The University of Missouri told him
not to bother returning after his first year because of his poor grades
so Paul left mainstream society for 5 years - riding in a motorcycle club
(with associated economic endeavors), working as a welder, pipefitter,
electrician, machinist, hydraulic system mechanic, and starting an injection
molding business. During this time he continued his Engineering studies
off-and-on night school when he had day jobs and day Junior College while
working 3rd shift.
In 1975 he sold the injection molding business and returned to the University
of Missouri - Rolla full time. In 1977 Mr. Andres graduated with a Bachelors
Degree in Mechanical Engineering (Control Systems specialty). He pursued
graduate level Engineering work in Electrical Systems Engineering, concentrating
in distributed controls and Artificial Intelligence. In addition, he holds
an MBA from University of Chicago (1980) concentrating in International
Marketing with a minor in Corporate Finance.
Paul was one of the management team which in 1985 purchased MOD-TAP, a
physical layer LAN company, from the founder in an LBO. Over the next
12 years this team grew MOD-TAP from a US company of $2 million revenues
to an international corporation with revenues of $80,000,000 and operations
in 14 countries. Mr. Andres was the Marketing and Sales member of this
team with operational responsibility for the in Asia Pacific (Manufacturing
in Melbourne Australia and sales offices in Japan, Korea, Thailand, Malaysia,
Hong Kong, and the Philippines). In 1996 MDO-TAP merged into Molex, a
US$ 2 billion manufacturer of electrical and electronic connectors. In
January 1998 Mr. Andres reduced his operating responsibilities, remaining
on in an advisory capacity until February 2000.
Mr. Andres currently focusses on management of his venture capital firm,
Andres Investments Inc. Through these investments Paul is a Member of
the Board of 7 corporations and an Advisory Member of other companies.
He assists these companies through focusing on technical issues in telecommunications
technologies, international marketing, and sales. He also the founder
and primary funding entity of the Andres Institute, a non-profit arts
and education corporation focussed on increasing the state of technology
in the arts. You can view an outline of these companies here.
Mr. Andres also speaks world-wide on the issues of communications technologies,
trends in computing/communications, human machine interface, and the evolution
of machine intelligence. In 1998 he conducted over 40 seminars throughout
Australia, Asia, the Americas and Europe. For a list of engagements and
go here. Before joining MOD-TAP, Mr. Andres was the technical marketing
member of the start-up team for LDI Pneutronics (1983-85), a manufacturer
of electro-fluidic control interfaces for semiconductor processing, building
automation and medical equipment. Prior to this, he was employed by Parker
Hannifin Corporation, a US$ 2.5 billion multinational company manufacturing
industrial and aerospace control systems, where he held positions in Sales,
Marketing, Research & Development, and Corporate Acquisitions (1977-83).