Sam is a native of the Midwest and has a diverse background in management consulting, leadership development, and hospitality management. As an avid traveler and wine enthusiast, he has explored wine regions throughout Europe and the U.S., which ultimately led him to establish roots here in the Willamette Valley and shift his focus exclusively to the wine industry after living in Scottsdale, AZ for fifteen years. Sam holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics from Butler University, a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Indiana University, and is a CMS Certified Sommelier, a SWE Certified Wine Educator, as well as WSET Level 3 with Distinction and is currently pursuing the WSET Diploma. Sam oversees all day to day business operations at Lingua Franca.
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