President/Chief Executive OfficerAaron 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.
Chief Operating OfficerSunshine brings over 20 years’ experience in sales , management, and finance and has been certified in each position at Direct Components. As the 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 love of travel hopes to take her to Morocco next and she is looking forward to cruising the Caribbean with her fiance’ and 2 boys.
Quality Systems Manager / AccountingNatalie 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 and works diligently to ensure our processes run smoothly and our ISO & AS9120 certifications are in maintained. Natalie is an avid beach-goer and hopes to one day travel through Europe.
Quality Control ManagerKyle 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 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.
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Executive Assistant-Human ResourcesTiffany joined Direct in 2017 and helping people is something that comes naturally for her. With over 10 years of joy in the customer service industry, she plans to continue to reach for the stars and help as many customers as she can. Tiffany brings her infectious positive energy to the team and values interacting with new clients over the phone or face to face . It wasn’t too long before she considered DIrect her “2nd Family”. Tiffany’s motto is “I believe when you truly enjoy where you work, its like you’re not even at work at all”. After hours, Tiffany enjoys her passion for fishing, and her addiction to Groupon. As long as she has a pocket full of Groupons, life will never be dull.
Executive Assistant SalesMorgan joined our team in June of 2018, bringing along ten years of combined experience in sales, hospitality, customer service, and data entry with her. She is a “people person” by all measures and is always happy to help our dedicated sales team and their customers. Morgan is a Tampa, Florida native who loves making music and cracking jokes in her free time. This year, she has trips planned for Miami as well as New Orleans and is looking forward to reporting back with stories of all the fun she had.
Quality Control- ShippingPaul is a welcome addition to our Quality and Shipping department in 2019. He boasts an eclectic background of myriad skills and experiences making him a welcome asset to any team. In his personal time, here is a renaissance man who dabbles in academia, both visual and musical arts, and testing his physical limitations.
Purchasing SpecialistJohn 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!
Claims ProcessorJackie 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 . As a Tampa native, Jackie 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.
Executive Assistant AccountingJessie is originally from Newark, New Jersey, moved to Tampa on impulse 17 years ago fleeing from the cold Winter snow. Jessie has recently joined Direct Components as AP/AR associate, she is committed and dedicated to her role, she brings over 15 years of accounting and customer service experience. When she is not at the office, she is running errands and on mommy mode, she loves spending time at BEACH with her family and friends.
Quality Control Test TechnicianDrew is an Air Force Veteran, he has traveled and lived all around the world and has made Tampa, FL home. He brings great resourcefulness, leadership skills along with dedication and integrity to Direct Components. During his spare time, he loves to go boating out in the ocean and spending quality time with his very old but very cool dog.
Quality Control -ReceivingMeagan 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.
Quality Control Test TechnicianOriginally from Eugene Oregon, Micah comes from a proud family with military history spanning all branches. A veteran of the United States Marine Corps, Micah brings the core values of honor, courage and commitment to Direct Components. As an American Legionnaire, Micah also spends his spare time assisting his fellow veterans, volunteering and assisting with various projects. He also is committed to bettering the upkeep of his Legion Post, Semper Fidelus.
OEM Sales ExecutiveBrandon is a Florida transplant originally from Seattle, Washington. He was a hockey player at Utah State University. Brandon graduated from University of South Florida in 2015 with a degree in Geography. In his spare time, Brandon enjoys visiting National State Parks with his wife and is a fanatic of the Michigan Wolverines and the Toronto Maple Leafs.
OEM Sales ExecutiveWith over 25 years of sales experience, Jackie has found that developing solid, trustworthy relationships is key to her success. She is an advocate for her clients and works tenaciously to negotiate the very best outcomes for them. Outside of working, she has traveled to 21 countries and 4 continents and looks forward to one day traveling to the Greek Islands. She is known to constantly ask her team “Who is going to make more coffee?”
OEM Sales ExecutiveWith over 15 years of experience in the electronics industry, Seth is focused on developing the relationship between his global clients and the company. He proudly says Direct Components is the absolute best company he has worked for. The team atmosphere and core values that guide the organization fall right in line with Seth’s own values and principals. He relocated to Florida from Iowa in 2009 and enjoys everything the Sunshine State has to offer. You can find him and his wife cruising the beach most weekends or periodically flying to Iowa to watch a Hawkeye’s game in person.
