Smith & Associates Appoints Art Figueroa as Vice President of Global Operations

Figueroa will leverage years of security and environmental experience to support supply chain integrity
(HOUSTON, TEXAS) July 31, 2013 - Smith & Associates, the largest independent distributor of electronic components, today announces the appointment of Art Figueroa to the role of Vice President of Global Operations. In this position, Art will be responsible for the management of Smith's global distribution logistics, reverse logistics, anti-counterfeiting efforts, and corporate sustainability.
In his new role, Art will undertake strategies to oversee the continuous development and expansion of Smith's global anti-counterfeiting methods, including the continual review of Smith's global testing facilities’ equipment and the processes and procedures that ensure that uniform implementation and methodologies are followed at all Smith locations. These responsibilities go hand-in-hand with his efforts to ensure uniform standards compliance based on the numerous certifications and accreditations that Smith holds, including ISO 9001 and 14001, ANSI-ESD, CCAP-101, AS9120, and ISO/IEC 17025. Overseeing Smith's life cycle management, strategic sourcing, inventory management for both internal and external customers, global distribution logistics, reverse logistics, and corporate sustainability management strategies rounds out the key responsibilities Art will be undertaking in this new position.
Before stepping into his current role, Art served as Smith’s Director of Security and Facilities since his 2004 hiring. Among his major accomplishments in this role are his management of the Smith headquarters' "Greenovation" project, which won the overall award for Greatest Implementation of Green Building Innovations in the City of Houston's 2012 Green Office Challenge, and his initiating of practices that protect Smith against fraud and counterfeit transactions. During Art's tenure at Smith, he has also played central and critical roles in the development and expansion of Smith's various quality management systems. Prior to joining 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.
“Art has been an integral figure supporting Smith’s stability, security, and environmental initiatives for years,” said Matt Hartzell, Smith’s Chief Operating Officer, “and the experience he brings with him will be an asset in this new role. Under Art’s leadership, Smith will continually refine our strategies and focus our resources on quality issues, leveraging our leading role in anti-counterfeiting and quality assurance to safeguard our customers and the supply chain as a whole.” 
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 350 people worldwide, with annual revenue in excess of US $450 million. 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, Singapore, Taipei, and Denver. For more information, see or, to reach a Smith representative 24 hours a day, please call: 1.800.HOUSTON or +1 713.430.3000.
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