D. Samuel Karge, SVP, President - North America Water Treatment


Sam 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, the Aquasana line of drinking water solutions, and the Hague line of water softening products.   

Sam joined A. O. Smith after serving as Vice President-Sales and 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 Vice President-Global Marketing and Director of Global Marketing and 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 is a 1997 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor of Science degree in communications and advertising with an emphasis in engineering.  

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.