Sam started flying when he was 12 years old with an interest in aviation since he was 6 years old. His parents used to bring him to both Beverly and Logan Airports to watch planes takeoff and land. He started working at Beverly Flight Center when he was 13 years old greasing the airplane yokes and cleaning the windshields. This evolved into washing the planes in the summer to make money for flying lessons. Sam soloed at 16 years old and got his private license at 17.

After graduating from Swampscott High School, he joined the North Shore Community College Aviation Science program where he earned his instrument rating, commercial certificate, and flight instructor certificate. He also earned his commercial multi engine certificate on the side. Today, Sam is a full time Airline Pilot for a major airline and a part time Flight Instructor and 141 Check Pilot at Beverly Flight Center.