USM Foundation

Sam A. Zappas

Sam Zappas heads a business advisory practice in agricultural technology, digital health and (AI) artificial intelligence among other sectors. Mr. Zappas also advises Agtech Accelerator F3 Tech portfolio companies and is on the University System of Maryland Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation Advisory Board.

He was a senior executive at ARTISTdirect, Inc.; a co-founder of CityInteractive, the Internet division of media conglomerate CHUM Limited, and a co-founder of Acmepet, which was acquired by PetSmart. He was also a founder of The Johns Hopkins University Media Center. Mr. Zappas has served as a University System of Maryland Foundation Board Director since 2001. Over the years he has been a member of other boards of non-profits and private companies.


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