Smith & Associates Appoints Brandon Escalante as Trading Manager of California Sales Office
Escalante will bring years of expertise to managing and expanding Smith’s Silicon Valley office
(HOUSTON, TEXAS) August 29, 2013 - Smith & Associates, the largest independent distributor of electronic components, today announces the appointment of Brandon Escalante to the role of Trading Manager for Smith’s Pleasanton, California office. In this role, Brandon will be responsible for overseeing and supporting the transactions of Smith’s California sales team and expanding the office’s initiatives and reach.
Brandon has been a vital part of Smith’s sales team since his 2000 hiring, serving in and supporting some of Smith’s strongest-performing sales groups. In 2012, he took on the creation, organization, and management of trading teams serving key contract manufacturers from a global standpoint as Smith’s Director, Global Account Management. In his new role, he will use his years of industry expertise and leadership experience to facilitate and support his trading team’s work and expand Smith California’s customer base.
“My primary goal is to expand this key office and build its market presence,” said Brandon. “This is a prime region to gain a deeper foothold in, and I hope to leverage our role as one of Smith’s leading sales offices to broaden our customer base and the strong supply chain support we can offer these customers.”
Before joining Smith, Brandon gained deep expertise in the oil and gas industry, working for seven years in natural gas trading with Torch Energy Advisors. He received his B.A. from the University of Houston’s College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.
“Brandon has demonstrated real management skill and brought a high level of professionalism to Smith’s work with some of our most valued customers,” said Marc Barnhill, Smith’s Chief Trading Officer. “We are fortunate to have him running this vital office, and look forward to seeing what else he can achieve.”
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 http://www.smithweb.com/
or, to reach a Smith representative 24 hours a day, please call: 1.800.HOUSTON or +1 713.430.3000.
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