To accurately describe Sam in only a few words would, indeed, be difficult. With a background including law, financial services, property development, furniture retail, and hospitality, Sam could never be labeled ‘one-dimensional’. Rather, he holds an incredible insight, developed and refined throughout his diverse and successful career.
He is caring, genuine and wholeheartedly dedicated to helping people and organisations reach their highest potential.
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Sam is a loving father of three; Christopher, Matthew and Amelia. He lives with Amelia, his beautiful wife Katrina and their dog Molly in Sydney.
Sam was born and raised in Beirut in the 1960’s. He loved his grandmother and considered her a second mother. Her name was Rose (in Arabic, grandmother translates to ‘Teyta’).
Teyta Rose taught Sam how to milk cows and goats. Best of all she taught him how to cook. Sam loved to watch her cook for hours on end, and would often be found peeking over her shoulders while she stirred the pot over a fire that burned on the floor of her humble little cottage. She would often get him to fetch thyme and other herbs and vegetables from her garden.
Sam was known as a boy who liked to climb trees, especially the mulberry tree at the front of his Teyta’s house. He has a scar on his leg from when he slipped on a stump whilst climbing to a higher branch.
Due to the Civil War, Sam migrated to Australia with his parents and brother in 1973, knowing only Arabic, French and basic English.
Growing up in Sydney’s west, Sam, although showing an interest in language, art and poetry, rebelled against the strict discipline of the school system. Often truanting, Sam had poor results and not a great interest in education, until his mathematics teacher took an interest in him and inspired him to believe in his abilities. He went on to achieve entry into law school and completed a Master of Laws degree at the University of New South Wales.
Sam achieved partnership status early in his legal career, which led to opening his own law firm. His most recent venture focused on the banking and finance industry, and it recently engaged in a strategic alliance with one of the world’s largest wholesale banks.
Sam has conducted training seminars for many Australian and international financial institutions. In 2000, Sam had his first taste of large-scale audiences, presenting to over 1000 attendees at Property Expo. The buzz of the audience got Sam hooked on public speaking, and it has been his passion ever since. Whether he is speaking to 10 people or 1000 people, Sam brings intensity to the message that stirs his listeners. His talks are dynamic, challenging, eloquent and entertaining.