Sam brings more than 10 years of leadership experience to her role as Chief Operating Officer. In 2012, she completed an apprenticeship at Fleishers Westport and continued on to become the shop’s General Manager, driving the growth of Connecticut’s first sustainable, whole-animal butcher shop and restaurant. Earlier in her career, Sam served as Production Manager of Maya Mountain Cacao, a direct-trade cocoa bean sourcing operation in Belize, where she directed the processing of organic cacao beans through a 400% increase in volume and staff. Before joining the ethical food movement, Sam conceptualized, designed and deployed e-commerce and business analytics software solutions for Oracle. She holds her BA in information science and biology from Cornell University. If not for work-related meat consumption, Sam would be a vegetarian.