Board Members

The Board of Directors includes professionals from various industries allowing FABG to utilize their expertise and experience to serve businesses, communities and private members, both in Finland and in Texas

Sami Simula - President

Sami is the President of Okmetic Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of a Finnish Silicon wafer manufacturer. Sami has experience in both manufacturing and quality management, as well as process development in the Silicon wafer business. He has a doctorate in Physics from the Helsinki University of Technology.


Katriina Jarvela - Treasurer

Katriina Jarvela represents Finnish Women's Club. She is a D.D.S. in Finland. She is also an independent business owner, Internet Marketer and Mentor. Her language skills include Finnish, Swedish, English, German and basic Italian and Spanish.

Kenneth Niesman - Director

Ken Niesman has served as an FABG Board member since 2006. He is also the Honorary Consul of Finland for northern Texas and Oklahoma. Mr. Niesman is an attorney and has practiced law in the corporate and business section of Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP since 1976. During his 30 years of law practice, he has represented, and continues to represent, several Finland-based entities in connection with their US operations.

Petri Heinonen - Director

Born in Helsinki, Finland, Petri is a 20 year veteran within the wireless industry working as Sales Manager for Nokia, Inc in Dallas, TX. Currently Petri works as Realtor with Dallas Luxe Homes @ Re/max DFW Associates. He has a passion for music, Table Tennis, tropical climates and spending time with his family.


Markku Toiviainen - Director

Markku works as Vice President & General Manager at Anite Telecoms Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of British Anite plc specializing in wireless testing technology. Markku has held this position since 2005. Before this assignment, Markku worked at Nokia Mobile Phones and Nokia Multimedia for ten years in various management roles in sales, product management, and business line management. Markku holds an MSc in Industrial Engineering and Management from the University of Oulu. Markku also serves as an Officer and Treasurer of Finnish Lutheran Church of North Texas.


Vesa Jäämuru - Director

Vesa currently works as Consultant Device Quality for Verizon Wireless after serving Nokia over 20 years in various R&D position. In Finland Vesa pioneered Nokia’s GSM modem and DSP development afterwhich he lead R&D product programs in Dallas for US GSM1900 markets as well as multimedia smart phone SW development. Vesa holds an MSc in Electrical  Engineering from the University of Oulu and Executive MBA degree from UT Arlington.


Sami Pekkala - Director

Sami currently works as Lead Solution Architect for NAM region in Nokia. Sami has been working for Nokia and Nokia Siemens and Networks for 20 years in various positions in R&D, Product and Project Management and in Delivery Management. Sami moved to Dallas, TX in 2013 after working several years in Canada where he was also active member of Chamber of Commerce including being member of Board of Directors. In his free time Sami does like to work around the house doing small or bigger renovation projects. Sami also plays ice hockey in local recreation league and he can be seen in daily walks with their dog.



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