Smith & Associates, the largest independent distributor of electronic components, today announces the appointment of Mark Bollinger to the role of Chief Globalization Officer. In this newly created position, Bollinger will oversee the administration of Smith & Associates’ international offices.
As Smith expands and develops its worldwide business, the company is finding it increasingly important to assure that all of its offices have the same unified focus and resources. Bollinger will take on the challenge of supporting this global organization to enhance the development of the company’s global team and to ensure that Smith’s day-to-day dealings, practices, and service to customers are consistently excellent worldwide. He will develop effective communication channels across the Smith global network and travel regularly to all of the company’s international offices to work closely with the teams there in order to facilitate unified business efforts.
“From Bangalore to Amsterdam, our trading teams are pushing to offer our customers new services and support,” said Bollinger. “As our business evolves past the shortage sourcing model of our early years and becomes even more comprehensive, it’s important that everyone is on the same page and primed for the best chance of success. In my new role, I hope to help our global teams achieve this.”
Bollinger has years of experience with Smith to support his efforts in this new role. He joined the company in 2000, focusing on business development, before moving into the role of Vice President of Marketing. In this position, Bollinger oversaw Smith’s worldwide campaigns and was instrumental in organizing his department’s support of trading and the company as a whole.
Before joining Smith, Bollinger worked with the Federal Communications Commission in Washington, D.C., where he managed the wireless telecommunications spectrum auction program from 1993 to 2000. He received his B.A. from William Jewell College and his J.D. from the University of Missouri, Kansas City, School of Law.
“Mark has been an asset to Smith’s business since he first joined the company sixteen years ago,” said Matt Hartzell, Smith’s Chief Administrative Officer. “From his earliest work in business development to the contributions he has made toward developing Smith’s brand and defining our corporate identity on the global scale, he has shown that he knows how to organize and unify Smith’s efforts into something great. We look forward to seeing what he can accomplish in this new position.”
About Smith & Associates
Founded in 1984, Smith & Associates is a global distributor of semiconductors and electronic components and a trusted provider of efficiency-enhancing supply chain services to electronics and high-tech manufacturers. Smith’s investment in advanced in-house labs, a highly trained professional team, and strategically located global support centers offers our partners complete sourcing and inventory management solutions.
A privately held company, Smith & Associates employs more than 400 people worldwide, with over $500 million in sales annually. Smith's regional hubs in Houston, Hong Kong, and Amsterdam are ISO-certified. In addition, sales and purchasing offices are located in Austin, Silicon Valley, Guadalajara, New York, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Seoul, Taipei, Penang, and Bangalore. For more information, see http://www.smithweb.com/ or, to reach a Smith representative 24 hours a day, please call: 1.800.HOUSTON or +1 713.430.3000.