OEM Sales ExecutiveBill 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.
OEM Sales ExecutiveKyle joined Direct, attracted by the dedication to quality and genuine customer-oriented policies. Throughout his career in IT sales, he has learned to value strong partnerships, choosing to see himself more as a member of his clients’ teams rather than an external resource. When Kyle is not working to fulfill component needs, he enjoys spending time with his wife and family going to Busch Gardens or just relaxing in front of the TV.
OEM Sales ExecutiveCathy brings a wealth of consultative sales experience to the table. She joined after relocating to Florida from Ohio. Cathy is a proud United States Navy veteran and brings that discipline and tenaciousness when working on behalf of her customers. She will always take the high road and will do whatever it takes to be a valued asset to her customers and fellow team members, doing the right things for the right reasons. When she’s not working with her clients, she enjoys planning her dream vacation to the Greek Isles and watching Cavs games.
OEM Sales ExecutiveMarc’s extensive sales career and financial background have been an asset to Direct Components since joining the team. He is responsible for serving the OEM sales market by providing superior service in locating hard to find or obsolete board level components. Marc has a “no quit” attitude and is willing to go the extra mile for his customers so they can eliminate line down situations. When not serving his clients, he just might be spotted at a local wine tasting or catching a Tampa Bay Lightning game
OEM Sales ExecutiveMax describes himself as nauseatingly cheerful, even first thing in the morning. With degrees in math, physics, and stand-up comedy, Max has found a home at Direct Components. After focusing on electricity and magnetism at the University of South Florida, Max designed and built projects from guitar amps to kinetic phone chargers from scratch. His love of technology and innovation is what lead him to Direct Components. When he is not busy doing gigs with his band, Max also enjoys catching a Sooners game.
OEM Sales ExecutiveRyan graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, he brings more than 10 years of Sales experience to Direct Components. Five years ago, he decided to move from New York to Florida because of the snowy winters! During his spare time, Ryan loves to visit the beach and has also become a HUGE Lightning fan.
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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.
OEM Sales ExecutiveKate hails from upstate New York and moved to Florida in 2010 to soak up the sun. She has a degree in nursing with a mathematics minor and an extensive background in sales and management. Kate has worked in several industries and uses the skills she has learned in previous organizations to help DCI grow. Her dedication to her clients keeps her busy around the clock but she loves a good DIY project and remodeling her home when time allows. Kate travels frequently back to New York to visit family and looks forward to the next adventure life brings her way.
OEM Sales ExecutiveSteve joined the Direct Components team in 2018 as a versatile senior management and sales professional with a wealth of hands-on experience. Steve is a proud United States Army Veteran and brings forth his continued disciplines learned there to serve his community and clients. An innovative and results-driven team player with over 20 years’ experience, Steve has proven the ability to create an atmosphere of mutual respect and cooperation with anyone he works with. Having the ability to help others is what truly motivates him on a daily basis. When not helping others, you might find him out and about with his camera taking creative photos of community events and fundraisers.
OEM Sales ExecutiveGraham was born and raised in St. Petersburg, FL and is a University of Florida graduate. His degree in Sports Management and minor in Business, coupled with his sales and customer service experience give him the tools to take care of his clients like no other. When not at the office, Graham is a doting father to a newborn daughter and enjoys all the “firsts” that he and his wife are experiencing with her. Drawn to DCI by the culture and growth opportunity, Graham is a perfect fit on the team. He sure doesn’t like the cold weather for a permanent residence, but a trip to Whistler or Norway to snowbird would be right up his alley. Graham is definitely a sports enthusiast!
OEM Sales ExecutiveJennifer recently joined Direct Components bringing 25+ years of sales and management experience in the print advertising industry. She is highly motivated and skilled at growing long term business relationships. She attends church regularly in which she holds an administrative position. When she and her new hubby aren’t fishing, they love cruising and traveling. Together they have 3 adult children and 2 grandchildren. She enjoys cooking for friends and family and even a little catering on the side!