WHO I AM
Hi I’m Sam! I am a proud marketing graduate of the Crowell School of Business at Biola University in greater Los Angeles. I am a marketer by day but working towards becoming a food systems expert and community developer vigilante by night.
I desire to be a part of a synergetic team that perceives, conceives, and propels local communities to enable human flourishing. My desire is to use my background as a marketer and community developer in a mindful action-oriented community to impact the future of food and the environment.
WHY I DO
I see sustainability and our food systems as a tool to develop healthier and happier communities. I desire to make neighbors friends again (think neighborhood block parties and community BBQs like the old days), restore family time through family meals, create space for conversations with no screens to distract, foster a joy for learning with a little sweat on the brow and dirt between the nails, and desire to help America look out for the health of future generations through food security and environmental stewardship. If you want to get me riled up, then mention “biodiversity,” “permaculture,” “aquaponics,” rooftop gardens,” “crop rotation,” “community development,” "contextual analysis," or something along those lines.
In my personal studies over the last seven years, I continue to see example after example domestically and abroad of sustainable food systems being a tool to facilitate empowering localization and at the heart of it develop healthier communities. I desire food democracy for the rich, poor, young, and old. Healthier options should not be tied and available to only a certain socio-economic class. We need healthier foods in urban, suburban, and rural settings. As some have said, "Healthy food is not a luxury, but a right." I strongly desire to know more where my food comes from and the process.
I am a firm believer in the process and not just the destination. The process allows us to feel the weight and know where and how our food is made and exactly at what economic and environmental cost we receive and consume our food. The process allows us to deeply treasure and enjoy a product.
This is why I’ve pursued marketing and photography as a means to be more effective in communication of that process. Here’s my open invitation to join me in that process.
WHAT I DO
I am a nature activist, educator, kite-flying dork, multicultural coach, young-minds empowerer, roller-blading hobbyist (no joke, I have my blades in the trunk of my car at all times), sponge learner, problem-solver, team-player, advocate for the voiceless. I do actually enjoy long walks on the beach, but I also enjoy long walks through the mountains, deserts, rice fields, aquaponic greenhouses, rooftop gardens, new cultures, or new challenges.
Lastly, I am a seasoned cultural connoisseur and relationship marketer with unique global experiences and perspectives. Equipped from a childhood of being a half-Japanese kid with half his foot in Midwest America and the other half in Japan to quests & explorations in Cambodia, Japan, China, Israel, Mexico, Canada, and beyond. I am a passionate, diligent, hard worker that quickly learns the skills necessary to execute and perform the required tasks at a high level.
Wise Words I live by
Keep reading below to learn more about my 5 strengths and how they could possibly enhance your team dynamic.
My Responsibility theme forces me to take psychological ownership for anything I commit to, and whether large or small, I feel emotionally bound to follow it through to completion. My conscientiousness, this near obsession for doing things right, and my impeccable ethics, combine to create my reputation: utterly dependable. When assigning new responsibilities, people will typically look to me first because they know it will get done. When people come to me for help I must be selective. My willingness to volunteer may sometimes lead me to take on more than I should.
I live in the moment. I don’t see the future as a fixed destination. Instead, I see it as a place that I create out of the choices that I make right now. And so I discover my future one choice at a time. This doesn’t mean that I don’t have plans. I do. But this theme of Adaptability does enable me to respond willingly to the demands of the moment even if they pull me away from my plans. Unlike some, I don’t resent sudden requests or unforeseen detours. I expect them. They are inevitable. Indeed, on some level I actually look forward to them. I am, at heart, a very flexible person who can stay productive when the demands of work are pulling me in many different directions at once.
Things happen for a reason. I am sure of it. I am sure of it because in my soul I know that we are all connected. Yes, we are individuals, responsible for our own judgments and in possession of our own free will, but nonetheless we are part of something larger. I gain confidence from knowing that we are not isolated from one another or from the earth and the life on it. This feeling of Connectedness implies certain responsibilities. If we are all part of a larger picture, then we must not harm others because we will be harming ourselves. We must not exploit because we will be exploiting ourselves. My awareness of these responsibilities creates my value system. I am considerate, caring, and accepting. Certain of the unity of humankind, I am a bridge builder for people of different cultures. Sensitive to the invisible hand, I can give others comfort that there is a purpose beyond our humdrum lives. The exact articles of my faith inform my perspective, my upbringing and my culture do as well. My faith is strong. It sustains me and my close friends in the face of life’s mysteries.
I have certain core values that are enduring. The Belief theme causes me to be family-oriented, altruistic, even spiritual, and to value responsibility and high ethics—both in myself and others. These core values affect my behavior in many ways. They give my life meaning and satisfaction; in my view, success is much more than money and prestige. They provide me with direction, guiding me through the temptations and distractions of life toward a consistent set of priorities. This consistency is the foundation for all my relationships. My friends call me dependable. “I know where you stand,” they say. My Belief makes me easy to trust. It also demands that I find work that meshes with my values. My work must be meaningful; it must matter to me. And guided by my Belief theme it will matter only if it gives me a chance to live out my values.
I love to solve problems. Whereas some are dismayed when they encounter yet another breakdown, I can be energized by it. I enjoy the challenge of analyzing the symptoms, identifying what is wrong, and finding the solution. I embrace all types of difficulties from practical problems to conceptual ones to personal ones as another chance to learn and grow. What is certain is that I enjoy bringing things back to life. It is a wonderful feeling to identify the undermining factor(s), eradicate them, and restore something to its true glory. Intuitively, I know that without my intervention, this thing—this machine, this technique, this person, this company—might have ceased to function. I hope to contribute to the team or function of rekindling vitality and introducing human flourishing.
*Courtesy of the Clifton StrengthsFinder
Myers Briggs: ENFJ
ENFJs are natural-born leaders, full of passion and charisma. Forming around two percent of the population, they are oftentimes our politicians, our coaches and our teachers, reaching out and inspiring others to achieve and to do good in the world. With a natural confidence that begets influence, ENFJs take a great deal of pride and joy in guiding others to work together to improve themselves and their community.
People are drawn to strong personalities, and ENFJs radiate authenticity, concern and altruism, unafraid to stand up and speak when they feel something needs to be said. They find it natural and easy to communicate with others, especially in person, and their Intuitive (N) trait helps people with the ENFJ personality type to reach every mind, be it through facts and logic or raw emotion. ENFJs easily see people's motivations and seemingly disconnected events, and are able to bring these ideas together and communicate them as a common goal with an eloquence that is nothing short of mesmerizing.
Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey, John Cusack, Ben Affleck, Sean Connery, Jennifer Lawrence, Demi Lovato
* Courtesy of https://www.16personalities.com/enfj-personality