Layla Wright, Director of Purchasing, Smith & Associates
Layla Wright is director of purchasing, service programs, and peripherals for Smith & Associates. She manages sales and purchasing teams specializing in production and shortage support of hard drives, optical devices, LCD panels, and PC spare parts. She also manages vendor managed inventory (VMI) programs and other special supply chain services for Smith's customers worldwide. She can be reached at

Todd Traylor, CPU Commodity Manager, Smith & Associates
Todd Traylor joined Smith in 1997 and has served as CPU Commodity Manager since 2003. His duties include reviewing and evaluating all purchases and sales of CPUs by Smith worldwide. He works extensively with Smith's traders, coordinating CPU trading activities, developing Smith's customer base and CPU service programs. Todd's prior positions include Managing Director of Europe for Smith (2002-2003), General Manager of Smith's Amsterdam office (2001), and Trading Manager in Houston (1999 to 2001). He is a 1991 graduate of Texas A&M University, having received his degree in Business Management (Business Analysis and Entrepreneurship). He can be reached at

Dustin Ford, VP Corporate Strategy, Smith & Associates
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

Nora Gibbs, Account Executive, Smith & Associates
Nora's experience working with Smith & Associates' customers taught her quickly that quality is their foremost concern. Working closely with the engineers at her core accounts, she has been instrumental in the development of Smith's extensive testing procedures. She is currently at Smith's newly formed Singapore branch, and is using this experience with the Asian market to further her knowledge of supply chain logistics so she can develop long-term stocking programs with her core accounts and help ensure that suspect parts are kept out of the open market. Nora can be reached at

Matthew Hartzell, COO, Smith & Associates
Matt Hartzell leads Smith & Associates' operations and administrative functions worldwide. He joined Smith as General Counsel in 1998 and was named COO in 2008. He can be reached at

Mark Bollinger, VP Marketing, Smith & Associates
Mark Bollinger joined Smith & Associates in 2000 to build its business development team and now heads Smith's marketing efforts. He was formerly with the Federal Communications Commission (1993-2000), where he managed the wireless telecommunications spectrum auction program. Mark received his BA from William Jewell College and his JD from the University of Missouri School of Law. He can be reached

Todd Banker, Memory Commodity Manager, Smith & Associates
Todd Banker is Smith's Commodity Specialist for Memory and has spent 16 years as a Smith trader specializing in the memory markets. He is responsible for the continued development and growth of Smith's memory business, supporting Smith's traders worldwide in the evaluation of memory suppliers, coordinating purchasing efforts for memory, and maintaining inventory on consistent demand memory items. Todd first took on the role of Commodity Manager from 1999 to 2002. After managing Smith's California office from 2002 to 2007, he returned to his Commodity Manager position. Todd earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in theatre from Southern Methodist University.

Megan Pedigo, Assistant Director of Purchasing, Smith & Associates
Megan Pedigo manages Smith & Associates' peripheral purchasing team, supporting the organization of the company's worldwide transactions on hard drives, opticals, LCD panels, and PC spare parts. She oversees customer VMI programs and forecasting and procurement for service customers. Megan joined Smith in 2001 as a sales assistant to Smith's global offices, and has since served as a member of the support staff for service programs, the Operations Manager of service teams, and as Director of European Operations until late 2011, when she took on her current role. She is IDEA- and IPC-certified. She can be reached at

Ken Neusaenger, Director of Training, Smith & Associates
Ken Neusaenger joined Smith & Associates in 1994, serving in a variety of roles, including sales representative, training manager, VP of sales, and director of IT. In 2000, he transitioned to a new role as CEO of ZettaWorks, an IT-consulting startup. Between 2006 and 2012, he worked in a variety of public education programs, returning to Smith in 2012 to oversee the company's training and development programs. Ken earned his Bachelor's in business management from Texas A&M University. He can be reached at

Kirk Wehby
Kirk Wehby joined Smith and Associates in 2008 to head worldwide operations and quality. He was formerly Director of Operations and Supply Chain for Cardone Industries (1997-2008), where he managed startup and integration of operations in Belgium and Mexico. Kirk received a BS from Oral Roberts University and MBA from Westchester University. He can be reached at

Art Figueroa
Art Figueroa, Manager of Facilities & Corporate Security, Smith & Associates Art Figueroa is a key player on many fronts at Smith & Associates. He joined Smith in 2004 as Corporate Security Manager and now oversees facilities, sustainability efforts and environmental programs, health and safety, and security for all Smith offices worldwide. He spearheads the global sustainability plan, a comprehensive effort to implement alternative energy sources and green business practices with the goal of making the company a carbon-neutral supply chain partner. Before coming to Smith, Art was in management at Securitas Security Services and Questia. He received his BA in Political Science from the University of Houston in 1994 and is a member of TAPA Americas. He can be reached at

Todd Burke
Todd Burke is a Senior Executive at Smith & Associates where he specializes in major account support and development.  With over 16 years at Smith his experience also includes serving as General Manager in the company's Guadalajara office and expertise in distributor and OEM sales. Todd holds a BS in industrial distribution from Texas A&M University and an MBA from Christian Brothers University. He can be reached at

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