Originally aiming for career in medicine,Amazeum director fell in love with museum world

Posted: March 27, 2016 at 1 a.m.

Sam Dean is the the executive director of the Scott Family Amazeum. He began leading the children’s museum in November 2012; it opened July 15. The museum anticipated about 180,000 people would visit the museum in the first year, but attendance surpassed that in the first six months. Dean said the museum has nearly 7,000 member households.

Sam Dean

• Date and place of birth: Nov. 3, 1973, Toledo, Ohio

• Pet: 9-year-old Willow, a black Labrador retriever

• First job: newspaper carrier in middle school

• Education: bachelor’s degrees in biology and geology from Bowling Green State University and a master’s degree in educational psychology from the University of Toledo

• Favorite toy: Slinky

• Dream vacation: an island vacation to Hawaii, New Zealand or Japan

• Best advice: I have two ears and one mouth and I should use them in that proportion

• Current reads: “Bone Labyrinth” by James Rollins and “Small Giants: Companies that Choose to be Great Instead of Big” by Bo Burlingham

• What’s always in my refrigerator: many kinds of cheese

• Must-have drink: wimpy coffee with cream and sugar substitute

• If I had an extra hour each day, I’d: spend it on exercise and self care

• Worst habit: hitting the snooze button

• Pet peeve: the moment when you sell yourself short

• Biggest risk: bought a Harley-Davidson

• Favorite artist: Arthur Ganson, a kinetic sculptor

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