Sam Heffner | Psi Omega, Rensselaer '56 | Chairman | Member at Large
Samuel F. Heffner, Jr. is a graduate of the Class of 1956 of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a Bachelor of Architecture Degree, a professional degree. Following two years of service in the USAF Mr. Heffner began a career in the real estate development business that has spanned nearly 50 years resulting in the development of several million square feet of office and industrial space in the Baltimore region primarily in the vicinity of BWI Airport, but other areas as well. The work is on going and Mr. Heffner continues to play and active role in the operation of his companies.
In addition to a wide range of experience in the real estate field, Mr. Heffner has and does participate in a broad range of outside civic, business and educational activities. He has served on numerous civic boards and is a founder and former chair of the BWI Business Partnership, Inc, devoted to the fostering of economic and transportation interests by businesses in the BWI Area.
He served for many years on the Board of Mannington Mills Company a national flooring manufacturer, the Board of the University of Maryland Medical System and is currently a member of the Board of the Greater Baltimore Medical Center Hospital.
Through the years Mr. Heffner maintained close ties to his alma mater and was a board member for 33 years and served as board chair for 15 years retiring in December of 2010. During his term as chair, Rensselaer made significant strides in revitalizing the campus with the construction of several new buildings increasing enrollment and scholastic excellence. Upon his retirement Mr. Heffner was named honorary Chairman and Trustee Emeritus. Mr. Heffner was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters by his alma mater in May of 2011.
He also maintains close contact with an active group of members of his chapter at Psi Omega RPI.
Mr. Heffner has been an avid flyer for over 44 years and continues to pilot his own airplane, enjoys golf and sailing. He is a resident of Florida residing at the Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo and belongs to a number of clubs and organizations both in the US and in Ireland.