Sam
Media Relations and Training, Communications, Public Affairs, Crisis Communications and Planning

SAM

Sam has more than 30 years of documented success in planning, organizing, implementing and managing Communications/Public Affairs programs at the national and global level.

Sam has more than 30 years of documented success in planning, organizing, implementing and managing Communications/Public Affairs programs at the national and global level.

As Director of Communications for Aviation Programs in Lockheed Martin Corporation’s Washington Operations Directorate, Sam was the principal point of contact with Washington, DC-based news organizations as well as with Pentagon and Capitol Hill public affairs’ staffs.

Before joining Lockheed Martin in 1998, Sam served in the Executive Office of the President of the United States as Director of Public Affairs for the White House Drug Policy Office. In that capacity, he developed communications strategies for use by the President and other senior government officials in publicizing federal drug policy positions. He was the primary spokesperson to national and international media, and advised the White House Drug Czar on all aspects of public affairs.

Other positions Sam has held throughout his career:

  • Deputy Director of Defense Information in the Pentagon Press Office
  • Public Affairs Program Manager at the Department of Energy
  • 21 years in the U.S. Air Force in numerous leadership roles including Chief of Public Affairs at several Air Force bases and key spokesperson for numerous Air Force-wide programs in the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force.

In addition, Sam’s career highlights include:

  • Supervised media relations activity in the aftermath of sensational workplace violence incident: shooting spree in which seven employees were killed and eight others were wounded.
  • Directed crisis communications activities and was “on-scene” spokesperson at major aircraft accidents, natural disasters, terrorist incidents, and hazardous fuel spills.
  • Prepared Secretary of Defense, Secretary of Energy, White House Drug Czar, CEOs, and other senior leaders for press conferences, media interviews, Congressional testimony, town-hall meetings, and other public appearances.
  • Organized worldwide press coverage of repatriation of American hostages from the Middle East.

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