Prior to working with Benchmark, Sam directed public and government affairs for Colonial Pipeline, one of the world’s largest transporters of refined petroleum products (headquartered in Georgia). His experience includes more than 20 years on the company’s Emergency Response Team; and managing routine and crisis communications with broadcast and print news media, property owners along the right of way as well as, local, state and federal elected and non-elected officials. He managed crisis response for a range of issues, including: pipeline breaks, environmental issues, gasoline tank fires, landowner opposition, hurricanes and more. He also spearheaded lobbying efforts dealing with transportation and regulatory issues.

He earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees from Georgia State University. In addition to his successful PR career, Sam also has expertise in Shipping Logistics, Information Technology, Financial and Operations Auditing, Pipeline Construction and Human Resources. During his free time, Sam enjoys riding bicycles and Harley Davidson motorcycles. He also plays guitar and sings in a band with some of his good friends.