Staff Highlight: Sam Pugh, Advancement Assistant
Where were you before your time with ESLC?
Hey there! My name is Sam Pugh and I was born and raised in Easton, MD. I’ve done some moving around for short periods of time through my life, but keep finding my way back to the beautiful Eastern Shore. Before ESLC, I began my professional career at the Easton Family YMCA, where I worked for 7 years. Between working at the Y and playing music in the area with my band, Heartside, I have been lucky enough to connect with so many neighbors and community partners (but if I don’t know you, PLEASE say hi!).
How did you come to work for ESLC?
I had always known about ESLC, but was told about a job opportunity from my dear friend and ESLC Stewardship Specialist, Michael Dunmyer. I immediately jumped at the opportunity, as my passion for advancement work had been growing over the past couple years. When I got the call from Lauren Halterman to come in for an interview, we realized that we had known each other from years ago. Between learning more and more about the incredible work that ESLC does and the connections that I already had with the staff, coming aboard was a no-brainer.
What is your favorite thing about ESLC?
It’s hard to choose just one favorite thing about ESLC! If I have to choose one, though, it’s the staff. Not only is everyone extremely friendly, but their passion and knowledge are truly unmatched. Each individual is here because they truly care about every piece of the Eastern Shore: the land, the wildlife, the people and the towns. When you get people that are this committed to the mission, what’s not to love?
What is your favorite thing about the Eastern Shore?
Alright, so this is a question where it is truly impossible to have just one answer. I love SO MANY of the people on the Eastern Shore. The majority of my family lives here and I have made lifelong connections with countless friends, as well. My family made sure that I fell fully in love with all that nature has to offer here. I grew up fishing off the dock with my great grandfather in Royal Oak and swimming with all of my cousins in Harris Creek. Now, in the summers I love to be on the water, preferably kayaking or relaxing on my aunt’s pedalboat. I also adore all of the wildlife that the shore has to offer. For my girlfriend’s birthday, I had the wonderful artist Josepha Price paint some of the wildlife we have seen in our own backyard. This included owls, deer, geese, foxes, and so many more. The Eastern Shore is just a fantastic place to be!
If you were given a million dollars, what would you do with it?
If I was given a million dollars, I’d start by paying off the debts of some loved ones. For myself, I would buy a small house, invest a portion, and buy some music gear that I’ve been eyeing. Most importantly, though, I would pay it forward and donate to local charities.