On January 13th of 2014, the Avnet location broke ground on the site of the new facility. We were joined by government officials, Ryan Companies the builder and a lot of Avnet employees. It was a grand day in that in August we will say goodbye to our home of 16 years and transition to our new state of the art building. Here is the speech I gave at the groundbreaking yesterday.
I’m proud and humbled to be a part of our Avnet San Antonio office where we sell, support and distribute information technology products for one of Avnet’s largest manufacturers – IBM. We distribute the full line of IBM offerings of computer hardware, software, services and financing. The Avnet Technology, IBM Solutions Group generates approximately $2B in sales annually. To put it into perspective, we’ve been in our current facility for 16 years and have generated $21B in sales over that time.
We serve over 800 customers across the United States and Canada. Our value add of Solutions Distribution focuses on technology sales, vertical markets, marketing, logistics, financing, technical support and services. Our commitment to our customers is to accelerate their success through our customer service, creating new demand and deploying our sales and technical resources in the field.
I want to emphasize that our business success is based on the talented and committed people we have. It’s our employees that make the real difference, with 350 reporting into the local office and 225 of those living right here in San Antonio. They are certainly the brightest in our industry and we will continue to invest in our employees creating opportunities for their personal growth and development. This talented group of people not only serves our customers but the community as well. Over the last few years, our local Avnet Cares committee has supported local organizations such as San Antonio Children’s Shelter, Morgan’s Wonderland, San Antonio Food Bank, and United Way to name a few. Thousands of hours and donations have been collected and distributed throughout San Antonio and I’m very proud that Avnet has programs that support and encourage community involvement.
As we look to the future, this new high-tech facility being built by the Ryan Companies represents the transformation of our business
from the good old days of the AS400 to the leading and future technologies of converged infrastructure, big data, business analytics, mobility and cloud. It has been our ability to adapt to market changes combined with our resiliency that has contributed to our growth, setting the stage for the next chapter of our story.
Over the last 16 years in our current facility we’ve grown in the good times and weathered through some of the challenging times too. This new facility will create a competitive advantage that positions Avnet to increase our sales, increase our customers, increase our employees and increase our contribution to San Antonio. Avnet is committed to accelerating the success and creating an environment that fosters growth, opportunity and prosperity for our customers, suppliers, employees and community. Thank You
Arthur Erickson once wrote, “Great buildings that move the spirit have always been rare. In every case they are unique, poetic and products of the heart.” Now I’d like to bring up Bob Gracz, Vice President, Corporate Real Estate at Avnet to tell you more about the specifics of the building.
Posted under General
This post was written by FJ on January 14, 2014