Originally from Monrovia, Liberia, Sam Divine, Jr. is a unique individual who happens to be a strategic visionary and a hands-on tactician, an analytical finance guy and marketing mind. He migrated to the US for college after enduring periods of the Liberian Civil War in the 1990s. Sam discusses lessons learned from growing up during the Liberian Civil War in his book BATTLEGROUNDS to BOARDROOMS: Life Lessons from the Liberian Civil War to Corporate America.
Sam is currently CEO of Cross Atlantic Business Advisors, LLC, a consulting company focused on international business, finance, and marketing consulting. Cross Atlantic has worked with clients in Africa, the US, Canada, and Latin America.
Prior to Cross Atlantic, Sam served most recently as Director, Business Development at Cox Media. Prior to that role, he was Director, Video Financial Management and Operations for Cox Communications, Inc. where he provided financial leadership to the video product development and management team. His accomplishments in that role included the launch of Project Sledgehammer, an initiative nominated for Cox’s Vision Awards, and work on Video pricing strategy. Sam joined Cox Communications in 2004 as an Accounting Manager.
Sam started his career with international accounting firms in Boston and Atlanta. Prior to joining Cox Communications, he worked as an accounting manager in a division of WebMD (now Sage Software Healthcare) in Tampa.
He obtained, with honors in a three-year period, a B.S.B.A. degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. Sam also holds an MBA in International Business with a Marketing focus from Georgia State University’s Robinson College of Management. Sam is a board member of the Robinson Council of Young Business Leaders, an invitation-only group for top MBA alumni. He also remains involved in the University of Massachusetts Lowell, serving recently as member of the College of Management 50th Anniversary Steering Committee an as a guest adjunct professor. Sam currently serves as an adjunct professor of accounting at Georgia State University.
Sam is on the board of the Community Welcome House, a domestic violence non-profit in Georgia. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), certified in the State of Massachusetts.
He enjoys volunteering within the community, soccer, mentoring, and spending time with his family: wife (Ty), daughter (Belle), and son (Myles).