Sam Leonard moved to Minnesota from his hometown of Brighton, England to serve as CJ’s Business Manager. He started his career in the banking industry at the age of 18, joining Barclays Bank as a cashier in 2004 and worked his way up to Relationship Director. In 2014 he was approached by a Swedish private bank and, wanting to broaden his horizons and experience within the sector, Sam joined Svenska Handelsbanken. He enjoyed the new culture and challenges along with it; however, he ultimately wanted a change from the corporate world as a whole and in April 2016 retired from the banking industry.
For the next 18 months Sam traveled North America, Central America, and Europe, observing new cultures, volunteering in community programs along the way, and exploring his passions outside of work. During a trip to the Twin Cities in May 2016, Sam was introduced to Circus Juventas and exposed to the world of not-for-profit community enterprise. Inspired by CJ’s culture and community values, Sam was eager to join the team.
In his free time, Sam enjoys rugby, having played for many years during his youth and early 20’s. He is also a keen cyclist, completing the Brighton to Paris Charity Bike Challenge in 2014. On his latest adventure, Sam converted a van into a camper home and traveled 20 countries across Europe. He enjoys reading, travelling, exploring, and, of course, the arts.