Sammy Montecastro is the President and General Manager of Mitchell Madison Group Manila, Inc., a Mitchell Madison Group brand, a position he has held the past 14 years. With over 20 years of programming and IT management experience, he is the principal data engineer at MMG.

Sammy makes sure that in every client engagement, MMG’s data scientists and consultants are empowered to use the best available analytics and big data tools and technologies. Apart from managing the IT infrastructure of MMG, he is responsible for keeping the firm updated with cutting edge tools, from proprietary desktop business intelligence software, to open-source distributed computing tools, to cloud-based technologies using Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure or Google Cloud Platform. Complex data transformations, when needed, he codes using C/C++ or Python.

Before setting up Mitchell Madison Group Manila, Inc., he held various technology-related positions at several companies including an internet startup, a multinational bank and a manufacturing startup. He was a pioneer in the wireless applications technology space, and is co-inventor of a registered U.S. patent in the field of wireless technology.

Sammy is an electrical engineering graduate of the University of the Philippines. While completing his undergraduate studies, he taught robotics at the top science high school in the Philippines, mentoring students to consecutive award-winning projects in international science competitions. He studied for his MBA at the Asian Institute of Management and was an MBA exchange student at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Sammy is an avid auto mechanic, electronics hobbyist and tool junkie. He is in the process of converting a 30-year old BMW into an electric vehicle. He likes to ride his motorcycle to remote open roads, but doesn’t have the guts to continue once he encounters deep mud or rugged terrain.