Smith & Associates Appoints Phyllis Tsu as Chief Information Officer

(HOUSTON, TEXAS) March 17, 2010 - Smith & Associates, a leader in the electronics distribution market, today announced the appointment of Phyllis Tsu to the role of Chief Information Officer. Phyllis will be responsible for Smith's proprietary trading system, ERP and related applications, IT network and customized IT solutions. Phyllis assumes her new role immediately and reports to Matthew Hartzell, Smith’s Chief Operating Officer.

Phyllis TsuOver the past eleven years with Smith, Phyllis has assisted in all phases of Smith's IT services, including Smith's System applications, Infrastructure, Networking, IT Security, Telecommunications and Help Desk. Phyllis earned her bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications in Nanjing, China. Prior to joining Smith, Phyllis gained extensive system management and development experience across multiple industries with both US and China-based companies.

“Throughout her tenure, Phyllis has demonstrated great diligence, loyalty and continued growth in her areas of expertise. Phyllis has been vital to our success in maintaining and improving our IT systems, and we will leverage her experience to support Smith's industry-leading sales and services through IT,” said Hartzell.

“I welcome the challenges that this new position presents. Smith offers a range of Supply Chain Strategies that integrate IT with Smith’s wealth of information and expertise in the electronics market. I look forward to working with my team and rest of Smith colleagues to bring our Supply Chain Management System and our industry leading proprietary trading platform to the next level,” said Phyllis.

About Smith & Associates - Founded in Houston in 1984, Smith & Associates ( 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 250 people worldwide, with annual revenue in excess of US$300 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, and Seoul. For more information or to reach a Smith representative 24 hours a day, please call: 1.800.HOUSTON or +1 713.430.3000
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For more information, contact:
Mark Bollinger
Smith & Associates
V.P. of Marketing (713) 430-3000

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