Sam is a venture partner with Grand Ventures and supports deal sourcing, diligence, and portfolio company operations. He serves the same role with Open Prairie Ventures, a leading Midwest agriculture-focused private equity firm.
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 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.