Sam enrolled at the Lott Carey Mission School in 1980 as a fifth grader and was Valedictorian of the Class of 1987. During his stay at LCM, he served as Student Council President, a member of the IQ quizzing team, the cultural troop, drama club, debate club and participated in several sporting events. Sam Barker matriculated to the University of Liberia where he earned a BA in Political Science with minor in Mass Communications.

Due to the Liberian civil war, Sam took refuge in Ghana where he underwent technical training in woodworking and subsequently worked as a furniture maker until he migrated to the United States. Upon arrival in the USA, Sam began a new career with the Healthcare Company of America (HCA), working with its Shared Services Division in Norcross, Georgia. Alongside his thirteen year service at HCA, Sam was an entrepreneur; owning and operating the Samvee Dry Cleaners, a full service dry cleaning facility providing services and employment to residents of Stone Mountain and surrounding communities in Georgia. He also founded Lone Star Logistics LLC, a shipping, marketing and logistical supply company with branches in Atlanta and Monrovia, Liberia.

After some deep soul searching, Sam decided to go back to school to further enhance his academic and technical skills. This time, he chose to pursue his dream career, aviation. He enrolled in the Aviation Institute of Maintenance in Atlanta and graduated Cum Laude. After successfully passing the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) certified airmen examinations, he immediately gained employment with Boeing South Carolina as an aircraft systems mechanic on the 787 Dreamliner.


With a year’s experience at Boeing, he left to join Landmark Aviation as a general aircraft mechanic. Six months later, Sam re-joined the Boeing family as an Aircraft Inspector on the 787 Dreamliner. This is a position he currently holds. However, Sam is also completing his studies on a Master of Science degree in Logistics and supply chain from the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. “All thanks to LCM for the firm foundation that has allowed me to compete and excel in diverse career capacities, making a positive contribution to the global community,” he concludes.