August 23, 2017
An Interview With Millennial Sammi Gallagher, Equestrian & Marketing Professional
Samantha “Sammi” Gallagher is a millennial, project director, industry leader, and award-winning equestrian. As Project Director at ROI Online, an Internet Marketing Company, she serves as the main point of contact between clients and the company, ensuring both parties work toward the same goals. She jokingly refers to herself as a “professional cat-herder.”
Gallagher is originally from Grand Blanc, Michigan, and graduated from West Texas A&M University. She makes an impact on the city of Amarillo inside and outside of her office. She continues to be an example of a driven, innovative millennial, serving the local community and acting as a role model to young women in the business industry.
In this video, Gallagher describes how Amarillo has impacted her growth as a young professional. You can read her full interview below.
Reagan Hales: How did you end up in Amarillo?
Sammi Gallagher: I transferred to WTAMU to participate on their equestrian team. Before I graduated, I was hired at ROI and fell in love with my job and the community.
Hales: What is your favorite thing about Amarillo?
Gallagher: There are so many things I love about Amarillo! First of all, the people are some of the most welcoming and helpful I have ever met. They genuinely care about their neighbor and will always lend a helping hand. Secondly, it is a great and safe community to live in! And last but not least, the business community is full of resources that are all eager to help you succeed and grow.
Hales: How are you involved in the community?
Gallagher: I have been involved with Southwest Ambucs annual fundraiser, Derby Day, for the past four years. I am also an active member of several equine-related clubs in the area and volunteer my time teaching riding lessons. I also tutor a high school student and help her with her 4-H projects.
Hales: Are there any special achievements you’d like to tell us about?
Gallagher: I grew up riding and showing horses, so over the years I’ve won several State, Regional and National Championships. This last year, I won an AQHA Regional Championship with my horse, Clyde. I am also very proud of the fact that I was a first-generation college graduate.
Hales: What is your proudest moment?
Gallagher: One of my proudest moments was being the first person in my family to graduate from college. I also will never forget helping a young girl win her first national championship!
Hales: What are you passionate about?
Gallagher: I’m passionate about education and empowering young women. I think that every child should have access to a quality and innovative education that will help set them up for a successful life. And I believe that every woman should feel empowered to pursue the lifestyle and goals that they set for themselves.
Hales: What has been your biggest challenge in your professional career?
Gallagher: One of my biggest challenges has been combating the stigma of being a young woman in the workplace. I’m blessed to work at an organization that embraces my value and helps me build the confidence to unapologetically work toward my goals.
Hales: How has the City of Amarillo helped you succeed?
Gallagher: I have seen both personal and professional success in Amarillo. Professionally, I have started a career where I am surrounded by mentors and leaders that take it upon themselves to help me grow as a businesswoman. Personally, I have found friends I consider to be family and a place to call home.
The business community is full of resources that help you succeed and grow. And, the people are some of the most welcoming and helpful I have ever met. They genuinely care about their neighbor and will always lend a helping hand.
I admire the community as a whole and their willingness to help their neighbors, simply because it’s the right thing to do. It's inspiring to see so many people who genuinely care and enjoying seeing others succeed and reach their goals.
Hales: What’s something that most people may not know about you?
Gallagher: I’ll give you two fun facts here. First of all, I’m kind of a master at karaoke. And secondly, I love a good comic book!
Hales: What kind of impact do you hope to leave on the City of Amarillo?
Gallagher: I hope to make an impact on young women in business and young girls in general. I hope that I can lead by example and share the lessons that I have learned along the way.
Millennials are making a difference in Amarillo. Join us next month as we continue to highlight exceptional young professionals making an impact on our community.
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