Sam began his dairy cooperative career in 1969 with Associated Milk Producers, Inc. (AMPI) in San Antonio, Texas. Prior to AMPI, he held accounting positions in the building material industry, oil and gas exploration industry and a CPA firm. His work in government relations began at AMPI in 1974. He has been active in the development and enactment of numerous Farm Bills and other legislative and regulatory issues important to dairy farmers. Through his responsibilities as treasurer of the Dairy Educational Political Action Committee, Sam has been active in scores of federal elections during his career.