About Sam…


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Title: An identity For Our City
Description: Our city (and world) faces a set of issues that will impact generations to come…education, health, environmental sustainability and a growing divide between people in general. At the same time our city is growing at a rapid rate, and because of this many of Charlotte’s most cultural amenities have disappeared in exchange for traditional development…couple that with the last couple of years of dealing with civil unrest, HB2, and other nationally recognized stories, it is not a stretch to say Charlotte has an identity crisis on its hands….some would say that besides big business, Charlotte has never had a true identity that is unique to our city alone. I want to present an idea that takes on all four of the first mentioned issues, and allows us to craft a true identity for our city, and for all of the right reasons. It revolves around aquaponics as a vehicle for educational transformation in our city.
What would the news headline about your talk? A Call To Action For The People Of Charlotte
What do you want people to learn from your talk? That we, the citizens of Charlotte, can make bold moves for the betterment of future generations.
What action items do you want people to take away from your talk? Together, we can transform 100 local schools and impact 20,000 students per year, and begin to craft a most important identity for our city, but we must begin now.

Learn more about Sam…

Where is your hometown? Charlotte, NC
What are your hobbies? I play in a regional touring metal/punk rock band called The Dirty South Revolutionaries. I also host karaoke at NoDa 101. I enjoy going out and drinking, gardening, seeing live music, fishing….and I really like cats.
What are you passionate about? Humanity, the planet and all living things.
What is the best compliment you’ve received? Thank you for giving my son a direction in life, he has never been passionate about anything until now. (The mother of one of my students at Stonewall Jackson Youth Development Center)
What do you want to be remembered for? Living the human experience to the fullest.
How do you push the boundaries? I am a local musician with no college education. I have now found myself teaching in correctional centers, schools and also in Haiti as well as running a non-profit and co-owner of the Seeds on 36th: Urban Farm Store. I am very candid, and that can push bounderies on its own.
What does your happy place look like? Fishing, beer, friends…or on stage rocking out \m/
What is one thing that you would like to share that isn’t commonly known about you? I was a competitive swimmer for 9 years. Shaved my whole body and wore speedos (hence the long hair and beard now).

Thoughts on Charlotte…

What part of town do you live in? Villa Heights
What draws you to Charlotte? Big city livin in a southern state.
Where do you see Charlotte in 5 years? In 5 years, Charlotte will be one of the largest cities in the US, a melting pot of different people’s and cultures.

Our most important question…

What animal will most likely be our future overlords? Cats