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Meet the Most Romantic Man in America

Meet Sam

Servant Leader • Community Lifter • Organization Builder

“My purpose in life is to find my gift. My mission in life is to give it away.” This is the mantra by which Samuel Bacote III lives. For more than 30 years, he has utilized his leadership to make positive impacts in Atlanta and around the world. 

Bacote lives in the Glenwood Park section of North Ormewood Park with his wife, Lisa, and their two children, Hannah, a special needs student who attended Drew Charter Junior Academy from kindergarten until 4th grade and Jonathan, a junior at Drew Charter Senior Academy. In Glenwood Park, he serves as the Vice-President of GPCA, the neighborhood community association. Before moving to Glenwood Park, Bacote lived for more than a decade in Candler Park where, on behalf of CPNO, he was actively involved in planning and operating Screen on the Green for several years. 

A fourth-generation native of Atlanta, Bacote attended Northside High School and earned his undergraduate degree in Economics from Morehouse College. He holds an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Nurturing his knack for business, Sam Bacote co-founded American Electronic Entertainment (now based in Lithia Springs and one of the largest minority-owned sound, lighting and stage companies in the Southeast) while in high school. An entrepreneur at heart, Bacote is a mentoring partner of Tassili’s Raw Reality in Atlanta’s Historic West End and managed the three original Planet Smoothies in Orlando, Florida in the late 90s.

  • He served as a Peace Corps volunteer helping small businesses in Ghana, West Africa, receiving Presidential Honors under the George W. Bush and Bill Clinton administrations. 

  • He currently leads strategic planning efforts as Chairman of the Sadie G. Mays Rehabilitation Center ensuring continued access to healthcare for seniors and those in need of indigent care. 

  • For more than a decade, he served as Chairman of Project Community Connections Inc., a non-profit resource opportunity center helping the homeless in Atlanta find permanent housing.  

  • He was one of Atlanta’s first TIP (Trauma Intervention Program) volunteers working to help fellow citizens in crisis. 

  • He previously led the Fulton Atlanta Land Bank Authority as Chairman & CEO during a period of restructuring that supported more activity with community stakeholders. 

  • He is Treasurer of the Development Authority of Fulton County where through public private partnerships he approves incentives to help fund developments creating new jobs and affordable housing.

  • He serves as a director of the PATH Foundation helping build a network of biking and walking trails throughout the Atlanta region. 

  • He is a community board member at Hughes Spalding Children’s Hospital helping bring attention to the special healthcare needs of children. 

  • He is a former board member of Odyssey, West End Neighborhood Development, Inc., and former Treasurer of Atlanta Sister Cities Commission. 

  • He was one of the first Mayoral Appointees to the Westside Tax Allocation District Advisory Board.

  • He is a 2000 Leadership Atlanta Graduate and was a Marshall Memorial Fellow for emerging American leadership.

  • He was a 2002 Candidate for GA State Senate for District 36.
  • He is a former Big Brother through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta.

Today, he serves as Chief Administrative Officer of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity (“Boulé”), an  international nonprofit organization that is the oldest predominantly black Greek-letter fraternity in the nation. Bacote is entrusted with continuing to strengthen the organization, which boasts of membership of more than 5,000 men of distinction with higher education degrees and records of exemplary achievement in a host of professional fields. His accomplishments in this role, as well as throughout his career, exemplify excellence as a servant leader, community lifter, and organization builder.

With the Boulé, Bacote is responsible for overseeing all day-to-day operations of the Fraternity with a budget of approximately $4 million dollars while directing over 400 staff, contractors and supporting member volunteers across the U.S.A., Bahamas and United Kingdom, providing community services through over 100 fraternity social action programs. A signature program is Boulé Scholars which combines grants, mentoring and merit stipends to help hundreds of disadvantaged young men prepare for higher education opportunities.  

Bacote was first elected as the Fraternity’s Executive Secretary in 2012 and has since been successively re-elected for four consecutive two-year terms. He is credited with advancing the Fraternity’s mission of service, utilizing technology to modernize its business operations, and invigorating membership growing it to record participation and activity levels.       

His hobbies include swimming, reading, and traveling. He also enjoys officiating high school football and USTA tennis across the Southeast. 



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Committee to Elect Samuel Bacote
1445 Woodmont Lane, NW
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Atlanta, GA  30318
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