Professional References

“Throughout the seven years I’ve known Samm Diep I have enjoyed the great fortune of collaborating with her in a number of endeavors, from an instructor-student relationship, through conducting workshops together, to a small contribution I made to her first book. On her own, Samm competes nationwide, teaches, writes monthly instructional columns, dazzles us as Inside Pool’s video reporter and somehow finds time to run her business and manage a web board that she created for the region’s pool community.

Throughout all of her work, such as winning one of her many national titles or conducting her popular free clinic, Samm shows up with enthusiasm and a commitment to excellence that she consistently conveys onto those around her to make every experience an enjoyable and rewarding one for all involved. Most impressive however is the fact that, despite her accomplishments, fame and hectic schedule, Samm is somehow always available for anyone fortunate enough to catch her standing still. Her honest warmth and famous smile have touched too many people to count in our sport. And I count myself lucky to be among them.

Tom Ross, TomRossPool.com
World Class Instructor & Billiard Columnist (Denver, Colorado)
December 2009

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“As a newcomer to the billiards business back in 2005, Samm was one of the first people I met that really made an effort to reach out and help me find some sound footing in the industry.  Since then, Samm has proven over and over to be a unbelievably valuable and reliable resource.  In addition to being a loyal friend of The Dawg, Samm has also provided us with writing in the form of articles and product copy, extensive promotion at numerous billiards events, product recommendations and has even helped us out at the office during the holiday season.  Samm truly is part of the PoolDawg family.

Mike Feiman, PoolDawg.com
Director of Marketing (Lafayette, Colorado)
January 2010

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“With regard to Ms. Samm Diep, 6 Pocket is delighted to have the opportunity to work with her to achieve our mutual goals.  From the first phone conversation to date, I have found Ms. Diep to be not just professional and hard-working, but a pleasure to work with.  Further I have found Samm to be a well rounded individual when it comes to her grasp of the billiards industry; and has her feet under her when it comes to business sense.  I look forward to each interaction and know Samm is an excellent addition to our team.”

Sam Goodrich, 6 Pocket League
CEO / COO (Muldoon, Texas)
January 2010

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“As publisher of the Professor-Q-Ball’s National Pool & Carom News over the past ten years I have met some very knowledgeable and astute business people involved in the billiard industry.

One of these business people is Samm Diep who has been writing a bi-monthly instructional column in my publication. By the way she has never missed a deadline in the five years that she has been writing for me.

She has been helpful to many billiard players along the way and is very well known in the billiard industry and is always there for the players needs.

We need more people like her.”

Paul Frankel, Professor-Q-Ball
Publisher (Germantown, Tennessee)
January 2010

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“We chose Samm Diep to be a columnist for The Break in February of 2006. We were aware of Samm’s reputation in the pool and billiard industry, which was one of high regard. Her work ethic is very high. She is prompt, professional, dedicated, enthusiastic and very personable. We wanted to bring to our magazine her particular point of view. We were so impressed with Samm that we included her columns in our 2 other regional publications Rackem Magazine and Stroke Magazine, giving her nationwide coverage.

We have also worked with Samm as a commentator and interviewer for OTBnTV during BCAPL and VNEA Nationals in Las Vegas this past May. She was a great asset to us and was very good on air.

Besides being a columnist/commentator we consider Samm a friend and have been happy and proud to have her associated with On The Break News Group. You can also read her columns online through our website at www.onthebreaknews.com.

Don “Cheese” Akerlow, On The Break News Group
Publisher (Three Forks, Montana)
www.onthebreaknews.com
www.thebreakmagazine.com
www.rackemmag.com
www.strokemagazine.net
www.otbntv.com
January 2010

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“Having first been a friend and teammate of Samm’s, I have appreciated her work ethic and integrity on and off the table for many years. Recently our relationship took on the added dimension of having a business component as well. A little over a year ago, I became owner and publisher of the Cue Times Billiard News, a publication that Samm had already had a working relationship with prior to my taking over. She continues to write a monthly article for the Cue Times and I couldn’t be more pleased with the results. The key to her success as a writer is the thoughtful approach she takes to producing articles that are relevant and interesting to the amateur pool player (our target audience).

As a friend, I appreciate Samm’s sense of humor and her authenticity and as a professional associate, her reliability and drive. Most importantly though, she always seems to be aware of how her actions impact those around her and strives to make every interaction a positive experience. I feel fortunate to count Samm as a friend and look forward to many years of working together, as well.”

Chris Honeman, Cue Times Billiard News
Editor & Publisher (Denver, Colorado)
February 2010

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“Following 23 years of being involved in the competition, organization, and marketing of the billiards sports and industry, finding someone to work with that is: trustworthy, hardworking, and innovative is like finding a gem in a stack of bricks!

Samm Diep is truly a diamond amongst those gems!

Corey Harper, C3M.net
Proprietor (Southern California)
February 2010

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“I have had the distinct honor of working with Ms. Diep for over 10 years in the nonprofit arena. She brought that “can do” attitude that only a true entrepreneur can understand. She not only brings creativity, hard work, follow through and at the same time is one of the most caring and attentive individuals I have ever been fortunate to be associated with in the work place. I am not only flattered to be one of her references, but proud to be associated with her.”

Arden M. Gray, The Advisors Group
Founder/CEO
February 2010

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