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EXECUTIVE FOCUS: SAM FRANCIS, PRES., SAM’S INC.

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Sam Francis

President Sam's Inc.(Sam's Candy & Gifts; Sam's Travel)

Centerville

VITAL STATISTICS

Age: 19

Where born: Murray

Family: Single

Education: Graduate Judge Memorial High School, Salt Lake; currently a junior at Gonzaga University, Spokane, Wash.

Primary products: Contemporary and Christian giftware; candy and gourmet items; worldwide travel arrangements.

Primary markets: Salt Lake, Davis, and Weber counties as well as our Spokane, Wash., travel office.

Number of employees: Four.

Annual sales: $250,000 to $275,000.

PERSONALITY PROFILE

First "real" job: St. Ann's summer camp counselor in Logan Canyon, age 12; opened Sam's Candy Co. at age 13.

Management style: Prefer to allow employees independent, original thinking; space to grow and develop. Emphasis on creativity.

Strategy for success: Give credit to those who deserve it: employees, parents, and above all, God. Treat customers like family.

A memorable failure: Closing a branch store in the Ogden City Mall due to lack of customer traffic.

Heroes: St. Paul, Jesus Christ, singer Steven Curtis Chapman.

Leisure time and hobbies: Running, guitar playing/singing.

Favorite book and movie: Enjoyed "Field of Dreams"; the Bible