Samuel Rodríguez Rios, Jr. was born in the Bronx in New York city. After the passing of his father, his mother moved the family to Mayagüez, Puerto Rico where Sam grew up and graduated from the Eugenio María de Hostos high school in 1982.
Sam currently works as Program Management Analyst with the United States Government in Washington, DC under the Department of Homeland Security. His career started when he enlisted into the US Army in 1982, fresh out of High School in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico.
He served in the US Army for 10 years and was finally assigned to Fort Meade, Maryland in 1991. Since then, he has worked at different government agencies such as, Drug Enforcement Administration, the Internal Revenue Service, the Federal Communications Commission, the Customs and Border Protection, and the United States Immigrations and Customs Enforcement.
As a career government public servant, he has worked on national and international programs to keep the homeland safe from terrorism. Additionally, was on the national team that transitioned the nation into free over the air Digital Television. Furthermore, he was assigned to the Chicago DMA; and crisscrossed the Nation conducting consumer education outreach local events as the bilingual agent.
As a resident of Baltimore, he is an active community organizer in the Latino Community. He is a columnist withPrensa Libre of Maryland (Spanish Newspaper), and serves on the Board of Directors with the community institution Education Based Latino Outreach 501 c3. Since the passing of founder José Ruiz in 2006, Sam has been producing the entertainment program for the LatinoFest in Baltimore which is one of the most popular Latino Festivals in the Mid-Atlantic region by a non-profit organization and volunteers.
In 2013, Samuel Rodríguez joined the Borinqueneers Congressional Gold Medal Alliance as the representative for Maryland. Since then, he has been essential to securing co-sponsorship and support of all Maryland Congressmen and Senators by organizing a team of residents and Baltimore Latino Police officers to get petitions from residents in Maryland. Through the Office of Senator Barbara Mikulski and her staff, Sam advocated in securing Senate co-sponsors and supporters in New Hampshire, Washington, Virginia, and California. He too organized constituents to communicate with Senators in New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Mississippi. He, as well, visited and met with legislative staffers for discussions to seek support from the states of Connecticut, Nevada, Florida, North Carolina, and Wisconsin with remarkable results.
SKILLS, EXPERIENCE, AND PAST LIVE ENTERTAINMENT EVENTS
Proficient in the following softwares:
Adobe Products Photo Shop
MS Front Page
MS Power Point
Over 8 years experience in web design & content publishing, development and launching.
Creation of commercial concepts from design to print in either English or Spanish.
WRITER-COMMUNICATOR (SPANISH – ENGLISH)
Publisher of the oldest email salsa newsletter on the East Coast.
ENTERTAINMENT SERVICES WE PROVIDE:
Promotions of Events
Organization of Latin Shows (concerts, dance performances)
Full mobile state-of-the-art DJ services
LIVE SHOWS AND ARTISTS THAT I HAVE WORKED:
FREDDY KENTON, ORQUESTA MULENZE, EL GRAN COMBO, LA SONORA PONCEÑA, LARRY HARLOW, EL CANARIO, RUBEN BLADES, TONY VEGA, FRANKIE NEGRON, DLG, GRUPO GALE, ELVIS CRESPO, GRUPO NICHE, FRUKO, GUAYACAN, RAULIN ROSENDO, PUERTO RICAN POWER, GRUPOMANIA, FULANITO, TOÑO ROSARIO, MONCHY & ALEXANDRA, FRANK REYES, AVENTURA, TEGO CALDERON, LUIS DAMON, BANDA GORDA, BANDA FLAKA, MALA FE, HENRY RODRIGUEZ, OSCAR D' LEON, LOS HIJOS DEL REY, CARLOS VIVES, PABLO MILANES, LA ROMANA, LA SENSUAL, ZENIZA, ANGEL Y KHRIZ, ZION & LENNOX, ALEXIS Y FIDO, ZACARIAS FERREIRA, FRANKIE VAZQUEZ, AND MORE...JUST NEED TO REMEMBER.