Sam was born in Houston, Texas in 1968 to Freddie and Elijah. He is the eldest of his sister, Tammy and brother, Adrian. His story is one of hard work, discipline and perseverance. Education and training have always been important to Sam, and has been a key motivating factor to getting him where he is today. He attended Memorial Drive Elementary School, Francis Scott Key Junior High School, and graduated from Barbara Jordan High School for Careers in 1987 where he also participated in Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).