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Yes, yes, another edition of the Clergy. See, our operation isn’t huge…but our COLLECTIVE cup runneth over with personality quirks (also sometimes wine), and this is our ongoing effort to ensure that each of you gets to know each of us.

Sammy Elam is a relatively recent addition to our COLLECTIVE crew, but he arrived with a style and ease that suggests he’s been here for a long while. I’ve yet to really get to know him well, but I’ve a keen eye, mind you. Here’s what I’ve learned so far: Sammy came here from Dayton, Ohio, primarily because he’s a big fan of the classic offerings that set Salt Lake City apart from other places on the map—namely, the ridiculously easy access to snowboarding and other outdoorsy activities. The dude is an avid fisherman (of the “fly” variety, I think), and I very recently learned that he’s actually a guide, as well.  He’s got a pup named Porter…shy, short, supes cute. Sammy is way into fashion, as evidenced by his Instagram name (drsswell_livwell), and judging by said Insta account, I think he’s as well traveled as he is dressed. I’d say that’s a good start for a stellar agent. Read on and get to know him for yourself…

Describe your perfect home or space. What does it look/feel like? My absolute perfect space and home would be a environmentally sustainable, modern designed cabin in the woods with funky angles, and a loft-like open feel. This space would, of course, be located within walking distance to an epic fly fishing stream. That's a dreamers world, but who knows, anything is possible, right?

One thing you absolutely cannot stand: I cannot stand plastic siding and chain link fences. Bad fashion sense.

One thing you absolutely, unequivocally LOVE: My girlfriend, dog, family, fly fishing, and snowboarding.

You’re an agent here. Say more. What lead you to this work? I have always had a love for old homes and tree-lined neighborhoods. I have also always had a entrepreneurial spirit to do things on my own, my way. With that and a sheer excitement for SLC and all it has to offer, I knew that being involved in the community and connecting via real estate was a career calling for me. Along with future desires to be involved in city planning, zoning, and maybe a little real estate developing somewhere along the line.

Give me your take on our little COLLECTIVE. I have always been one to go against the grain, to do the opposite of the social norm. City home is like that...they're on the forefront of unique and innovative ways to approach real estate and design. cityhomeCOLLECTIVE allows me to be me, without having to follow a strict playbook.

Describe your perfect day. What, exactly, does that look like for you? My perfect day would be waking up early, driving to a remote river with a cooler of beer and food, my dog, a good friend, and fly fishing all day long.

Favorite read/watch: Lost and Twin Peaks are the only series I've ever binged watched, so it's safe to say they are on my favorites list. Of course, a fisherman has got to have A River Runs Through It on a movie favorites list, as well.

On my first day of college, I walked through the crowded part of campus without knowing that my backpack had slowly pulled my skirt up over my ass. It shaped me as a person, I think, in that it ruined my life. Tell me something humiliating about you. I ripped a bomb (not on purpose) my sophomore year of high school during English class "quiet reading time" in front of one of the prettiest girls in school. Some were disgusted and others laughed uncontrollably.

You could be living anywhere, really. Why SLC? I contemplated moving out west from my home state of Ohio many times after graduating high school. My main goal was to be close the mountains to do the outdoor activities I love. Aside from living in a complete tourist mountain town, no other city aside from SLC was practical for a professional, metropolitan lifestyle with mountains right in its backyard. At age 20 I made the move, and I'm still here 8 years later. I can work a 10-hour day in the city and still have time to hit a trail or get some quick fishing in. Don't think there's another city with the growing economy that SLC has and outdoor activities that close. No vacation time or long weekend trips needed to get your outdoor fix.

How do you think we can improve this fantastic little slice of our nation? Where are we lacking? Over the last 8 years, I have seen SLC grow for the better. It's ever-changing. Old and new, opened-minded people are making an impact in the city. I believe Salt Lake is on the right path to move forward in many areas.

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