MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

Samuel Davis | January 5, 2016

Samuel DavisProfessional Biography:

Samuel Davis is an IT Business Process Analyst at the State of Ohio in Columbus, Ohio. He received his bachelor’s degree from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio with a focus in Business Administration and eventually earned career positions as a Financial Center Branch Manager at a Fifth Third Bank and at a US Bank. After a successful career in banking & finance, Samuel decided to transition his career from the private sector to the public sector which was directly influenced by his becoming a parent of a child with a developmental disability. In additional to being gainfully employed as a professional, Samuel is a United Way Key Club & Steering Committee Member, volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House, Owner/Operator of a local golf league, Neighborhood Committee Chairperson, avid weekend golfer, billiards player, and chess competitor. He currently resides in Hilliard, Ohio with his wife, two children, and a family pet dog. He can be contacted at Samuel.davis@live.com

NBMBAA: What do you like best about your current role/organization?
SD: I enjoy working on productive teams and positively impacting businesses’ bottom- lines while ensuring the delivery of great products to end users and project owners.

NBMBAA: What is the best advice that you have received/favorite quote/personal mantra?
Best advice I have ever received was being told to genuinely ensure that my true character is consistent with whom I try to promote and display myself as to others.
Favorite Quote “It’s better to be prepared for an opportunity, and not have one than to have one and not be prepared” (Whitney Young Jr.)

NBMBAA: What are your thoughts on leadership and success?
SD: My favorite poet, Maya Angelou sums up my thoughts on leadership and success rather simply with a  quote…”I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Because of this logic, I try to be the type of person whom people want to interact with, work alongside, and respect as a person. My goal and personal mantra is to be respectful to anyone I come in contact with, offer a polite compliment whenever the opportunity presents itself, and to be recognizable and/or familiar because of my happy smile or positive attitude.

NBMBAA: What are three words/phrases that describe you, and why?
SD:  Confident, Assertive, and Optimistic. I am confident in myself as a result of my family upbringing and life achievements; I feel assertive as I’ve always possessed a gift in effectively communicating what I want and bold enough to make plans to ensure I get what I want; and I consider myself optimistic as I’m a God-fearing man and I choose to believe life definitely must be a good thing.

NBMBAA: What are you reading right now/listening to on your portable device?
SD: I’m reading Destiny: Step into Your Purpose by T.D. Jakes and I’m listening to classic R&B, Maxwell.