Ed Samuel is a senior Executive Career, Life Coach, Ministry Leader, Author, Radio Host, certified Career Assessment and DiSC Personality I.D. Consultant and Team Leader and founder of SamNova, Inc. based in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. Ed provides one-on-one career transition coaching for people in all walks with emphasis on mid-level to senior executives across multiple functional roles, industries and non-profit organizations.
His team works with those in job and life transition, those who are fully employed looking to optimize or advance their career and those who want to start entrepreneurial or consulting practices. In addition to serving the greater Philly area, 35% of his clients are across the US. Ed leads a growing virtual team of 20+ career assessment consultants and has a thriving resume services practice. His recently published book, “Optimize Your Resume - DOs and DON'Ts the SamNova Way” has many positive reviews on Amazon.
Ed also provides career, entrepreneurial consulting and mentorship to Penn State University students including alumni in support of PSU Brandywine's Idea/TestLab program - starting with their Lunchbox Initiative in March 2021.
Ed has 400+ documented testimonials and 140+ public recommendations posted on his LinkedIn profile. His clients include Presidents, COOs, CFOs and other C-level talent of billion-dollar firms, notable TV names, to Hollywood producers to mid-level manager and senior ex-military officers. He has helped clients across the US in states such as PA, DE, IL, NJ, MD, MN, NC, SC, IN, CT, VA, GA, FL, NM, TX, SC, AZ, and NY. Ed has also helped two (2) clients move back to the US from overseas.
Ed has led 150+ executive networking forums with more than 3,000 executives over the last 14 years. He conducts career management workshops and is a guest speaker at regional career transition forums and networking events such as; Career Professionals Executive Networking Group, Chem/Pharma, Joseph’s People, FENG, TPNG, Lehigh Valley Professionals, ExecuNet, Believers in Business (BIB), Cross Talks, BNI, Newtown Networking Forum, Philadelphia Area Greater Careers Group and Chamber of Commerce forums.
He leads a monthly forum for Career Professionals Executive Networking Group (CPENG) for greater Newark, DE. Ed is also a Believers in Business (BIB) chapter leader for a business owners group in greater King of Prussia, PA that meets twice a month. Ed hosts two (2) radio programs in Philly on 1180 am WFYL, called “Optimize Your Career" and “Crown Biblical Stewardship” on Saturday mornings both of which are streamed across the US. He is a frequent guest on national and regional radio stations and podcasts. Ed is an ambassador and served on the Board for a Christian think tank called Cross Talks in support of entrepreneurs and small business owners at the cusp of growth.
Ed has been one of the US leaders and Ambassadors for Crown Financial Ministries (Crown.org) since 2013. He has worked with up to 60 churches, delivered mini-sermons on Sunday mornings, and led stewardship trainings for 2000+ people to date. He has trained 18+ Money Life Coordinators (volunteers) to lead stewardship at their respective churches. Ed counsels individuals and couples at his office in Kennett Square, PA and has a tax-deductible non-profit foundation in Colorado to support this effort.
Ed began his career with Digital Equipment Corporation, where he spent 19 years in Accounting and Customer Operations. He was also General Manager for The Stride Rite Corp., garnered international experience as Global Director of Customer Administration with QAD, Inc., VP of Operations and CFO for two (2) distinct high-tech venture firms for Mead/Westvaco and was a certified and licensed Financial Advisor for UBS.
Before launching his career coaching firm, Ed was a retained contingency and consulting recruiter with more than five (5) years' experience at both national and boutique firms. In addition, he led a large recruiting team for W.L. Gore’s billion-dollar medical device manufacturing and sales division in Arizona. Ed has also provided executive outplacement transition support for CCI Consulting, Inc., a Career Partners International affiliate. Ed has an uncanny ability to relate to so many due to his broad background and holding no less than 38 unique paid roles in his career.
Ed holds a B.A. from Wilmington University - summa cum laude and undergraduate degree in Accounting. He is a certified Retirement Coach, certified Career Direct Trainer and Consultant, and certified DISC Personality ID Consultant and Trainer.
See Ed's Rainmakers Roundup interview on RVN TV. The host, Mark Iorio, interviews Ed on his career pivot, SamNova, Inc., Ed's client success stories, his resume book, the ministry work that he leads and what motivates him every day.
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