Production Manager Sam Sematis has a strong background in quality and played an instrumental role in helping Equilibar develop a quality management system that meets the requirements of ISO 9001:2015.
Sam has worked in a variety of industries and has owned his own business. He is also a skilled artisan and has experience as a book conservator and a glass sculptor.
“Both glass blowing and book conservation involve great attention to detail as well as knowledge of science,” he says. “For example, the composition of paper in a book determines exactly what solutions can be used in its conservation. At Equilibar, the materials are different but the focus on details is the same.”
Sam’s widely diverse background also includes living in a tent on Maui for a year and being a professional poker player.
At Equilibar, Sam enjoys both the hands-on aspects of his job as well as the leadership aspects. “My very favorite part of the job is solving problems,” he adds. “I find it most rewarding and it gives me a sense of accomplishment. Plus, the people I work with are some of the most intelligent, fun, and interesting people I know. They are a great team, as well as great individuals.”
When he’s not at Equilibar, Sam enjoys taking his young children to the Western North Carolina Nature Center. “It’s one of the best places for our family to visit and support. They help injured animals and educate people, and it’s a great place to take a hike with small kids.”
Sam is a member of Equilibar’s tactical leadership team.