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Leadership

Aaron Nursey

Aaron Nursey

Founder/Chief Executive Officer

Aaron is the founder and CEO/President of Direct Components, Inc. and has been in the electronic component industry for over 20 years. When he is not in the office, Aaron is spending time with his wife of 15 years, raising two beautiful children, attending church, coaching sports, and fishing. Aaron is driven by his passion for helping customers locate quality parts at fair prices. He would like to visit Australia in the near future, but for now he’s keeping busy with local volunteer work, and attending Tampa Bay Buccaneers games.

Sunshine Hubbard

Sunshine Hubbard

Chief Operating Officer

Sunshine brings over 20 years’ experience in sales, management, and finance and has been certified in each position at Direct Components. As C.O.O. she is directly responsible for day-to-day operations, process improvement, and client satisfaction. Since joining the Direct team in 2011, Sunshine has utilized her BA in Business Management and Finance to assist in organizational restructuring and achieving critical quality certifications. Sunshine values the customer experience and providing win-win situations for both Direct Components and their valued clients. Her passion is traveling, and she looks forward to continuing her tour of the world. Her bucket list includes seeing each of the 7 wonders of the world in person.

Joe Centrone

Joe Centrone

Operations Manager

Joe is a consummate professional with 20+ years of executive leadership and sales experience. He holds a Master of Science in Information Technology with a concentration in Software Engineering. Joe believes in building lasting professional relationships by keeping to his core values of honesty and integrity. In his personal life he enjoys spending family time with his wife and sons.

Natalie Paull

Natalie Paull

Quality Systems Manager/Accounting

Natalie joined Direct in 2015 with over 12 years behind her in the electronics industry. She heads the Quality and Accounting departments and is the Management Representative for Direct’s QMS. As a certified Lead Auditor for ISO and AS9100, she has a true passion for quality. Natalie works diligently to ensure our processes run smoothly and our ISO & AS9120 certifications are maintained. Natalie is an avid beachgoer and hopes to one day travel through Europe.

Kyle Westropp

Kyle Westropp

Quality Control Manager

Kyle joined the Direct Team in 2015 to take over the Quality Control Lab. His first task was to spearhead a complete renovation and redesign of the lab. He brings 7 years of experience in the quality inspection field, specializing in counterfeit detection, and test circuit design. Kyle is dedicated to continuing improvement in product quality. His goals are to stay on top of the latest test methodology and keep up with the ever-changing electronics industry. When he isn’t working, Kyle is busy making plans to ride his motorcycle across the U.S. one day and to visit Thailand.

Jeff Ruby

Jeff Ruby

Director of Sales

Jeff brings over 20 years of building strategic partnerships to Direct. Over the past two years, he has played a key role in coaching, training and mentoring the Direct sales team. When he isn’t helping the team build relationships with customers, he enjoys coaching baseball and spending time traveling with his family. Jeff was born and raised in northeast Ohio. He resides in the Tampa Bay area with his wife, two daughters and his dog, Rosco. He graduated from the University of Akron with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Jeff also enjoys teaching leadership skills in Paraguay annually.

Operations and Support

Drew Davis

Drew Davis

Lead Test Technician

Drew is an Air Force Veteran who has traveled and lived all around the world, but has now made Tampa, FL home. As Direct Component’s lead test technician, he brings great resourcefulness, leadership, dedication, and integrity to our team. During his spare time, he loves to go boating out in the ocean and spend quality time with his very old but very cool dog.

Keila Laureano

Keila Laureano

Accounts Payable & Receivable Specialist

Keila was born and raised in Puerto Rico and has lived in Cleveland as well as now Florida. Keila speaks fluent Spanish and English and enjoys spending time with her two beautiful boys, eleven and two. Her nursing experience and end result-focused attention to detail bring tremendous value to the Direct team. Keila is focused on her family in the US as well as Puerto Rico and hopes to reunite them all soon. She is excited about the growth DCI has experienced and is ready for any challenge!

