Industry Experts Join Okuma Sales and Product Specialist Teams

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Brian Sides and Tom O’Toole will support sales and distribution.

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Brian Sides, Okuma Sales Engineer

Brian and Tom’s extensive experience and machine tool knowledge are invaluable to Okuma, our customers and distributors.

Okuma America Corporation, a world leader in CNC machine tool manufacturing, is pleased to announce the addition of two industry experts, Brian Sides and Tom O’Toole to the 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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About Okuma America Corporation
Okuma America Corporation is the U.S.-based sales and service affiliate of Okuma Corporation, a world leader in CNC (computer numeric control) machine tools, founded in 1898 in Nagoya, Japan. The company is the industry’s only single-source provider, with the CNC machine, drive, motors, encoders, and spindle all manufactured by Okuma. The company also designs their own CNC controls to integrate seamlessly with each machine tool’s functionality. In 2014 Okuma launched the Okuma App Store, the industry’s only centralized online marketplace for machine tool apps and related content. Along with its extensive distribution network (largest in the Americas), and Partners in THINC, Okuma is committed to helping users gain competitive advantage through the open possibilities of machine tools, today and into the future. For more information, visit or follow us on Facebook or Twitter @OkumaAmerica.

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