Nominating Committee Candidate – Sam Dolinksy


Born and raised in the asphalt jungle of New York City, with memories of summer days spent on the tar beach rooftops of neighborhood apartment buildings, Seabrook Island is an idyllic lifestyle that I could never have imagined in my early years, yet here I am!

Having vacationed and lived part time on Seabrook for some fifteen years we have been full time residents for the last six.

I hold a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the City College of New York, where I first met my wife of 48 years, Sarajane, and an MBA from the Baruch School of the City University of New York with a concentration in industrial psychology. While pursuing my graduate degree I taught in the New York City School System.

My business career began with an industrial colorants manufacturer, now a segment of BASF, where I had corporate responsibility for professional recruiting and training.

I was later recruited to lead the Management Training function for the Eaton Corporation, a global, diversified manufacturer, in Cleveland, Ohio. Honoring Horace Greeley’s admonition to “Go west…..!”, we piled into our Chevy and headed to the shores of Lake Erie. The suburbs of Cleveland, specifically Shaker Heights, proved to be a wonderful place to raise a family.

The city of Shaker Heights is landlocked and totally “built out”, thus continuously weighing how best to utilize and optimize existing resources to renew itself. Seabrook, in the near future, will find itself “built out” and accordingly must continue to plan on how best to address the potential consequences to assure the vitality of the community.

I remained with Eaton, for thirty two years culminating as the Vice President of Leadership and Organization Development for the Corporation with responsibility for executive development, succession planning, coaching, organization development, and Eaton’s corporate university.

While my life plan never included staying with one business for thirty plus years, I had the opportunity to work under five unique CEOs, each of whom breathed life into the values and vision of the organization. They continue to serve as my model of excellence for leaders in general, whether C-Suite executives or members of the SIPOA Board of Directors.

Over the years my interests led to serving a number of Ohio community organizations targeting education, the arts as well as regional economic development. I was a trustee or member of an advisory committee for an array of organizations including the Cleveland Institute of Art, Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management’s Executive Advisory Board; MAGNET of NE Ohio; “Cleveland NOW”; “The Innovation Vanguard” at Weatherhead; and Karamu House.

On Seabrook, I have served in an advisory role to support the 2016 Nominating Committee’s process improvement effort, becoming a candidate for the Committee myself, participated in all of the Audubon International focus groups, hosted Charleston Chamber Music, and currently serve as a member of the SIPOA Board’s Long Range Planning Committee. In addition I serve as a mentor for the College of Charleston’s MBA program, provide counsel for the Charleston Jewish Federation’s leadership development program, helped revise Congregation KKBE’s mission statement and participate in the Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative.

I humbly believe that my life experience and professional credentials would add value to the SIPOA Nominating Committee’s efforts.

-Submitted by the Nominating Committee

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