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Don Sams, founder of Sams & Associates, announces retirement and plans for other pursuits

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Loomis, CA – Don Sams, founder and president of Sams & Associates, has announced his retirement from Sams & Associates. After 42 years in the insurance industry, Don plans to pursue other entrepreneurial ventures.

“Words can never express the love and respect I have for our industry and the many professionals I have come to know over these last four plus decades,” Sams said. “I have often been asked what I liked most about my ‘job’. It has always been an easy answer: the many close personal relationships forged with so many great people,” he explains.

During his career, Don Sams worked for many insurance organizations. He started as an adjuster, then account manager, with Crawford & Company in Chicago, He was Senior Vice President with Brown Brothers Adjusters at its sale to Frank B. Hall.

In 1990, Don opened his own claims organization, Sams & Associates. According to Don, “The hallmark of Sams & Associates has been outstanding service, which inspired my motto of “Your Claims… Done Right… Guaranteed”. Sams & Associates has developed a reputation for not only treating its customers right, but employees with care and concern.”

In 2013, Sams & Associates was cited by the Sacramento Journal in its Fastest Growing Companies List. Again in 2014 for its revenue growth, and as the leading independent adjusting firm in the western United States, with a national reputation for outstanding service. Sams & Associates has had a presence in over twelve western states, and done private investigative services in California.

“I have known Don Sams for many years,” stated David Gibson, Vice President, Claims, NIAG (Nonprofits Insurance Alliance Group). “Under his stewardship, Sams and Associates earned the hard-won national reputation in the industry as a reliable investigative partner, assisting us in protecting our valuable clients when they were most vulnerable.

“Don has always been uncommonly accessible as a busy CEO, and has dedicated his energies to ensuring prompt, efficient, quality service, professionally delivered,” Gibson continued. “I value our friendship as well as his demonstrated competence over these many years.” In September 2014, Sams was acquired by York Risk Services Group. Don Sams was appointed the President of York Field Services with the mission of bringing the outstanding service that Sams & Associates has been known for to the nationwide York Field Services network, and to continue to “grow the business.”

“Combining the expertise and geographic footprint of Sams & Associates with our established York Field Services team strengthens our property and casualty service offerings to all our clients,” noted Danny Miller in 2014, President of York Specialized Loss Adjusting, “and we are looking forward to expanding this key service area under Don’s leadership,” he added.

Don Sams has supported the local Sacramento community and the insurance industry. In 2009 and 2010, Don was president of the Sacramento Claims Association. He has been a member and supported the PLRB (Property & Liability Resource Bureau) for over 30 years.

In 2003, Don was chairman of the first annual American Diabetes Association Father of the Year, Sacramento.

As Don Sams pursues other ventures he adds, “I look forward to working with and staying in touch with the many contacts and friends I have in the insurance industry. I will continue to provide support and assistance to any of them who have a need. My plans will be to do some consulting and recruiting within our industry.”

Don Sams can be reached at (916) 799-7267 or

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