Sam is a successful entrepreneur and executive with privately held and public company experience. Following a 12-year career at IBM, Sam co-founded Compete in 1995 and helped build it into one of the largest WebSphere consultancies. Compete was acquired by Perficient, a publicly held technical services firm in 2000. The acquisition of Compete introduced an IBM relationship to Perficient, where Sam served as COO for two years. Sam later co-founded Ascendant Technology in 2004 and as CEO built a global team, recognized for quality delivery and the alignment of technology for business advantage. Sam oversaw the acquisition of Ascendant by Avnet, Inc. in 2012. In his role as a Global Leader of Avnet Business and IT Services, Sam managed the software and services relationships with IBM, SAP, HP, and Oracle. A passionate leader, Sam has been attracting and retaining top talent and building long term relationships with clients and partners for over 25 years. He actively participates on the boards of several technology firms, including Oculus360 and Belong Software. Sam is a competitive sportsman and enjoys golf, basketball and bocce.