Sam was hired by IBM right out of college (Christopher Newport College where he earned a B.A. in Mathematics), and has worked there ever since. Crazy, huh? His current position at Big Blue is Senior Technical Staff Member in the Emerging Technologies Group. He is a member of the Board of Directors and Vice President of the Apache Software Foundation and chairman of the Jakarta project. He's also a developer on the Apache SOAP project, the [WWW]Feed Validator, and the [WWW]Mombo publishing system which powers [WWW]his weblog.


Sam owns an Acura MDX, though he probably doesn't need to use it very much as he telecommutes. He owns [WWW]a cat (insomuch as anyone can be said to "own" a cat) and he has at times cared for [WWW]a possum.