Sam Leone joined Conifer in 2007 and currently serves as President. In this role, he is responsible for the company’s strategic direction, culture, growth, overall management of the company, and overseeing strategic growth opportunities, including new development, strategic partnerships, and investment. As President, he also leads our Executive Leadership Team (ELT). This group is responsible for developing and spearheading Conifer’s strategic plan and associated initiatives while cultivating a collaborative culture that encourages leaders to rise at every level of the company. Sam also leads the executive level relationship with Conifer’s construction partner, Conifer-LeChase Construction.
Throughout his 15-year tenure at Conifer, Sam has overseen more than 60 new developments, comprised of 5,000+ homes across four states. He has tirelessly promoted a collaborative and integrative approach to Affordable Housing, ensuring that all facets of Development, Construction, Ownership, and Management are optimized for success. Sam was honored by his peers in 2008 with the Conifer Outstanding Achievement Award.
Before joining Conifer, Sam served as a Finance Officer for the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA). He was responsible for financing numerous community and business development projects across New Jersey. Beforehand, Sam held the Director of Business Development position for the Borough of Glassboro, where he oversaw all Community and Economic Development activities. He worked collaboratively with the Borough of Glassboro, Rowan University, planners, and developers to help bring to life Rowan Boulevard, a $350 million “Town and Gown” makeover of the historic downtown.
Sam is an expert speaker on numerous topics in affordable and mixed-income housing, real estate development, and construction. He has participated as a featured panelist or guest speaker at major national and regional industry conferences.
Sam holds a B.A. in Economics from Rowan University. He is an active participant in many regional and national affordable housing organizations. He is presently a NYSAFAH board member. In 2013, Sam was recognized by the Gloucester County Chamber of Commerce with the Dedicated Service Award for his efforts, volunteerism, and contributions to the business community. In 2017, Sam was honored as an Executive of the Year by South Jersey Biz Magazine. In his personal time, Sam most enjoys spending time with his family, running, and snow skiing.