Smith & Associates Leads Industry with Certified Inspectors

HOUSTON, TEXAS - (October 28, 2008) – Smith & Associates, a global electronic component distributor, today announced that its 23rd in-house quality inspector has achieved IDEA-ICE-3000 certification, keeping Smith far and away as the industry leader for number of certified inspectors among all independent electronics distributors across the globe.

The IDEA-ICE-3000 Professional Inspector’s Certification Exam, administered by IDEA, the Independent Distributors of Electronics Association, evaluates inspectors’ competency and working knowledge of electronic component inspection processes. “Smith has a long-standing commitment to quality. The IDEA certification process has become a critical third party measure of excellence that gives customers objective evidence to consider when approving and comparing independent distributors,” said Marc Barnhill, Chief Trading Officer of Smith & Associates. “We are truly proud to take the front position on this industry initiative.”

Smith adopted the IDEA-ICE-3000 certification process as a part of its QualityFirst program to ensure that customers continuously receive top quality products and services. “Smith fully supports and promotes the IDEA-ICE-3000 inspector certification process and will continue to require it of our inspectors,” noted Kirk Wehby, Vice President Global Operations at Smith & Associates.

About Smith & Associates

Founded in Houston in 1984, Smith & Associates ( is a leader in the independent distribution of semiconductors and electronic components to manufacturers and resellers of high-technology and computer equipment. Smith offers shortage sourcing, custom purchasing, service supply and inventory management solutions.  

A privately held company, Smith & Associates employs more than 320 people worldwide, with annual revenue in excess of US$300 million.

Smith’s world headquarters, logistics, and information hub in Houston is ISO 9001:2000 and ISO 14001:2004 certified. This location is supported by sales, logistics, and warehousing hubs in Amsterdam, Hong Kong, and Silicon Valley, in addition to sales and purchasing offices in Barcelona, Guadalajara, New York, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Dublin, 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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