Dan Sturges
Portland

What is your job title, and what does that position entail?

VP of Engineering – Essentially, I’m responsible to make sure that the Value-Add trains “run on time”.  That means that I support the Quality, Engineering and Production managers to make sure that they have the people, tools and processes that they need to meet our commitments and that they know what is coming their way.

How long have you worked at Olympus, where did you come from? A little history of how you got involved with Olympus?

I have been with Olympus since August of 2017.  I used to work at DWFritz Automation and, before that, I owned my own automation integration firm.  I’ve been doing business with Olympus Controls since 2001 – we’ve been suppliers to each other on many projects over the years.  It has been fun to see over time how many people at Olympus have gone on to have children and raise their families – as I have too.

What do you like best about working at Olympus?

There’s a lot of trust and autonomy at Olympus.  Folks are empowered to make decisions and there’s a value placed on people’s agency and worth.

Describe a little of your past history.

I grew up in Newberg – not far from Olympus Controls headquarters.  After high school, and competing in precision machining contests at the national level, I moved to San Francisco and got into toolmaking and automation design in the Life Sciences industry.  I completed my degree in Physics at UC Berkeley and then moved back to Portland to settle down and continue my career.  Soon thereafter, the woman of my dreams inexplicably married me and we now have three beautiful children and I do consider myself to be the luckiest person in the world.

Describe some of your hobbies – what do you like to do outside of work?

I am restoring a mid-60’s VW which, it turns out, requires a stupefying amount of time, but is also a lot of fun and very satisfying.  When I’m not doing that, or chauffeuring my kids between piano lessons or swim club, I enjoy trying to play the drums.

What are some key lessons you have taken from your career thus far?

There’s always lots to learn.  Seek out those who know better than you.

What is one thing your customers might find surprising about you?

I used to have a lot more hair than I do now.