Meagan Rymer

Meagan Rymer

Receiving Specialist

Meagan is a proud Air Force Veteran originally from Texas. She has an Associates in Surgical Technology and a Bachelors in Psychology. Meagan is a hardworking team player that is dedicated to her position and loves to help others any way she can. These traits make her a priceless addition to Direct Components. In her spare time when she is not working, Meagan loves working in her yard and running around with her 3 crazy dogs.

Jomar Lopez

Jomar Lopez

Shipping Specialist

Jomar Is originally from the Bronx, NYC (The Boogie Down). He moved to Florida back in 2015 and resides in Tampa with his wife and two daughters. On his spare time JO likes to play paintball all over Florida and participate in various competitions and events with his team 813SMOKE.

Sami Oliveri

Sami Oliveri

Test Technician

Samantha joined the DCI team in October 2020 as a Quality Lab Technician. A key part of her role is to evaluate materials and products to make sure they are at the highest level of quality. She has previously worked in the Aerospace Defense Industry and has a strong background in customer service. Outside of work, Samantha is passionate about watching, playing, and competing in Football, Rugby, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Golf, and the list goes on! She also enjoys traveling, all outdoor activities, and spending time with her big Italian family.

Alex Hawkins

Alex Hawkins

Receiving Specialist

Alex recently joined the DCI team as a Quality Lab Tech. A proud Marine Corps Veteran, whose MOS was Financial Analyst, Alex was born in Harlem, NY and moved to The Bronx where he spent most of his teenage years. After living in Okinawa for two years, Alex received orders to MacDill AFB where he made Tampa his new home. On his days off, Alex likes to play basketball, hang out with friends and collect tattoos.

Erin Broome

Erin Broome

Human Resources Specialist

Erin joined the DCI team in August 2020 as our quality control shipping specialist, and as of 2021 she has taken over her role as human resources specialist. As a dedicated team member, she enjoys making a positive impact by going above and beyond to help others.Erin is a proud U.S. Army Veteran who has served in South Korea and Centcom at Macdill Air Force Base.On her off time, she enjoys listening to music, hitting the beach, and working around the house.

John Brown

John Brown

Purchase Order Processor

John moved to Tampa over 20 years ago, originally from Staten Island NY, “the forgotten borough”. He is direct, assertive, and brings great motivation to Direct Components. John is known to be a sarcasm connoisseur and during his spare time he loves to live his life vicariously through himself!

Jackie Mason

Jackie Mason

Quality Claims Processor

Jackie joined the Direct Components team in July 2017. As a shipping/receiving specialist she monitors incoming and outgoing shipments as well as stock levels and excess inventory purchases. Jackie is a Tampa native and is also a proud veteran of the United States Air Force. After living in Japan for several years, Jackie relocated back to the to US to raise her daughter. In her free time, Jackie enjoys karaoke and running.

Brittany Clark

Brittany Clark

Sales Support

Brittany joined the team in July of 2020 as Sales Support Specialist. She works closely with our Director of Sales Jeff Ruby. A key part of her role is to assist our business development team to allow them to focus on our valued clients. Brittany also manages our digital leader boards, client prospecting and internal / external marketing. She is optimistic and enthusiastic and strives daily to be the excitement engine that drives our sales team’s motivation. Her leisure activities include baking, cooking, knowledge seeking, basking in the Florida sunshine and spending time with family.

Lawrence Curry

Lawrence Curry

Sales Order Processor

Lawrence was born and raised in South Georgia. He recently joined the DCI team as a Sales Order Processor. As a committed team member, he spreads positivity and encouragement to his entire team. Lawrence is also going to college to go for a bachelor’s degree in computer science. Outside of work, Lawrence is passionate about fitness, competing in CrossFit, traveling, reading, and gratitude journal.

