Industry Experts Join Okuma Sales and Product Specialist Teams

Veterans of the CNC machine tool industry join Okuma's Sales and Product Specialist teams.

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Okuma America Corporation recently welcomed two industry experts, Brian Sides and Tom O’Toole, to its Sales and Product Specialist Teams. Both are veterans in the CNC machine tool industry with over 50 years of combined experience. They are responsible for supporting regional sales teams and Okuma distribution partners.

  • Brian Sides, Sales Engineer, joined Okuma in 1992 as an electrical engineer designing controls systems for Okuma’s machine tools. He is one of the original designers of Okuma’s open architecture OSP-P control. He has held several positions at Okuma and for the last 10 years has served as the Director of Technology. He holds a bachelor of science in computer engineering from NC State.  He will support Okuma distribution partner Gosiger.


  • Tom O’Toole, Principal Sales Engineer, previously worked at Okuma from 1985 -2002 as an applications engineer. He is responsible for the business planning, sales and support of  double columns and other specialized large frame products such as the MU-10000H, MA-12500H, MILLAC 1000VH and the VTM/VTR models. He earned a bachelor of science from Berea College, Kentucky.

“We are pleased to expand our sales and product specialist teams with industry veterans. Brian and Tom’s extensive experience and machine tool knowledge are invaluable to Okuma, our customers and distributors,” says Tim Thiessen, Vice president Sales, Okuma America Corporation.

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