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Meet the Team

Chip Yodzis

Chip Yodzis currently serves as the CEO and Executive Chairman of SMART Equity Holdings, Inc. and its subsidiary SMART Technology Ventures, Inc. Chip began his business career with Procter & Gamble’s financial organization before moving to Florida in 1982 with his wife Carol to join her father in managing the growing operations of the family’s electronics distribution business. In 1999, he was instrumental in starting a service and installation company that has morphed into today’s SMARTSolutions company, the design-build technology integration business of SMART Technology Ventures, Inc. In addition to his role with our companies, Chip continues his involvement with the family’s distribution business by serving as its Executive Chairman.

He received his BA in Political Science from Merrimack College and his MBA from Bowling Green State University. Chip has served on various industry association boards as well as the board of H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Academy of the Holy Names in Tampa after having spent a two year term as chair of this board.

Away from the business, Chip enjoys exercising, travelling, reading, and spending time with his family – especially his two beautiful grandchildren.

Mason Fischer

Mason is the Vice President of Sales and Services for SMARTSolutions. As one of the key leaders of the SMARTSolutions team, Mason is focused on the enhancement of the customer experience by ensuring our team is making high-end technology easy for the end user. Mason started his career with the company in 2010 as the Director of Field Operations. He played a critical role in building a strong corporate team that helped reorganize and transition the company through an ever-changing customer service industry from a regional service provider with DISH to a custom integration organization.

Away from work you will find Mason sharing his love for competition with his three kids, by watching them play sports, or by helping coach at Brandon Elite Volleyball for kids in the area.

Donald Lawson

Donald is the Vice President of Corporate Operations. As a part of the leadership team Donald focuses on ensuring that all facets of the operation run efficiently to ensure that every customer’s experience is world class. Donald started with the company in 2000. Donald has helped lead the company through several changes while never losing focus on providing the best customer experience in any industry. Away from work Donald enjoys spending time with his three kids, Kentucky Wildcats Basketball, and Lightning Hockey.

Darren Thomas

Darren is a 10-year Veteran of the United States Air Force. After leaving the Air Force, he first began working in the AV technology industry in 1999, starting off as an Installer and swiftly climbing to the ranks of Programmer and then Installation Project Manager. After nearly 12 years, Darren then started his own business in 2012. His skills and commitment to relationship-building allowed him to rapidly expand his client base in the Tampa Bay area within just six short years, at which point he decided to join SMARTSolutions as it’s Business Development Manager.

As a testament to his success, the overwhelming majority of his clients followed him to SMARTSolutions. Darren holds countless industry certifications, including Elan and Lutron Lighting & Shade certifications. He also holds a Florida Limited Energy License. On the weekends, Darren enjoys spending time with his son, Dante, volunteering at his church in Valrico and playing & improving his golf game at various courses in the Bay Area.

Anthony Orlando

Anthony joined the company in January 2014 as a Field Service Specialist and quickly worked his way up into management and design. During his time with SMARTSolutions, Anthony has greatly expanded the range of products and services offered, while specializing in the alignment of customer’s visions with the latest technologies available. His follow up and coordination of customer projects ensures expectations are exceeded.

Peter Yodzis

After graduating from Bowling Green State University, Peter moved to Florida where he had a successful 33 years in the wholesale electronics distribution business. He held various positions from direct sales to sales management and finally Director of Purchasing. Feeling a need for a change he joined the SMARTSolutions team two years ago. His responsibilities include finding new commercial business opportunities to help SMARTSolutions grow their design-build services for low voltage and technology integration.

In his personal time he enjoys being with his wife and watching their three adult children continue to grow and prosper. Hockey is a passion of his and he can always find an excuse to go to a Tampa Bay Lightning game.

Tim Merwin

Tim joined the company in 1999 after graduating from ITT Technical Institute with a degree in Electronic Engineering. Over the years he has held many positions including Area Business Manager, Operations Manager for multiple locations and Regional Trainer. Tim is BICSI certified in Fiber and holds the Specialty Contractors license for our Company. In his current position of Project Manager he coordinates with our Sales and design team, technicians, general contractors, builders and customers to ensure proper completion of jobs.

Tim takes a hands-on approach to ensure the utmost in customer satisfaction. When not working, Tim likes to spend time with his family and 3 dogs, tinkering around the house, fishing and experimenting with his pellet smoker.

Sara Longoria Perales

Since joining SMARTSolutions as the Operations Coordinator Sara has provided concierge level service to our customers to ensure that every detail, no matter how small, is taken care of. By working with the customer and our Sales, Design, and Field teams she is a key part of making sure each project is completed on time.

Prior to SMARTSolutions Sara worked as a district manager for multiple restaurants in the Tampa Bay area where she honed her organization and customer satisfaction skills. Her attention to detail and passionate commitment to customer satisfaction play a key role in the projects we design and execute. Away from work Sara enjoys baking, traveling with family, and she is a Tampa Bay Buccaneers season ticket holder.