President of the Miami Marlins and Honoree for The National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s South Florida Annual Fundraising Gala
For the last 15 seasons, David Samson has overseen the Miami Marlins’ day-to-day operations as the team’s president. He also presides over the Marlins Foundation, where he is proud to be part of giving back to the South Florida community. Samson was one of fewer than 425 people ever chosen as contestants when he appeared on the TV reality show Survivor in 2014. He and his wife, Cindi, have been married for 25 years and have three children.
On the Marlins wining the World Series: I felt lucky, shocked, humble and ecstatic.
Playing baseball as a kid: I was the best 11-year-old on an 8-year-old team. Now I run, bike, swim and dance.
On helping underprivileged and ill children: There is no more important job than to be charitable and giving. We are all very fortunate, and to not recognize that would be a mistake. I would be in favor of making it a criminal act for those who are able to give but choose not to.
Favorite thing about his job: Making memories and changing lives
Biggest challenge of profession: Managing expectations that are based on emotion, rather than reality
Secret to your success: Persistence, good fortune and persistence
Favorite inspirational quote: “Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today. It is already tomorrow in Australia.” — Charles M. Schultz
Growing up, what did you want to be: Point guard for the N.Y. Knicks
Dream vacation: White water rafting down the Colorado River, with stops at a five-star hotel and art museum on the riverbank
Conversation with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be: George Washington — my first question would be to understand how to be a visionary for centuries, not just days.
Best advice you’ve ever been given: No is just an impediment on the way to yes.
Best family activity: Friday night dinner
Outdoor space: Museum Park
Local hotel: The Epic
Happy Hour spot: Too many to mention, but start at Zuma.
Spot on the water: The first moment where you can no longer see land
About the event:
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, South Florida Chapter, will hold its 33rd annual MS Gala Luncheon on Jan. 22 at the Broward County Convention Center. David Samson will receive the MS Hope Award, the society’s highest volunteer award. Since 1984, the luncheon has raised $6.7 million to fund cutting-edge research, advocacy, professional education, and programs and services for the 7,500 people with MS and their families in South Florida. For information, visit nationalmssociety.org/Chapters/FLS.