Smith to Host Hiring Open House at Its Austin Office

HOUSTON (PRWEB) January 22, 2020

Smith, a global distributor of electronic components and provider of custom supply chain services, today announces its upcoming hiring open house at its Austin location. Smith representatives will be on-hand to meet with local talent and discuss opportunities in the company’s Austin-based electronic component, solar, and ITAD sales departments.

“As Smith grows and diversifies in the midst of Austin’s thriving tech scene, we are excited to find new and experienced sales representatives to join our office,” said Ken Neusaenger, Smith’s Trading Manager in Austin.

As a family-owned business, Smith provides its employees with ample opportunities to make an impact in the technology industry while helping shape the company around them. The company nurtures a casual, people-first environment, offering a competitive benefits package and uncapped commissions for its salespeople. Smith’s Austin office overlooks the surrounding Hill Country and is within walking distance of numerous retail stores and restaurants, as well as an arboretum.

“We offer driven salespeople unlimited opportunities to build deals, customer relationships, and success,” said Patti Everitt, HR & Recruiting Manager at Smith. “Our team is looking forward to meeting motivated candidates filled with entrepreneurial spirit.”

WHAT: Hiring Open House

WHEN: Monday, February 3, 2020 – Tuesday, February 4, 2020 (10:30 AM to 3:00 PM)

WHERE: Arboretum Plaza One, 9442 Capital of Texas Highway North, Suite 900, Austin, TX 78759

About Smith

Founded in 1984, Smith sources, manages, and distributes the electronic components that go into everything from mobile phones and computers to appliances and directional drilling systems. In 16 cities around the world, Smith’s legion of employees communicates in 50 languages and dialects and buys and sells components 24 hours per day, with global annual sales of $1.66 billion. Smith is always moving: helping manufacturers navigate market shifts; customizing supply chain solutions; testing components using cutting-edge technology. The support of Smith’s flexible Intelligent DistributionTM model optimizes customers’ supply chains from beginning to end, including offering customized options for IT asset disposition that deliver maximum ROI, sustainability, and security. Smith’s testing and logistics hubs in Houston, Hong Kong, and Amsterdam cover critical areas like quality management, counterfeit prevention, and environmental safety. Smith’s operations, purchasing, and sales worldwide are seamlessly integrated with the company’s global IT infrastructure, offering real-time, global inventory and logistics visibility. Smith is the leading independent distributor of electronic components and ranks number nine among all global distributors. For more information, please visit or reach out to a Smith representative any time of day at +1 713.430.3000.hous

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Florida Polytechnic University sees exceptional rise in applications

LAKELAND, Fla. (PRWEB) January 22, 2020

Florida Polytechnic University is experiencing a significant increase in the number of students applying to become Phoenixes. At only two-thirds of the way through the 2020 recruitment cycle, the University has received 31 percent more freshman applications compared to this time last year. This includes a 44 percent increase in applicants from out of state.

The new numbers are a stark contrast to the current trends in postsecondary enrollment throughout the nation. Higher education enrollment for fall 2019 declined for the eighth consecutive year by 231,000 students across all types of institutions, according to the latest research from the non-profit organization National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. Public four-year colleges saw the largest decrease at 97,426 students.

The academic quality of the applicants to Florida Poly improved as well:

  • Average SAT of admitted freshmen is up 30 points to 1334.
  • Average ACT is up from 29 to 30.5.
  • Average GPA of admitted freshmen increased from 4.2 to 4.35.

“This is great news, especially in light of the national data,” said Dr. Ben Matthew Corpus, associate vice provost for enrollment management. “As students learn about Florida Poly, they see a place where they can connect and engage in a state-of-the-art public university. We’re a small, selective, and an intensely relevant institution where students aren’t just a number.”
Dr. Corpus said the surge in applications is a result of new team outreach efforts put in place to create greater awareness of the University not only in Florida, but throughout the country. These include:

  • new digital and teacher-centered strategies to connect with high schools more efficiently
  • the hiring of a full-time regional recruiter in the Northeast
  • a re-imagined campus visit program that connects cutting-edge tech, social and economic relevance that’s engaging
  • new academic programs and targeted scholarships on sectors of STEM excellence

“We won’t know if these additional applicants will all enroll until the fall, but it is definitely a very positive sign that the team’s hard work is paying off,” Corpus said. Transfer applications are also up 13 percent, as well as their quality. Average transfer GPAs are up from a 3.0 to a 3.4.

Another factor improving Florida Poly’s attractiveness to prospective students is its recently attained ABET accreditation, as well as the addition of new programs of study such as Environmental Engineering, Engineering Physics, Engineering Mathematics and new concentrations in aerospace, digital design, and mathematics of medicine and biology. The University also is building the Applied Research Center, an 85,000-square-foot cutting-edge facility focused on research and innovation and scheduled to open in 2021.

“Florida Poly’s programs put students directly on the path to making an impact on the economy and society, where students know they’ll be highly competitive and employable well into the future,” according to Dr. Terry Parker, executive vice president and provost..

“Students and families recognize that to stay career relevant as creative innovators, a degree from a selective STEM university is really the best choice.”

For more information on applying to Florida Poly, click here.


Florida Polytechnic University is an accredited member of the State University System of Florida, dedicated exclusively to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). The University is a powerful economic engine within the state of Florida, blending applied research with industry partnerships to give students an academically rigorous education with real-world relevance. The campus is located in Lakeland, Florida along the I-4 High Tech Corridor. Connect with Florida Poly online at

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Proliant Settlement Systems Introduces Michael Telford as Executive Vice President, Business Development

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (PRWEB) January 22, 2020

Proliant Settlement Systems today announced that Michael Telford will be joining as Executive Vice President, Business Development, effective January 28, 2020. “Mike shares our vision to build a national sales platform for Proliant. He is smart, energetic and focused on developing our organization as we continue to grow. We are looking forward to him becoming a leader within our organization,” said Michael Strat, Co-Founder and President of Proliant Settlement Systems.

As a member of the leadership team, Telford will be accountable for all marketing efforts, talent recruiting, evaluating franchise performance systems and perfecting processes relative to the conversion of sales leads and the onboarding process for new franchisees. In addition, he will manage and oversee initiatives that will expand the service offering beyond the current states of Michigan and Florida.

“This is an excellent opportunity to contribute my expertise to the brand that Proliant has built. We share the same goals, practices, and vision on how to grow this first-in-the-nation business model for title company start-ups and conversions. I am excited for the opportunity to be a contributing member of Proliant’s future growth and working with this talented group of leaders,” said Telford.

With more than 20 years in financial services leadership, Telford’s background as a seasoned professional makes him an outstanding and ambitious addition to Proliant’s management group. His prior positions include executive level positions with Orlans Group/eTitle, Quicken Loans, Amrock/Title Source, and Kmart Corporation.

About Proliant Settlement Systems, LLC

Proliant Settlement Systems, LLC is a turnkey title company ownership system that offers qualified entrepreneurs an opportunity to own their own title company, complete with all the financial and operational advantages. The Proliant system effectively eliminates the traditional, and often difficult, barriers to entry.

At present, the service is available in Florida and Michigan with planned expansion to other states throughout the coming year.

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