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From a small family business to a global leader

We owe our success to people,
partnerships, and passion.

Smith began with a dining room table and two phone lines when the Ackerley brothers and their wives began to reach out to some of the biggest names in the young computing industry.
This startup took root fast thanks to the Ackerleys’ deep technical knowledge, market intuition, and some bold decisions.
Smith is founded in Houston by brothers
Robert and Leland Ackerley
Smith opens Asian
distribution hub in Hong Kong
Smith opens European
distribution hub in Amsterdam
Smith earns ISO 9001
Smith’s sales exceed $500 million
Smith completes green renovation of Houston headquarters
Smith opens new 57,000 sq. ft. Houston operational hub, extending service capabilities
Smith’s sales exceed $1 billion
Smith's sales exceed $4 billion
With 900 employees in more than 20 cities worldwide, Smith has been ranked the #1 independent distributor for the last 12 years

Founder Spotlight

Robert Ackerley

Co-Founder and Director

Robert's passion for sustainability, technology, and developing homegrown IT solutions keeps Smith and his other enterprises always fresh, always growing.



Leland Ackerley

Co-Founder and Director

For Lee, it’s all about keeping people happy. Everything is constantly changing – except for Smith’s business relationships and integrity.



Global Locations

900 employees in more than 20 cities on three continents – and growing.
Smith World Headquarters

N.F. Smith & Associates, L.P.
5306 Hollister Street
Houston, TX, US 77040

+1 713.430.3000 |
Smith Europe

Smith & Associates Europe B.V.
Alpha Tower, 22nd Floor
De Entree 45
Amsterdam, NL 1101 BH

+31 23.750.4000 |
Hong Kong
Smith Asia

Smith & Associates Far East Limited
Suites 3607-11, Tower Two, Times Square
1 Matheson Street
Causeway Bay, HK

+852 2854.3232 |


We are all invested in the health of our planet.

For nearly 40 years, Smith has built a foundation of both stability and innovation, and with that comes a responsibility to demonstrate good environmental stewardship in our business operations. Guided by the principles of our numerous green certifications, we are committed to providing our customers environmentally friendly solutions to support their sustainability goals.

Social Responsibility

From our Smith family to yours.

We care about our global communities and are always looking for new ways to serve and give back to those around us. Through a mix of charitable giving, volunteerism, and mentorship, Smith sets the bar for good corporate citizenship.

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