Sam is a venture partner with Huron River Ventures and is responsible for deal sourcing, portfolio management, and portfolio company support. His expertise spans sectors from the biological sciences to information technology with nearly all activities centered around sustainability and resource economics. Sam is also a venture partner with Open Prairie Ventures, a leading agricultural technology firm, and authors a monthly column on finance and strategy for Entrepreneur Magazine.
Prior to these roles, Sam was the Director of Venture Development for NextEnergy and a Portfolio Manager for Michigan State University Foundation – a $400 million foundation that is the dedicated commercialization arm for MSU-based technologies. He currently serves on the MSU MTRAC Commercialization Advisory Board and is a board member for the MSU Center for Venture Capital and Entrepreneurial Finance.
Sam is also a seasoned e-commerce entrepreneur, founding the first-ever online e-gift card aggregator, GiftZip.com. Within 30 months under his direction, GiftZip.com was acquired by SVM LP, the global leader in third-party gift card marketing.
He received his BA in Environmental Biology, Summa Cum Laude, from Albion College and an MBA in Finance from the Eli Broad Graduate School of Management at Michigan State University. He is also a graduate of the Venture Capital Institute.