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Sam Holmes Jr.


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Sam is a servant leader who truly serves with a humble heart. He leads by example whether serving in business Humble Bee Ginnings Inc or serving Humble Horizons Nonprofit Organization. Sam is a full-time employee of the State of Illinois Department of Children and Family Services as a child welfare specialist. Sam has been a real estate investor since 2005. He has worked or volunteered for various nonprofit organizations and served in different capacities such as:

  • Site Director: YMCA TEEN OUTREACH

  • Community Child Care and Service Center: Baby Talk Case manager & Male Involvement Coordinator

  • Goodwill Goodguides Youth Mentoring Program: Program Coordinator

  • Community Living Options: QMRP

  • Gateway Foundation/Substance Abuse Counselor (inside Jacksonville Correctional Facility)

  • Foster Parent: since 2005

Sam loves to mentor youth and adults. During the winter he can be seen and heard coaching boys’ basketball at the elementary level. The “All things HUMBLE” mentality is at the core of developing student athletes. After Sam graduated from Southeast High School in 1998, he went on to earn an athletic scholarship to play basketball for Lincoln Land Community College. He would become a conference All-Star his second year at Lincoln Land. After his two years at Lincoln Land Sam received a scholarship to play for The University of St Francis, Fort Wayne, IN. In the year of 2002, he received his bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Illinois in Springfield.  Sam is just as competitive at life as he was as a student athlete. Sam likes to keep a positive attitude and encourages as many others as a possible. His personal success takes a back seat to motivating others to overcome their own obstacles and rise above whatever is holding them back. He notes, “Seeing someone Succeed against all odds and being instrument in one’s life change is a great feeling”.


Sam’s strengths and talents rest in motivating speaking, business, organizing, networking, and understanding and practicing team concept. In 2012 Sam was selected as a member of the class of 20 under 40 young professionals of Morgan County. Sam is active in his community and is always willing to lend a hand to those who may be less fortunate.


Favorite Quote: When the bird is alive, it eats ants. When a bird is dead, the ants eat the bird. One tree makes a million match sticks, but one matchstick burns a million trees. Time and circumstances can change at any time. Do not intentionally devalue, use or hurt anyone in life. You may be powerful today, but time is much more powerful than you! It would therefore be wise to be good to your fellow brother and sisters.

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