Sean and Tina Smith, with a combined 10 years of overhead door industry experience and the encouragement of an industry friend, Keen Cornell, started The Smith Company in 1994, and quickly became Cornell Iron Works’ largest volume distributor of coiling doors and side folding closures.
Keen, his son Andrew Cornell, and the many great people at Cornell Iron Works truly partnered with the Smiths, and between the years 1994 and 2001 the company grew at almost $1M per year. This rapid revenue growth caused the Smiths to reach out and acquire the services of Dwyer & Co., a construction centric CPA firm owned and operated by Darrell and Helen Dwyer. Darrell and Helen worked closely with The Smith Company over the years and helped them continue to dominate the Northern California overhead door market.
In January 2005, Andrew Cornell, CEO of Cornell Iron Works, convinced Sean Smith to take over as Cornell’s Vice President of Sales. Later that year, Helen and Darrell Dwyer introduced Sean to Gerard (Gerry) Kearney, a general contractor from Loomis. Gerry worked a deal with Sean to buy the company, and today, with Gerry’s great construction experience, The Smith Company continues to be the leading overhead door contractor in Northern California.