Sam is a first year MBA candidate at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. Studying international relations and economics at Michigan State University, Sam discovered an interest in economics and finance, leading to an internship with the Office of Economics at the International Trade Commission in Washington, DC. After graduation, Sam joined KPMG’s Economic and Valuation Services practice in New York City, focusing on transfer pricing and intangible asset valuation. In 2016, after three years in the New York City office, Sam transferred to KPMG’s office in Amsterdam, where he continued working in transfer pricing, primarily with U.S. multinational’s intragroup financing entities in the Netherlands, before returning to the New York City office at the end of 2017. While at KPMG, Sam was deeply involved with the firm’s LGBT Resource Group, co-chairing KPMG’s team in the AIDS Walk NY in 2015 and 2016. In his spare time, Sam also enjoys traveling and cycling in the summer whenever possible.
What made you consider business school?
Having the opportunity to apply my interest in economics to complex issues facing multinational clients was a great way to start my career. However, after a few years with KPMG’s Economic and Valuation Services group, I found myself looking for new challenges and ways to build on my existing skillset. Attending the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business will provide me the opportunity to explore my intellectual curiosities in finance and economics, while also helping me develop into the leader that I will need to be in order to effectively apply what I have learned to the next step in my career.
What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
Business school will be an incredible opportunity to learn from some of the leading academics in my field as well as a diverse community of accomplished students. By fully engaging with the business school community, I will be continuously challenged and pushed out of my comfort zone, which will enable me to immerse myself in the topics that interest me, reach my professional goals, and become a better leader in an increasingly diverse business environment.
Who are some leaders (in the LGBT community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?
From the business community, two leaders who have always inspired me are Satya Nadella and Carla Harris. Satya Nadella for his understanding that technology's interconnectedness will enable society to achieve more than what would be possible with one company alone, and Carla Harris because her personal story is incredibly inspiring, and her thoughts on diversity and the importance of embracing individual authenticity have provided essential guidance for my own career.
What's one thing everyone should know about you?
A first generation college graduate, I grew up on a farm in rural Michigan. While I have loved living in New York City and Amsterdam and look forward to spending two years in Chicago, I take every opportunity I can to go back home, since it was at my family's farm that I learned the values that have made me who I am now.