Superior Controls would like to extend a warm welcome to our newest employee, John Simpson. John joins our California-based team as the new Director of South Bay Operations. He is currently working out of the Banks Integration Vacaville office while he builds his client base -being serviced by our new South Bay San Francisco-based engineering team. We will be opening a new office location in the South Bay and have aggressive hiring plans to meet the rapidly growing biotech manufacturing hub’s demand for support of mission-critical systems integration and automation services.
Born in Scotland, John relocated to California for a wind turbine project and was so pleased with the weather that he never went back! “I didn’t know you could have weather that wasn’t rainy!” he quips. “My birthday is in June. In Scotland, you can’t have a BBQ without a backup plan.”
John has spent much of his career in various site automation roles at Genentech building his expertise in control panel design, PLC and HMI programming, validation and documentation, MES, and data historians. In recent years, as associate director of biochemical automation, John had responsibility for two cell culture production biotechnology plants. He is proud to say that Plant 1 has the highest throughput of any plant in the industry! Plant 2 is relatively new, and John was charged with recommissioning it as one of the largest production-scale plants in the world. John, and his Automation team, were able to defend the plant and get it licensed; defending it to the FDA.
Ready for a change, John reached out to Greg Banks asking for advice on a couple of opportunities. He considers Greg part of his personal board of directors, having been friends for over two decades. Greg weighed in on the subject, then later called back and invited John to consider a newly-created position with Banks Integration Group, a Superior Controls company. John said, “I realized that my offers were for good jobs, but the more I thought of it, I knew I would regret not joining Greg and Banks Integration Group. This is a new and exciting challenge, and Greg and I decided it would work!”
John and his wife have three adult children who grew up with California as their home. The family enjoys spending summers at a remote cabin on the Canadian border in Maine. The couple has two sons, Alasdair, age 24 and Duncan age 27, and a daughter, Tia, age 23.
Asked how he feels about the new position at Banks Integration, John says, “I feel energized. Very happy and excited to take on this new challenge.”