History

From a modest beginning to an industry leader — it's all about our people.

In 1970 the founder of Surveying And Mapping, Samir "Sam" G. Hanna, left his home in Egypt and came to the U.S. with only $250 and a goal of one day financially supporting his family. From that humble beginning he has built one of the largest and most successful surveying and mapping companies in North America, employing more than 700 highly skilled experts located in several offices nationwide. Today the firm has become an undisputed leader in providing geospatial solutions to a wide variety of industries.

After several years in a leadership role with a national engineering firm, in 1994 Mr. Hanna established his own surveying company, Surveying And Mapping, Inc., which later became Surveying And Mapping, LLC (SAM). In 2014 the company celebrated the 20th anniversary of its founding. Under Mr. Hanna's direction, the firm has expanded from its initial offering of professional land surveying services, to include digital aerial mapping, terrestrial, mobile and airborne LiDAR services, hydrographic surveying, subsurface utility engineering (SUE), utility coordination, and geographic information systems (GIS). The company also now has a wholly owned subsidiary, SAM-Construction Services, LLC® (SAM-CS), that specializes in construction phase services. In 2016 SAM acquired So-Deep, Inc. and established So-Deep | SAM NC, Inc., further expanding the geographic and service reach for SAM Companies.

In January of 2017 Mr. Hanna announced his retirement from the daily management of SAM. Today, as Chairman of the Board, he continues to serve as an advisor to the management team. Daily operation of the SAM companies is led by Christopher M. Solomon, RPLS, CEO and President, who has been with SAM since its beginning. Mr. Hanna's founding philosophy for the company still remains: to stay focused on the quality of work and customer satisfaction, and to recruit the best people and provide the most advanced equipment and training. Ultimately, he believed in the importance of having talented and committed employees: “We value the people that work for us above all else,” said Mr. Hanna, “Without them, there’s no other way we could succeed.