After graduating from Taylor University, Sam started work in a corporate leadership training program for recent college grads who desired to become an Operator. Working from the ground up, he was granted the opportunity to take over a restaurant in Columbus, OH and then relocated to Circle Centre Mall in downtown Indianapolis. He served as the Operator there until 2015, when Saxony and I-69 opened.
Sam and his teams have won the prestigious Symbol of Success award given annually for sales growth by Chick-fil-A Inc. four times. He has been a part of over 130 Grand Openings of restaurants around the country. In addition to growing his restaurant in Noblesville, he serves as the Operator Consultant for Chick-fil-A locations at IUPUI and Taylor University. He also is a member of the Central Indiana Operator Executive Team and head of the Marketing Council.
Sam’s personal mission is to “help others get from here to there”. He loves to see people on his team climb their mountains and knowing that, because of the opportunity they had at Chick-fil-A, they were able to improve their leadership, capacity, and work ethic to accomplish whatever comes next in their life. He spends his time in the restaurant trying to challenge the team and individuals to grow and setting a vision for the business to allow for more challenges to always present themselves.
Sam has been married to Holly since 2001 and they have two teenage daughters, Taylor and AbyGail. His favorite Chick-fil-A item is Grilled Nuggets with gobs of BBQ sauce.