Name: Sam Cauchi
Role at Datacolor: Sales Manager (Canada)
Location: Toronto, Canada
Favorite colors: Royal Blue
Alma Maters: York University, University of Toronto
Studied: Physics (with a focus on spectroscopy and laser physics). He later earned a Masters degree in electrical engineering.
Hobbies outside of work: “I have four right now, and their names are Cassandra, Gabriel, Michael and Eve. Other than raising four kids, there is not a lot of room for much else. I do love to cook and try new recipes – as long as it’s not baking!”
You might not know: “I love spicy foods, and with four kids I have a love/hate relationship with my minivan
Here’s a curveball question: What purpose does a conductor of music serve?
These days, it feels like automation is everywhere, yet the beautiful music of an orchestra is still brought together by a single, live human being. The conductor provides unity to the company’s musicians, sets the tempo, listens critically, and shapes the sound of the ensemble. In short, the maestro brings the scores to life, and bridges the gap between audience and orchestra.
For Datacolor’s Sam Cauchi, there is strong correlation between his new role as Sales Manager for the Canadian market and the endeavors of an orchestra’s leader. Like the conductor, Sam is the link between product (music) and customer (audience). In his own words, he “ensures all the moving parts play in harmony, so that the customers can enjoy the symphony.”
As an advocate for our clients, Sam takes complex color concepts and translates them into simple solutions tailored to meet specific needs. Sam provides key communication, a unique understanding of his customers’ processes, and is firmly invested in their best interests. We’re happy to have him as a part of our Datacolor team, and we look forward to seeing the masterful solutions he brings to our “band”!
Sam’s Career Journey
With his command of color industry concepts, it may seem surprising that Sam did not begin his career in the world of color. “I became involved in the industry when I started device engineering of semiconductor nano crystals at school,” he says. “These are materials that have very interesting properties. You can make beautifully colored lasers in absolutely any color you want with a multitude of applications from displays to solar cells.”
“So, you could say that I got started in color then, but never thought of myself as working in the color [industry]. A lot of traditional science thinks of color in terms of wavelength. We sometimes forget about how observable color is influenced just as importantly by the observer and by the environment. So, I really started becoming a student of ‘color as we see it’ through instrumentation sales.”
Why He Chose to Work at Datacolor
With a diverse and inventive background involving semiconductor nano crystals, it’s unlikely anyone has experienced a more complex journey to Datacolor than Sam. What made him choose to team up with Datacolor?
“This company has an incredible reputation for delivering the most reliable reference-grade bench top instruments across industries,” he says. “Having seen Datacolor’s equipment in use and having heard such positive testimonials from customers – even before I was an employee – gave me a very good sense that Datacolor must be doing something right.”
“So when the opportunity presented itself, I took it very seriously. You want to make sure you’re on a team that has the same philosophies you do and believes in the same things you do. To me, the fact that we have a color solution for almost every application area you can think of, we literally have color in our name, and everything we do revolves around color makes it clear that this is the kind or organization any color professional would want to be a part of.”
It seems fitting that Beethoven once declared: “To play the wrong note is insignificant; to play without passion is inexcusable.” We can see Sam’s passion for his work every day, and appreciate his enthusiasm and effort!
Sam’s Advice for Color Professionals
A conductor analyzes the music and charges his musicians with specific duties so the whole orchestra flourishes. Sam shared this advice for his orchestra of color professionals:
“Focus on educating your workforce – and that doesn’t mean just the color experts,” he says. “It’s all the way down to the technicians and staff. The more people in your organization that understand how color works and what the numbers truly mean, the more reliable your insight will be into your own processes. That leads to identifying areas of improvement. One of the traps I see some customers fall into is having one or two people trained on color and the rest just learn as they go. I believe it could be really beneficial for all to learn some fundamentals of color.”
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