finance and insurance revenue....More


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