D. Samuel Karge, SVP


2020.08 KargeSam Karge was named Senior Vice President and President - North America Water Treatment of A. O. Smith Corporation on September 1, 2018. He joined A. O. Smith in March 2018 as president of the newly created North America Water Treatment business unit. In this position, he has profit and loss responsibility for the unit, which consists of A. O. Smith-branded water treatment products for North America, and the Aquasana, HAgue and Water-Right lines.   

Sam joined A. O. Smith after serving as VP sales & marketing for Zurn Industries of Milwaukee, part of the Rexnord Water Management Platform from April 2016 until March 2018. Prior to that, Sam worked at Pentair Residential Filtration of Milwaukee, holding positions in platform management and marketing management. He also held the positions of VP global marketing and director of global marketing & product management. From 2001 until 2008, he worked at GE Water and Process Technologies, with roles in global marketing and sales, product management, and new product development. Sam began his career as a Marketing Manager with Osmonics, Inc., of Milwaukee.

Sam holds a BS in communications and advertising with an emphasis in engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Water Quality Association from 2007 until 2016 and served as the association president during the 2014-2015 term. He also chaired the association’s Government Relations Committee and the Convention Committee. Sam received the Water Quality Association’s Hall of Fame Award in 2017, the highest award presented by the organization. He also is a 2009 recipient of a Key Award from the WQA.