Sam Keys grew up sailing on Green Bay and northern Lake Michigan. His dad, a racer, took Sam along when he was a kid, and he’s been sailing ever since. He followed in his father’s footsteps and started racing. He discovered a passion for shorthanded distance racing, and has earned quite the reputation as a competitor, including a 2015 sweep of the Solo Port Huron to Mackinac Challenge as the first to finish, first in class, and first overall.
Sam knew in high school that he wanted a career in the marine industry. He attended the Great Lakes Boatbuilding School in Cedarville, Michigan and did yacht maintenance and restoration for some highly-respected companies. “I love working on boats and being around boats,” said Sam. “When boat building and repair jobs were getting scarce, a sailmaking job came about and I jumped on it in order to stay in the field.”
That started six years of sail making, which led to work as the production manager at another sail loft. With his sailing and marine trade background, Sam is more than qualified to provide sail modification, service, and consultation to the Chicago and southern Lake Michigan communities. As the Service Manger at Quantum Sails Chicago, Sam strives to produce the best products possible while providing top-quality service, saying the support from he receives from the company, along with the high quality of products they produce, make that possible.