USA: Mouser Electronics Inc., regarded as a top design engineering resource and global distributor for semiconductors and electronic components, announced the 40th company anniversary milestone of Glenn Smith, Mouser’s president and CEO.
In 1973, Pong was cutting edge in the world of video games, music came on eight-track tapes, TV viewing was limited to three networks and Glenn Smith was a college kid who went to work part-time in the warehouse of what was little more than a mom and pop electronics catalog start-up in San Diego. Smith was one of just 12 employees.
With strategic vision, Smith has built the company into a global corporation that today - four decades later - has 1,200 employees, 400,000 customers, more than $600 million annual revenue, and 19 offices on three continents.
Not long after Smith started at Mouser, his foresight and leadership qualities were evident. From the warehouse, he moved on to management positions at every department, including technical sales, marketing, purchasing, operations and information technology. In 1985, he was promoted to senior VP and GM with responsibility for day-to-day operations.
In 1986, Smith was instrumental in moving the operation to Mansfield, Texas, placing Mouser near the DFW International Airport for expanded distribution capabilities. Two years later, Smith was named company president. Fort Worth-based TTI Inc. acquired Mouser in 2000 and by 2004, Smith was named president and CEO, a position he retained in 2007 after Mouser and TTI were acquired by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc.