Smith & Associates Appoints Vice President of Corporate Strategy

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Smith’s Vice President, South Asia steps into new role to strengthen corporate tactical operations.

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Dustin's understanding of the needs of rapidly-growing, geographically diverse manufacturers makes him a great choice to lead our efforts to enhance the programs we offer our expanding global customer base.

Smith & Associates, an industry leader in the field of global electronics distribution, today announces the promotion of Dustin Ford to its global executive team as the Vice President of Corporate Strategy.

Ford recently served as Vice President, South Asia, leading expansion in the Asia market for over 10 years and drawing from his experience with sales and operations in a rapidly-growing market to create and execute a corporate strategy that includes supporting strategic relationships with many of the world’s major electronics manufacturers. Ford is bringing a tactical focus into his new role to enact innovative business development strategies beneficial to Smith’s growth and its customers’ goals.

As Vice President of Corporate Strategy, Ford will analyze business intelligence, formulate plans for Smith’s development in order to attain company goals, and expand Smith’s high quality of service to current and new customers.

“Smith & Associates is in a strong growth cycle. Our current geographic expansion and growing range of services offer more value to our customers than ever before,” said Lee Ackerley, Co-Founder of Smith. “Dustin's understanding of the needs of rapidly-growing, geographically diverse manufacturers makes him a great choice to lead our efforts to enhance the programs we offer our expanding global customer base. That's why we are excited that a proven expert in complex customer support like Dustin will be in the newly-created role of Vice President of Corporate Strategy for Smith.”

Dustin Ford joined the Smith sales staff in Houston in 1999. Dustin has a B.B.A. in finance from Texas A&M University and an M.B.A. from the HKUST Business School and from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.

About Smith & Associates - Founded in Houston in 1984, Smith & Associates (http://www.smithweb.com) is a leader in the independent distribution of semiconductors and electronic components to electronics and high-tech manufacturers. Smith offers shortage sourcing for commodity and obsolete parts, innovative purchasing and inventory management solutions, redistribution of excess inventory, and component stocking for warranty and repair programs.

A privately held company, Smith & Associates employs more than 350 people worldwide, with annual revenue in excess of US$500 million. Smith's regional hubs in Houston, Hong Kong and Amsterdam are ISO certified and IDEA compliant. In addition, sales and purchasing offices are located in Silicon Valley, Barcelona, Guadalajara, New York, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Seoul, Singapore, Taipei, and Denver. For more information or to reach a Smith representative 24 hours a day, please call: 1.800.HOUSTON or +1 713.430.3000.

For more information, contact:

Mark Bollinger
Smith & Associates
V.P. of Marketing
+1 713.430.3000

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