Sarah Rector

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

Director of Operations. I work hard to ensure that day-to-day operations work seamlessly at Olympus Controls. This means that as projects move through our business, hand-offs are clean, information is where it needs to be, and that each team has the information and resources needed to progress projects with efficiency and maintain the highest quality standards. I am responsible for ensuring we have appropriate resources and that our facility is set up appropriately to meet the needs of our customers and our employees.

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 Controls since January 2020. I came aboard as a project manager and moved into my current position in July 2021. My background is Mechanical Engineering. I worked at NWUAV in McMinnville prior to coming to Olympus Controls.

What do you like best about working at Olympus?

The two things I like best about working at Olympus are the challenge and the people. We are a relatively small company in a dynamic industry with huge potential, and this presents a fun challenge. I genuinely enjoy working with everyone on the OC team to innovate and create better ways of doing business that scale to ensure that OC can reliably meet customer expectations well into the future. And as far as people go, OC employs some of the greatest people in the automation industry, and I am inspired just to get to work with them. Our customers quickly become our partners, and it’s really gratifying to support making their visions a reality.

Describe a little of your past history.

I was born in Alaska and raised in Flagstaff, Arizona. I have a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Northern Arizona University and have worked in the automotive, space hardware, oil and gas, nuclear, and UAV industries.

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

Farming is a big part of my life. My family and I own and operate a small, diverse farm outside Yamhill, Oregon where we grow vegetables and berries and raise chickens, sheep, cows, and pigs. We also have two rowdy farm boys that keep us quite busy!

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

My husband and I took a break from engineering and traveled and volunteered on farms for several months when my oldest son was one year old. We worked on farms in California, Oregon, Texas, and Ireland before setting our sights on owning our own farm.