I was born in Waynesboro, VA and grew up in Staunton, VA. When I am not staring at screens taking trades or analyzing markets, I am usually found on the golf course or in the woods hiking with my family, or in kayaks in a body of water. I was recruited out of college early into the professional world where I have not been able to look back since. I spent the beginning of my career in the life insurance and mortgage protection business, eventually molding my skills into a refined retirement and financial planner. Dealing with families and individuals’ personal finances has really taken up most of my professional career since my early 20s. After exploring many career opportunities across the country my wife and I wanted to raise our children right here at home where I grew up and be able to give back to this community and help to grow it in any way we can. I started my own insurance brokerage in 2019 which my wife will be taking over, and I am beyond thrilled to join F&M and Infinex to be able to offer investment services to my existing and new potential clients. Trading stocks, currencies, and commodities is one of my biggest passions and hobbies, and I believe these skills will play an integral part of helping families reach their financial dreams and goals.
What led you to work for F&M Financial Services?
Being in Financial Services one of the first things I look for is stability and long term consistency. F&M Financial Services is also associated with F&M Bank. The F&M brand has been the shining example here in the Valley for 114 years and running. That is extremely rare these days. I also notice how much more I see the F&M logo at local sponsored events, youth sports, charity events, and business contests than I noticed any other competing organization. That says so much to me about who is giving back to the community and investing in our future growth as an area.
Where are you from?
I was born in Waynesboro, VA and raised in Staunton, VA. After traveling a good portion of the US and the World, I can be the first to attest to how well we have it here in the Valley and how hard it is to leave this area!
What behavior or personality trait do you most attribute your success to, and why?
I think my passion to help others is the major key here. More importantly I think my competitive nature and just absolutely hating to lose drives me to be better. If I think someone else is working harder than me, I just won’t wont have that. Period!
How do you start your day?
I open my eyes and usually open the market charts, followed by a room temperature 20oz of water, and usually my two dogs staring at me to go outside.
What’s a work-related accomplishment that you’re really proud of?
Being consistently ranked in the top 20 life insurance producers in the country at National Agents Alliance for my 6 out of 7 years in that focus of financial services is something I didn’t even think I was capable of when I started, I think being consistent for that long is something I am most proud of.”
What’s one thing you’re currently trying to make a habit?
Not eating snack cakes from the bank break rooms, coupled with stretching more during the day.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Pizza, and Butterfingers, I really like sleeping too.
Do you have a hidden talent? What is it?
I have an extreme gift for grilling and smoking meats. My wife says I should start a YouTube channel. I like to keep my secrets.
What’s the top destination on your must-visit list?
If you could choose a superpower, what would it be?
Share the best piece of advice anyone has ever given you.
Everything worth while is an uphill climb.
What activities do you participate in over the weekend?
I am very boring, I either am golfing, taking a hike with my family, or washing the cars. That’s about it folks.
List three items on your bucket list
- I’d like to go for a ride in a F16 or 17 Fighter jet.
- Play Pebble Beach or Augusta National
- Watch 90 ft waves surf contest in Jaws, Maui Hawaii
If you could quickly and easily learn any new skill, what would it be?
Sam Shaw is a Registered Representative, Infinex Investments, Inc.