Sam Hershey for Raleigh City Council District A

Meet Sam

After growing up in the Washington DC area, I came down to Raleigh in 1994 to attend and graduate from NC State. After leaving for a few years I returned to Raleigh in 2004 and have been living in the same house ever since.

Throughout my years, I have always possessed an entrepreneurial spirit. I have experienced both success and failures, having started a few different businesses throughout my life–from my first venture shortly after graduating from NC State to my current small software startup. These days, as the founder of Evim Solutions, we are focused on end of life planning and improving hospice and homecare. I have also always loved helping others succeed, which is why I got into coaching sports while still in college through the Raleigh Parks and Recs Baseball Championship. After college, I spent 13 years as a high school coach, both as a softball coach and as a wrestling head coach. Coaching student-athletes and seeing them succeed both in their sport and long after they’ve graduated is one of my great joys in life.

When my partner Anna and I welcomed our son into the world in 2014, my life changed.  My new job as a parent became the most important job of my life. I was blessed to be the primary stay-at-home parent, and I have loved every minute of it. From the very first time I held him, I was aware of the importance of needing to be a good role model for him as he grew up. With that in mind, I went back to school and earned my MBA from Queens University of Charlotte, while being at home with him full time. This degree led me to my current startup, along with presenting me with another coaching opportunity. I have now gone from helping student-athletes succeed as an athletic coach to helping people succeed in life as an executive coach.

Family and work aside, I am a guy that loves to cook, play hockey, travel, try new things, and raise money for great causes. The latter including going Over the Edge in Raleigh for the Special Olympics and doing the 26+ mile Trailblaze Challenge for Make-A-Wish for our Raleigh chapter.

All of these life experiences, the successes and failures and the ups and downs, have helped me grow as a person and as a leader. Ten years ago, I wouldn’t have been ready to be a City Council member. But now, with my family’s support (including my two dogs and cat) I know I am ready to represent my district and take on Raleigh’s pressing issues. I will work hard to earn your trust and I ask you for your vote to represent District A on the Raleigh City Council.