Aidan Smith graduated from the University of Maryland with his BS in Mathematics and BA in Economics. He joined the Bureau in 2004 as an analyst on the Annual Retail Trade Survey. He also served as lead analyst over the Food and Beverage Stores and Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers subsectors. In 2009, Aidan joined the Services Indicators Branch as a section chief - responsible for overseeing analysis and publication of estimates for industries within the Health Care and Social Assistance as well as Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation sectors. He received the Department of Commerce Bronze Medal Award in 2011 for expanding coverage of the Quarterly Services Survey to match that of the Service Annual Survey and the Economic Census. Upon becoming chief of the Services Indicators Branch in 2012, he is currently responsible for the oversight of the Quarterly Services Survey, a principal economic indicator that tracks economic activity for eleven NAICS sectors and covers roughly 55% of GDP.