“Life is full of choices, the selection process is all up to you.”
Those are words Sam Schuessler lives by. Sam’s dedication and drive shines forth in all that he does. Whether he’s playing basketball or golf, reading, or attending class, Sam gives his all. The CFO of FMA, Sam grew up in Opelika and attended Trinity Christian. The transition from high school to college was a game-changer for Sam, who went from a graduating class of 8 students to an Auburn University freshman class of nearly 25,000. Though quite the change, a swift and necessary acclimation did not stop Sam from carving out his own path.
When asked why Sam chose to pursue a career in finance, Sam credits his father: “I always remember my dad telling me, ‘when given a choice, choose challenging. ’” Sam’s dad was a CPA and at first, Sam was torn between accounting and finance. “I quickly realized after doing some research that accounting was not the right fit for me. Although the path to a future career in accounting is more defined and predictable, I knew I had to dig in and pursue finance instead.”
Sam is now nearing the completion of that finance degree. His involvement in FMA, Sam says, has helped him grow professionally, while also creating lifetime friendships. Favorite FMA memory? Sam recalls when he stepped up to orchestrate a fundraising effort for FMA: “We were all set to sell water at the Auburn Airwaves concert. Lil John was the featured act. This was going to be huge – we were the only source of hydration for the thousands that would show up.” As it turned out, a storm system settled in right over the stage. “No sooner had we sold about 40 water bottles than the heavens opened and a torrential storm unloaded on the students and the stage. We lost money on that venture and had to sell back 960 unused water bottles at a discount, but it was one of the best times – the FMA group was just trying to navigate the waters and the mass exodus of soaked students!”
Where does Sam go from here? After college, our CFO will be headed to Birmingham where he will join the team at BBVA as part of their Leap Program. Thank you for all that you have meant to this organization Sam. You will be missed.
Contributing author – Adrian Eves