Dustin Ford is Smith & Associates' newly appointed Vice President of Corporate Strategy, responsible for analyzing business intelligence, formulating plans for Smith's development, and expanding customer reach. He has extensive experience in the electronic components marketplace. He joined the Smith sales staff in Houston in 1999 and in 2001 transferred to Hong Kong to establish Smith's distributor sales division in Asia. Dustin was appointed Director of Sales for Hong Kong in 2003 and in 2005 was promoted to Vice President overseeing the South Asia Region. He opened Smith's Shenzhen office in 2008. He has a BBA in Finance from Texas A&M University and an MBA from the Kellogg Business School. He can be reached at dford@nfsmith.com.