Our StoryFounded in 2002 by CEO Sunil Shah, SAM HPRP Chemicals, Inc. is a fast-growing multinational ingredient sourcing and distribution company that focuses on the following business sectors: animal feed and health, fertilizer, human nutrition and other botanical and organic supplements.
Born and raised in Mumbai, Shah has a strong background in business despite finishing a master’s in polymers and coatings at North Dakota State University. Upon completion, he returned to Mumbai to join the family paint and coating business. For several years, Shah’s ambition to grow more led him and his wife back to the States where she studied for her master’s in computer science. They permanently settled in Minneapolis with their son, Apoorva.
After much hard work and perseverance, SAM HPRP Chemicals received their first major break as the main supplier of leather dyes and shoe tanning chemicals for the United States Armed Forces through Red Wing Shoes. Since then, the business’s exponential growth has resulted in providing materials for various sectors including animal feed and plant nutrition.
SAM HPRP Chemicals success today is by the provided high-quality products and great customer service. “Customer service is the key factor that will distinguish us from others,” Shah noted, “add products that will yield results and you will build strong business relations.”
The naming of SAM HPRP doesn’t fall far from the family tree. S-A-M is a combination of each name in the Shah family: S for Sunil, A for Apoorva, and M for Mita. “We wanted to share our pride in being a family business with our clients and partners, thus founded the name SAM,” said Apoorva, “it also sends a clear message that we believe in our company by putting our names out there.” In addition to the family abbreviations, SAM also pays homage to the famous Uncle Sam – a reminder of the Shah’s family journey to the United States, a land of opportunity.
Furthermore, HPRP is derived from the business motto, High Performance, Reasonable Price. Mita said the business was founded for businesses of all sizes, “when my husband and I started the business, we wanted to make sure that all businesses can access our products while being competitive in the market.”
Today, SAM HPRP continues to bring forth high-quality products that will meet the demands of a growing industries. Beginning from a mere idea of Shah, SAM HPRP Chemicals is now moving more than 2.5 million pounds of barges, multiple times a year, and is now one of the premier suppliers to the animal nutrition, plant nutrition, human nutrition and animal health global industries.
Our Mission & VisionTo be the leading responsible supplier and distributor of specialized raw materials, individual ingredients and specialized premixes to help meet the ever-increasing needs of our growing world.
High Performance, Reasonable Price
To provide only the best for you and your business.
A customer is the most important visitor on our premises. He is not dependent on us. We are dependent on him. He is not an interruption in our work. He is the purpose of it. He is not an outsider in our business. He is part of it. We are not doing him a favor by serving him. He is doing us a favor by giving us an opportunity to do so.
- Mahatma Gandhi
Our Core Values
Meet the Executive Team"We have one very powerful business rule and it is concentrated into two words: customer service."sunil shahA post graduate from North Dakota State University, with a degree in polymers and coatings, Sunil's extensive work experience in the chemical industry came from working in the family business in India involving Rohm and Hass. While in India he was actively involved in various trade organizations and these connections have helped SAM HPRP Chemicals source quality products from around the globe. He worked briefly at Vogel Paints and BASF Construction Chemicals, before starting SAM HPRP Chemicals Inc.Integrity is the choice between what's convenient and what's right.apoorva shahA graduate from the University of St. Thomas with a degree in entrepreneurship, Apoorva comes to SAM HPRP with a wide background in business start-ups and development. Apoorva has professional experiences in operations; scalability; marketing and sales; and product, project, and business development. "Sustainably sourcing, it doesn't get better than that.Mita ShahWith an bachelor's in genetics from Mumbai University and a master's in computer science from North Dakota State University, Mita truly has a diverse professional career having worked for Fortune 500 companies such as Microsoft, Best Buy, Delta Airlines, Thrivent Financial, 3M, and Target among others. Mita specializes in project management making what started as an idea, a reality for multinational corporations.
"We bring products to the market only when they are proven to add value for our customers"dr. james l. pierceJames earned a BS in Agriculture from Western Kentucky University, his MS and PhD in Animal Nutrition from the University of Kentucky. He serves as an Adjunct Professor in Animal and Food Sciences and The Graduate School at the University of Kentucky. He served in management and executive leadership roles within several major feed industry companies. He has visited and worked in over 40 countries which has given him a global perspective of the feed and food industries."You keep your customers by delivering on your promises, fulfilling your commitments and continually investing in the quality of your relationships.amy vineskiAmy joined SAM HPRP in April of 2017 after owning and operating her specialty electronics company for twenty years. Amy's logistical background comes from her time at BTR Nylex in London managing their off-take agreements in the golf coast. She has strategically steered establishment and implementation of comprehensive logistics procedures while effectively controlling transportation and distribution costs via contract negotiations."You may wonder where our customer service department is; well, it's a company."ashley yangAshley comes to SAM HPRP with a strong background in intercultural communications, corporate marketing, and project management. She has worked on a variety of projects having been employed at US Bancorp and the City of Minneapolis and has strong skills in graphic design, research, and technology and software development. Having lived in South Korea and Mexico, Ashley is a former English teacher and has a degree in international relations from Augsburg University. She is fluent in Spanish, Hmong, English and Thai and is learning Mandarin.
"The only thing standing between you and your goal is the same story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it."scott jacobsScott began his career in the transportation industry in 2010 as the National Account Manager for Access America Transport and Coyote Logistics. Roughly after five years of brokerage, Scott voyaged to managing hundred of private fleet carriers, their drivers and customers alike for a few years as he quickly climbs through the chain of operation. He is well-versed on all aspects of the transportation industry with safety and customer satisfaction as his main focus in all his decision making."Being willing to go the extra mile to meet the needs of our customers is a what we strive to do on a daily basis."karen priceKaren comes to SAM HPRP with a diverse background in accounts payable and receivables, among others after spending years running a commercial janitorial business, a long-haul trucking business, and working as an EMT. She has an understanding of starting a business and what it means to go the extra mile to build and maintain customer relationships. As a former EMT, Karen has developed critical thinking skills which are an asset to our ever-changing world where sustainability is not only a concern, but a priority for SAM."Dreams are the seeds of change. Nothing ever grows without a seed, and nothing ever changes without a dream."andrew lyonsAndrew is a dynamic professional with a proven record of collaboration and the ability to motivate a team. With years of customer service and supporting executive leadership, he works hard to create effective change and strong relationships. His hard work mentality and desire to succeed make him a strong fit for our organization. Andrew is outgoing and personable; he is committed and always puts the customer first.
"Good is achieved alone. Great is achieved together."Yuxeng YangHaving worked at ActivSky and Capella University, Yuxeng comes to SAM HPRP with a strong skill set in communications, event planning and analytics. Other than staying well informed about marketing trends and strategies, Yuxeng is ambitious and eager to learn. As a matter of fact, he has his realtor license! Yuxeng comes to SAM HPRP with a undergraduate dual degree in financial and marketing management from the University of St. Thomas."I believe in treating others how you’d like to be treated, always. So I give all I can to help make our customer’s day a little easier and a little brighter"emily ungerEmily comes to SAM Nutrition after nearly twenty years of owning and operating her commercial design and children’s intellectual property development studio. She has an extensive background in not only design and client management worldwide but has also spent time over the years in other administrative and managerial roles.