Sam was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. His father and uncle were residential real estate developers who created the developments known as Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Beverly Hills in or near San Juan.
Sam graduated from Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts and Brown University. After graduation, he moved to New York City and worked at the Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company. While in New York, he joined the New Jersey Air National Guard and spent six years in the Air Force Reserves. He eventually moved to Atlanta and became a Vice President of office development at Cousins Properties.
Sam earned an MBA from Georgia State University and later became an Adjunct Professor of Real Estate and Urban Affairs at GSU.
In 1971, Sam formed AFCO Realty to provide commercial real estate services to corporate and business America. AFCO provided commercial property management, brokerage, and development services and handled billions of dollars of transactions for clients. He also formed an extended stay hotel company that developed, managed, and owned hotels across the Southeast.
During his career in real estate, Sam earned four major professional designations; CCIM, CPM, SIOR, and CRE.
Sam is the founding chairman of the Board of Directors of the PATH Foundation , a prior member of the Atlanta Housing Authority Board, and a past chairman of the Atlanta Union Mission. He was also a founding director of the National Infantry Museum Foundation Board In Columbus and was awarded the Order of Saint Maurice by the National Infantry Association in 2016.
Sam is a longtime member of the Atlanta Kiwanis Club and has served as Chairman of the Kiwanis Foundation Board. He continues to serve as the Managing Broker of AFCO Realty.
Sam lives in Buckhead with his wife, Susan. They have 5 children and 8 grandchildren.