Andrew Thomas II was raised on the outskirts of Columbia, SC as the youngest of 5 children. From an early age, he knew he was destined to be a problem solver. Whether on the robotics team in middle school or as a member of a patent earning collegiate project, Andrew faces each challenge with optimistic enthusiasm. As a Process Engineer at Shaw Industries, he works within a talented group tasked with developing new products, improving processes, and mitigating risks for customers. Alongside his counterparts, Andrew can accomplish this by using his passion for innovation, education, and developing relationships to drive positive outcomes. To make an even greater impact on the organization, Andrew serves as the Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Champion for Shaw’s Fibers Division. In this role, he is able to connect directly with Shaw’s greatest resource – the incredible associates. Along with a team of D&I Champions from other business units, he is implementing impactful D&I initiatives that will continue to make Shaw a great place to work and a leading organization in the flooring industry. Outside of engineering, Andrew enjoys diving into a good book and helping others whenever he can (especially providing opportunities for individuals to build financial literacy in their youth). But he is at his happiest when he can explore the culinary wonders of the world with his wife, Tolu.