Skylar Hickey

Skylar Hickey

Administrative Support

Skylar was born and raised in Tampa, Fl and is a true Floridian. Although she takes pride in living a healthy lifestyle, she is a huge foodie and loves trying new things as well as cooking from a bunch of different cuisines. On her free time, Skylar likes to workout, watch Netflix all day, and hang out with friends.

Darius Barreto

Darius Barreto

Receiving Specialist

Darius is originally from Tampa and recently moved back to Tampa after attending the USCF in Orlando. He discovered a love for traveling both inside and outside of the US and loves adding more stamps to his passport. If he is not with his family, you can find Darius by the ocean or watching his favorite sports teams.

Business Development

Bill Martling

Bill Martling

IC & Semiconductor Specialist

Bill is a Stetson University Corporate Finance graduate and brings us over 20 years account executive Fortune 500 experience from the Financial Services, IT and FX industries. He has said that Direct’s quality program combined with his strong focus on customer advocacy make a smooth ride to growth. Bill enjoys stealing the remote control for the tv from his adorable daughter every chance he gets to watch hockey games.

Drew Van de Motter

Drew Van de Motter

IC & Semiconductor Specialist

Exceeding customer expectations by delivering extraordinary customer service has been the foundation of Drew’s early success in sales. He brings several years of sales experience from a number of different industries. Drew graduated from Florida Southern College where he played on the men’s Lacrosse team and achieved a double major in Business Administration and Free Enterprise. When not serving his clients, Drew’s following Atlanta sports and is excited to play Tom Brady twice a year.

Paul Venzor

Paul Venzor

IC & Semiconductor Specialist

Paul has almost a decade of experience as a leader in Sales and Account Management, working in the SaaS and Electronic Component industry. His focus on satisfying clients’ goals and creating peak outcomes has created relationships with senior executives from Fortune-500 companies worldwide. Born and raised in Texas, Paul attended Texas A&M University, and after six years in Washington, DC, he and his wife settled in Clearwater, Florida. Paul enjoys spending time with his dogs, cycling and is an avid San Antonio Spurs fan.

Alex Hart

Alex Hart

IC & Semiconductor Specialist

Alex was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida. He graduated from St. Petersburg College with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Sustainability Management. He has worked in a supply chain in one capacity or another since 2014 and loves the challenges that go along with it. Alex is a music enthusiast and a bit of a foodie, but also likes to focus on fitness and staying healthy.

Hannah Bach

Hannah Bach

IC & Semiconductor Specialist

Hannah was born and raised in Dunedin, Florida and loves living in Tampa Bay. She joined the DCI team in November of 2020 in the receptionist role and enjoys the culture and friendly people who work here. Hannah keeps the office tidy and lends a hand wherever it is needed. She graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Musical Theatre from Oklahoma City University and loves all things performing. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with her pups and trying out new food spots.

Zachary Teunis

Zachary Teunis

IC & Semiconductor Specialist

Zachary brings close to 10 years of sales experience to Direct Components and is a strong believer in teamwork. He stays true to his core values of integrity and collaboration while servicing clients as well as throughout the workplace with coworkers. Zachary is a Florida native who grew up in Palm Harbor, and in his spare time he loves being outdoors spending time fishing, hiking, and pursuing new adventures.

Carter Vance

Carter Vance

IC & Semiconductor Specialist

Carter is an Atlanta native and lived there for the first 18 years of his life. Upon graduating high school, he pursued his Mechanical Engineering degree at The University of Alabama. After completing his ME degree, he continued his education at UA and went on to get his MBA with a specialization in Business Analytics. Once he completed graduate school, he took the leap of faith mid-pandemic to move to Tampa and start a career in sales. When he is not in the office, you can find him either working with other artists to produce music, or rollerblading down Bayshore.

Jake Lawless

Jake Lawless

IC & Semiconductor Specialist

Originally from Atlantic City, New Jersey, Jake moved to the Tampa Bay area in 2020. He graduated from Stockton University in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. After graduating, he lived in Germany for two years, splitting time between Stuttgart and Berlin. He stays true to his core values of innovation and commitment while serving clients, finding creative ways to solve complex problems. In his spare time, Jake enjoys playing golf and spending time with his family.

