Senior Seafood Analyst
Andy is a research analyst and project manager specializing in seafood market analysis, feasibility studies, and economic impact studies. Mr. Wink’s investigation of illegal Russian crab and the impact it has on Alaska crab fishermen was featured in a Wall Street Journal article in April 2013. He works closely with the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute – a long-time McDowell Group client – and is a regular presenter at the Pacific Marine Expo.
After spending six years working for the State of Alaska, Andy joined McDowell Group in March 2010. During his tenure in state government, he was a labor economist and worked on the Alaska Fisheries Revitalization Strategy grant program as a Seafood Development Specialist. He was instrumental in developing a methodology to estimate commercial fishing employment in Alaska and produced a comprehensive analysis that estimated labor supply for a potential Alaska gas pipeline. Andy has been the lead analyst on most seafood-related projects since joining McDowell Group, including the 2013 Economic Value of the Alaska Seafood Industry report.
Andy holds bachelor’s degrees in Finance and Economics from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse. He recently moved back to Minnesota to be closer to family after spending 10 years in Alaska. He enjoys fishing, softball, sabermetrics, and hiking.