Silas Robertson
Seattle

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

SVP Sales and Marketing.

The position works on the strategic direction of the company for industry, suppliers, and technologies. I spend a good amount of time investing in the Applied Industrial Automation group and the expansion of the company nationally.

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 June 2000.

I’m originally from Washington State in Kitsap County. I was working as a project engineer out of school, and Jason McDaniel, who was a close friend, introduced me to Scott Hendrickson the founder of Olympus. I was initially hesitant to go to the “dark side- sales” with my engineering degree, but in no time, I realized after seeing customers that this is something that I would love. It also went along with my interest in business. After a meeting at Applebee’s in Puyallup with Scott, I started with Olympus Controls. I installed dial-up internet and got a Franklin planner, and the adventure began.

What do you like best about working at Olympus?

I have always enjoyed the challenges of customer automation and solving problems. Being able to apply this problem-solving interest to developing the company on a larger scale and seeing the emergence of the next generation of talent has become a cherished reward.

Describe a little of your past history.

I’ve been at Olympus Controls for over 20 years and have worked and have worked in Sales, Marketing, Applications, Operations, and Engineering during my time at the company. My background is in Mechanical Engineering from Washington State, and I have an MBA from Pacific Luthern University.

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

At home, I’m a builder and love to complete projects on our home or other properties. I keep busy with sports for my two girls Avery and Aleise, and am the President of the Skyline Girls Select Basketball Organization. Our family loves to travel and see new places and people in the world.

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

Keeping an even perspective and not getting too high or too low helps you continue to grow. Overreaction is a killer just as much and being unresponsive to changes.

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

I’ve traveled to Europe many times, China, Japan, Australia, Iceland, many African countries but never to any country in South America.  It’s on the list!