Growing up the youngest of five in Zionsville, Sam had the benefit of being raised by his parents AND all of his siblings. He credits each of them for various parts of his personality.
Getting into business school at IU was a dream come true. Graduating with a finance degree and getting a job fresh out of school at a bank made it even better. His first job was a rotational program that allowed him to spread his wings – to Dallas, then Los Angeles, and finally Louisville. It was there that Sam realized the corporate banking world wasn’t his calling after all.
A big break took Sam to Ogilvy in Atlanta, where he learned the ropes of advertising and experiential marketing. That role led him to a brand management stint at Newell, where Sam got to develop new products with cross-functional teams. This background, plus an innate drive to serve others were a perfect mix for his accounts role at SmallBox.
According to Sam, his most grand life accomplishment yet is getting married to Abbey, his partner in thrifting and in life. He’s grateful she brought him back to Indy, where he’s fallen in love with different neighborhoods. Fountain Square is his go-to for eating out and music. A lover of architecture, he frequents the streets of Meridian Kessler, walking and daydreaming about houses and the people who built them. And he spends a lot of time on the Near East Side, home to both his church and gym.
Outside of the office, you can find Sam playing soccer for the Indy City Futbol league. Having played since the age of three, he can’t recall life without it.
Is it time to version?
The reality of modern business is one of ever accelerating evolution and change. What if we "version" organizations the way we do with software?