Smith & Associates Ranks Above Industry Leaders.

November 2, 1999
Smith & Associates Ranks Above Industry Leaders.

Houston, Texas - According to an October 1999 survey by Texas Technology magazine, Smith & Associates has the highest Revenue per Employee (RPE) ratio of any Texas-based, high technology company. Smith & Associates' RPE of $3.43 million outpaced second-ranked Cytronics Technology by more than $2 million and more than quadrupled the RPE of industry leaders Dell (Nasdaq:DELL) and Compaq (NYSE:CPQ).

Smith & Associates was included on the list as part of Texas Technology's "Smashing 60" feature. According to the article, the top five Texas high technology companies based on RPE were: Smith & Associates, $3.43 million; Cytronics Technology, $1.09 million; Dell Computer Corporation, $813,000; DaisyTek International, $777,000; and, Compaq Computer Corporation, $542,000.

In May 1999, Purchasing magazine ranked Smith & Associates' RPE as the highest of any non-franchised electronics distributor, outpacing second ranked Real World ($2.583 million) and third-ranked NECX ($1.805 million).

"Smith & Associates works very hard to recruit, train and keep outstanding employees," explained Lee Ackerley, Executive Vice President of Smith & Associates. "The dedication and diligence we receive in return from those employees is what elevates Smith & Associates to this high standard of productivity and efficiency."

In terms of annual revenue, Smith & Associates has been the #1 ranked Independent Distributor of semiconductors and electronic components for two consecutive years, according to annual surveys by Electronic Buyers News. In 1998, Smith & Associates' revenue totaled $470 million.

About Smith
Founded in 1984, Smith & Associates ( buys, sells, stocks, exports, and imports semiconductors, electronic components, and computer products to manufacturers and resellers of high-technology and computer equipment. Smith also provides in-house value-added services to its customers which include tape & reel component & module testing, component programming, cable & connector assembly, lead forming & trimming, excess stock management, dry packing and bar coding. Smith & Associates has offices in Houston, Hong Kong and Amsterdam.

About SmithMart
Texas Technology magazine ( is the largest technology publication in Texas (Austin, Dallas, Ft. Worth, Houston) reaching over 405,000 monthly readers. The editorial covers everything that is technology and caters to both corporate business and consumer end users of technology.

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