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"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 on our work. He is the purpose 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 GandhiCEO, Sunil Shah lives by this model everyday and is a constant reminder for the team to do the same."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. Mita specializes in helping clients with digital transformation and get to market faster. 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.“Some people dream of success, while other people get up every morning and make it happen” - Wayne HuizengaSteve HawkensonSteve brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in Operations and process improvement to SAM HPRP. Steve has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Manufacturing Engineering from UW-Stout and experience leading teams, developing efficient processes, implementing quality systems, building a strong safety culture, managing multiple manufacturing and warehouse facilities and growing business operations. A strong work ethic and focus on customer satisfaction drives his interests for business growth.Dedicated customer service is focusing on listening, learning and exceeding the expectation- moving forward.Jeff HarmanJeff comes to us with over 30 years of experience working in precision feed additives, animal proteins and precision vitamins. Most of his career he has worked on developing markets and custom products to fulfill customers specific market needs in all species. He graduated from American University with a BA degree in business administration and a masters in agriculture experience. His entire career spans through animal health, management and critical problem solving. Always interested in listening and making a positive contribution to problem issues.
"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 amateurs discuss tactics: the professionals discuss logistics.”
– Napoleon BonaparteMATT BENNEKMatt joins the team after spending over ten years in the field of logistics. He has spent time working for large third-party logistics and supply chain management companies, including C.H. Robinson and Coyote, as well as the asset-based company Halvor Logistics. Through his experiences, Matt is well-versed in the understanding of logistics and the critical role it plays in an organization. As a former Division II football player at St. Cloud State, Matt brings a team building aspect to the group and knows how to be a leader in his role. In his spare time Matt enjoys trivia with friends, golfing and homebrewing.
"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."Doing good deeds without asking for reward"Ted wangAfter graduating in 2014, Ted joined one of the world's largest amino-acid enterprises in China. While in charge of food and feed additive sales for the European Union market, Ted helped manage the company's warehouse in Hamburg (Germany). After which Ted moved to India where he worked in sales for the Asian market. Afterwards, Ted took charge of development and set up multiple branch office in Indonesia and one in Qingdao, China where he worked for the Chinese supply market. Eventually leading to the management of the American feed additive market. Some of Ted's personal traits that makes Ted a great fit for SAM are his good relationship building skills, sourcing, problem solving and adaptability.“Whether it’s the ribs getting smoked on the grill for friends and family, or the American-made boots worn throughout the world, we will continue to provide reasonable prices for the benefit of consumer.”Tracy JOhn HelmsAfter serving eight years in the U.S. Army, T.J. graduated magna cum laude from St. Leo University with a degree in Business Administration. T.J. has a wide variety of Finance and Accounting experience in industries ranging from Fortune 100 Food and Beverage, to e-commerce and construction. When he isn’t back home on the family farm, he enjoys: BBQ cooking, downhill skiing, working wood by hand and walking the family dog.
“Doing everything the right way is the right way to achieve success.”muktar mohamedMuktar joins SAM Nutrition as a member of the accounting team after numerous years of experience in the field. In 2019, Muktar graduated from Boise State University with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance. Through his educational experiences, Muktar has gained a foundational understanding of accounting and finance principles with many hands-on projects relating to all aspects of the accounting cycle. In addition to the deep understanding in the accounting industry, Muktar is also cognizant of the importance of interpersonal communication and customer service in a business setting. Muktar takes pride in his problem-solving skills, attention to detail and eagerness to learn. Additionally, he is bi-lingual in English and Somali.“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will.” – Vince LombardiEmilee WolfEmilee joins SAM HPRP after having worked in the scene of Minnesota’s college and professional athletics for upwards of four years. She graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 2018 with a dual degree in Communications and Journalism. With numerous years of professional experience in the sports industry, Emilee works efficiently under pressure and is able to manage numerous products simultaneously, with a primary focus on improving day-to-day operations within the business. She is outgoing and committed to always giving a 110% effort in her work. She strives to provide a positive, inclusive and welcoming environment to everyone both internally and externally. During her free time, Emilee enjoys watching sports, coaching youth hockey and spending time with friends.
- SAM Nutrition is searching for "out-of-the box" thinking individuals who will succeed in a team orientated environment.
We are a growing company, which has doubled in size over the last year. Must be able to work well in a team environment, reliable and honest. Fast paced and fun work environment with a great team! This is an opportunity to join one of the fastest growing companies in Minnesota. We handle feed ingredients, and are one of the largest companies in the United States. Upward momentum is huge - grow with the small team and make a career with us!SAM HPRP Chemicals, Inc. (DBA SAM Nutrition) provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.