Sam understands the intense pressure manufacturers face and the obstacles they must surmount to bring their products to market; he’s felt it himself. With 12 years of industry experience before joining ACS in 2001 as its first employee, Sam plays an integral role in ACS’s mission to remove barriers to compliance and ensure customers meet their objectives.
In 1994, while earning his degree in Electronics Engineering at DeVry University, Sam started working for a small test lab where he gained an in-depth introduction to the EMC and compliance testing industry. Four years later, Sam moved to the manufacturing side. He joined LXE, which designs wireless computers and data collection solutions.
Sam’s responsibilities grew from testing for EMC and wireless compliance to securing necessary certifications for products in countries around the world. As Senior Regulatory Engineer, Sam led a staff of professionals dedicated to expediting the approval process and reducing the time to market.
In 2001, former colleague Scott Proffitt approached Sam with the opportunity to join his fledgling company, ACS. Sam came on as technical lead, establishing operational labs, implementing effective processes, and establishing quality systems so ACS could begin offering world-class testing and compliance services.
As the company grew, it added several disciplines, including product safety, environmental testing, and energy efficiency testing. It also moved into the certification business. Today, ACS provides a full range of capabilities designed to reduce testing burdens and enhance efficiency. As VP, Technology, Sam oversees all technical activities, including operations of each test discipline, equipment calibration programs, technical training, and quality.
One of the most critical aspects of Sam’s role is technical scope expansion. As markets develop, ACS is committed to keeping pace with new testing methods and technology. Innovation is driven by customers as they encounter increasingly complex regulatory and compliance demands; under Sam’s technical leadership, ACS is ready and able to meet their evolving needs.