Appointed Regional Vice President
At White Lodging Services in Merrillville - IN, USA
After serving honorably in the U.S. Army, Sams started his hospitality career as a restaurant
server at the Omni Corpus Christi while completing his college education. Over the course of
the next 20 years, Sams put together a successful and highly decorated career with Omni
Hotels. He initially held several positions in the finance discipline, including leadership roles
as an area director of finance for Omni Hotels, having responsibility for as many as ten
hotels at one time in this capacity.
In 2004, Sams transitioned to operations and returned to the Omni Corpus Christi where he
served as the Director of Operations over this complex 821 room two-tower environment. In
2006, he was named General Manager of the Omni Richmond. During his tenure in
Richmond, the outstanding results he garnered in the areas of associate engagement, guest
experience, RevPAR growth, and outstanding financial management earned him recognition
as the General Manager of the Year for Omni Hotels in 2009. In 2010, he was selected to
lead the historic 836 room Omni Shoreham in Washington DC, where he has served
admirably for the past four years. The Shoreham is Washington DC's largest four-diamond
hotel and the property was named as a "Best Place to Work" by the Washington Business
Journal during Sams' tenure.
While at Omni, Sams also co-chaired a number of brand steering committees for Omni, to
include updating the brand's associate recognition program. Sams also participated in
several task force assignments to include several openings. As a general manager, he
earned a great reputation for identifying talent and demonstrated a clear commitment to
developing future leaders.