A “SAM’-ple of great
AUSTIN – In 1970 Samir “Sam” G. Hanna, left his home in Egypt and came to the U.S. with only $250 and a goal of one day financially supporting his family. After several years in a leadership role with a national engineering firm, in 1994 Hanna established his own surveying company in Austin named Surveying And Mapping, Inc., which later became Surveying And Mapping LLC (SAM). In 2014, SAM LLC celebrated its 20th anniversary.
Under Hanna’s direction, the firm has expanded from its initial offering of professional land surveying services, to include digital aerial mapping, terrestrial, mobile, and airborne LiDAR services, hydrographic surveying, subsurface utility engineering (SUE), utility coordination, and geographic information systems (GIS). The company now has a wholly owned subsidiary, SAM-Construction Services LLC® (SAM-CS), that specializes in construction phase services. In 2016, the SAM family of companies acquired So-Deep Inc., a nationally recognized subsurface utility engineering company, and this further expanded the geographic and service reach for the SAM family of companies.
In January 2017, Hanna announced his retirement from the daily management of the company, but he remains chairman of the board and continues to serve as an advisor to the management team. SAM is currently led by Christopher M. Solomon, RPLS, who has been president since December 2015.
Hanna’s founding philosophy for the company is still its guiding principle: to stay focused on quality of work and customer satisfaction, and to recruit the best people and provide the most advanced equipment and training. Ultimately, he believes in the importance of having talented and committed employees.
“We value the people that work for us above all else,” Hanna says. “Without them, there’s no other way we could succeed.” –cw
SAM has more than 600 employees in several offices nationwide, with its headquarters located in Austin, Texas.
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