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Mr. James (Wes) Smith

Biography

James W. "Wes" Smith, a native of Clay County Alabama has held various positions over nineteen years with Birmingham based Mayer Electric Supply Company, Inc. Wes currently serves as the companies Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, a position he has held since 2002. Previous positions include Mayerís Chief Information Officer, Director of Business Process Improvement, and Quality Director. Wes began his career as a part-time warehouse associate while attending college full-time.

Mayer Electric Supply is the countryís fifth largest Women Owned Business Enterprise, earning over $650 million in annual revenue. The company has over 1000 associates in 60 branch locations spanning from the Mississippi Gulf Coast to Virginia. In addition to serving on Mayerís Advisory Board of Directors, Wes serves on numerous wholesale distribution industry advisory councils.

Wes currently serves the University of Alabama at Birmingham in various capacities, including UABís Information Systems Advisory Board, UABís National Alumni Society Board, and as a guest lecturer in various business school courses. Wes previously served as the first President of UABís MBA Alumni Association, helping form the chapter in 1997. In addition, Wes helped raise funds approaching a million dollars to fund scholarships in the School of Industrial Distribution.

Wes holds an undergraduate degree from Auburn University at Montgomery and an M.B.A. from the UAB School of Business. Wes is a member of UABís Chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma, the National Honor Society for Collegiate Schools of Business.