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Smith Advantage

Powering innovation and connecting supply chains

Smith has decades of experience navigating every segment of the global electronics market. With this foundation, we keep your supply chain moving by connecting you to the electronic components, services, and insights you need.

Why Smith

Intelligent Distribution™

Smith’s Intelligent Distribution model adapts to ever-changing demands to provide seamless global sourcing and logistics. Our industry-leading solutions help us meet your supply chain requirements from beginning to end. Discover more about us.


Smith has been privately held since 1984, which gives us unlimited flexibility and room to grow, rooted in our ability and willingness to support customers’ unique needs. Every challenge has a different solution, and our global resources allow us to continuously adapt, so the solutions we deliver can be scaled up or down to grow with you.

Market Intelligence

The global electronics market is always changing. Get ahead of the curve with Smith’s news and analysis on current commodity trends and market shifts. Let our insights help you make better strategic supply chain decisions.

4Cs Quality Framework

Comprehensive. Consistent. Continuous. Certified. Smith’s quality framework is unmatched. Our systems-based approach to quality brings everything together, from sourcing and traceability to packaging and logistics.

Read more about our industry-recognized quality control process.


Smith’s global family of employees is at the heart of our successes. We believe in continuously training and developing our people to ensure that every employee is knowledgeable in industry and company best practices. We invest heavily in our people and are proud that our managers have an average tenure of over 20 years.

Proprietary IT

Smith’s in-house trading and quality-assurance platform gives Smith global visibility into sales and market activity. Our in-house development team creates and continually updates IT solutions and applications to improve operational efficiency for our customers and employees. Smith builds customizable, digital supply chain solutions such as customer portals, virtual warehouses, and online forecast management and real-time reporting tools.

Industry Leadership and Recognition

Our business and quality programs have been recognized by numerous publications around the world. Smith’s awards and recognitions speak to the excellence we have developed over decades in business. We take great pride in being ranked the #1 independent distributor for the last 17 out of 20 years.


#1 ESNA Top Independent Distributor


Smith has been named the leading independent distributor twelve years in a row.


#6 Supply Chain Connect Top Distributor


Smith has been the highest-ranking independent distributor nineteen times since 2001.


#1 Houston Business Journal Largest Family-Owned Business


Under the ownership of brothers Bob and Lee Ackerley, Smith has been named the largest family-owned business in the Houston area three years in a row.


#5 Houston Chronicle Best Private Companies


As one of the largest private companies in Houston, Smith’s innovative vision has helped drive our success.


#8 ESM China Top International Electronic Distributor 2022


With locations in 20 cities around the world, Smith has earned international recognition in the industry.


#154 Inc. 5000 Series: Texas


Smith was ranked as one of the most successful independent small businesses in Texas on the publication’s inaugural list.


#2267 Inc. 5000


Smith was named one of the fastest-growing private companies based on percent growth from 2019 to 2022.


#7 Houston Business Journal Fast 50 2023


Our global revenue increased more than 200 percent from 2020 to 2022, making Smith one of Houston’s fastest-growing companies.

Hear From Our People

Smith’s advantage starts with our investment in our people. Our internal learning and development programs make decades of knowledge easily accessible to our employees through online learning, virtual classrooms and in-person training events.

Mark Bollinger

Chief Globalization Officer

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