I’m an entrepreneur and design leader with 20 years of experience in design strategy and management across creative fields, in organizations big and small, for profit and nonprofit. I earned my BFA in Industrial Design from Rochester Institute of Technology and went on to design consumer electronics at Bose Corporation. There, in 2008, I received the Red Dot Design Award for my design work, and that same year the entire Bose Design Center received Red Dot’s prestigious Design Team of the Year award. I taught design and entrepreneurship at Wentworth Institute of Technology, Massachusetts College of Art & Design, and Babson College, where I earned my MBA in 2015.

In 2009, I founded Design Museum Everywhere, an online, nomadic museum with the mission to bring the transformative power of design everywhere. Design is everywhere, so the museum has no permanent address, instead, my team and I turn the museum inside out, making it accessible to all across many platforms and locations. I hosted the museum's Design is Everywhere podcast for over 100 episodes focused on the impact of design. I wrote a book about our wild entrepreneurial journey, it's called Adventures in Disruption: How to Start, Survive, and Succeed as a Creative Entrepreneur.

I’ve worked at and consulted with some of the top brands in the world including GE, Kodak, Bose, Shark/Ninja, and Philips. I currently lead the Strategic & Concept Design team at Edward Jones. I love using design and business strategy to solve complex problems that work for people, business, and the environment. In 2020 Graphic Design USA named me one of their 20 Responsible Designers to Watch. I frequently speak at events and conferences on design, strategy, entrepreneurship, and leadership. (I'd love to speak at your upcoming event!)

I live outside Boston, MA with my wife and three children. The recognition I’m most proud of? In 2018 I was named one of Fatherly’s 100 Coolest Dads in America, I was #57 on the list.
Sam is among the most talented and conscientious leaders I know. He is thoughtful, dynamic, and resourceful, and is re-imagining the design landscape."
— David Morgan, Management Consultant
Sam is more than a talented designer and design strategist: he is a genuine, natural design leader. His organizational skills, execution, and follow-through are all great assets, but his easy-going personality is one of his greatest assets. He can be brutally honest as well as tactfully diplomatic, depending on the needs of the moment. It was a pleasure to work with him."
— Adam O'Hern, Engineer, Apple