Since 1987 the S.M.I.L.E. Vertriebs GmbH operates as a wholesaler and distributor for musical instruments and accessories. The company was originally founded by Harry Schubkegel, former owner of Session Music in Walldorf, what is indicated by name S.M.I.L.E. (Smile Session Musik Instrumente Lager und Elektronik Vertriebs GmbH).
The later owner, Dirk Hesse, worked for the company right from the start. Initially as sales manager, he became managing director and shareholder of the GmbH after just 15 months.