Mike Leonard

Mike Leonard

IC & Semiconductor Specialist

Originally from New Jersey, Mike moved to FL to pursue a career in the golf industry. After working almost 10 years for the PGA Tour, Mike decided it was time for a change. He started his journey in sales in the hardware/software tech industry.Mike’s favorite part about sales is the opportunity to help clients accomplish their goals by providing solutions to challenges they might have. Mike enjoys spending time outdoors playing golf or cycling. He is happily married to his beautiful wife Hayley and lives in Tampa.

Eline Athey

Eline Athey

IC & Semiconductor Specialist

Eline grew up in in a small town in South Florida and moved to Tampa in 2005. She is one of 7 siblings and enjoys watching football with her husband, a huge Buccaneers fan, and spending time with their two kids. Eline has a background spanning 10+ years in the health insurance and beauty industry and is passionate about helping people. Being a part of a winning team and great culture is vital to Eline and she has found that here at Direct Components. She never backs down from a challenge!

Josh Arnold

Josh Arnold

IC & Semiconductor Specialist

Josh hails from Northern Virginia where he grew up for the first 18 years of his life. After graduating high school, he spent a year living in Florence Italy before pursuing a degree in Entrepreneurship with a focus on small business leadership at the Florida State University. While in Tallahassee, he tried his hand in launching a few small student run businesses before moving to Tampa to pursue a career in sales. When he’s not solving complex problems for his clients, you can find him either relaxing on the water, exploring new cities, or playing golf.

Rafael Arredondo

Rafael Arredondo

IC & Semiconductor Specialist

A sales, marketing, and customer service professional with more than eleven years of experience, Rafael brings thoroughness, communicative, and dedication to Direct, its sales partners, and most importantly, his customers. Throughout his years in client services, Rafael has devoted his time to ensuring customer satisfaction by being responsive and attentive, while providing support to his fellow colleagues. Rafael spends his time away from Direct enjoying life with his wife and three children, including his newborn son.

Tyler Ayala

Tyler Ayala

IC & Semiconductor Specialist

Tyler was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. Growing up, Tyler always wanted to be a part of a successful sales organization. He relocated to Tampa, Florida in 2019 to continue his sales journey. Tyler brings over 5 years of sales and marketing experience to Direct Components. In his free time Tyler enjoys spending time with friends and family, fishing, and traveling.

Trevor Toma

Trevor Toma

IC & Semiconductor Specialist

Trevor is originally from Land O’ Lakes, Florida. He moved to Tampa recently, where he received his Bachelor’s in Cyber Security from the University of Tampa. He learned to play chess at a young age; he competed at state, national, and international tournaments. When he is not assisting customers, he is spending time with friends and family.

Aaron Levinson

Aaron Levinson

IC & Semiconductor Specialist

Aaron grew up in New Jersey and moved to Tampa in 2021. He graduated from Stockton University in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science & Information Systems. After spending a year in Philadelphia, he moved to Florida to continue his career in sales. In his free time, he likes to go to the beach, laugh with friends and family, or dive into a good book/movie.

Mitch Kogge

Mitch Kogge

IC & Semiconductor Specialist

Mitch is originally from Jacksonville Florida and went to school at USF and graduated with a bachelors in Heath science. He then Spent two and a half years at Aflac as a district sales coordinator running a team of agents. He enjoys any outdoor activities like football, lacrosse, or volleyball and plans to stay in Sunny Florida for the foreseeable future with fiancé Brittany and puppy Ralph.

Julian Burmer

Julian Burmer

IC & Semiconductor Specialist

Julian has a background of over 5 years in sales. He enjoys the culture and helping people solve complex problems at DCI. Julian is a Florida native who was born in Tampa, FL and in his spare time loves going to Buccaneers games and spend quality family time.