Meet Sam Mangiameli, an Assistant at Creative Hair Design Salon & Spa (

Tell us a little about your business. – I’ve been working at Creative Hair Design to learn about the business and the industry, with the goal to eventually take over ownership of the successful business my father started 43 years ago!

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally? – With Creative Hair Design, the biggest challenge has been learning about a completely different industry, and understanding what the service providers need to be successful in their business.

Tell us a little about your family. – I’m married to my wife Taylor, and we have a two-year-old boy, Brecken.

What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life? – Taking on the task of learning about Creative Hair Design’s business. Not only am I learning about the industry, but also learning about what my father, John, has done all these years to create the business he has today.

What is your favorite thing to do on a day off? – On an off day, I love spending time with my son and working on projects around my house. Especially now, as he is reaching the age where he is very curious and wants to help and be a part of whatever it is that I am doing.

What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know? – I’ve driven race cars since I was six years old. Starting out in go karts and progressing to road course prototype race cars by the age of 15. I’ve also started taking pilot lessons to earn my private license one day.

Who inspires you? – Scott Dixon, a very successful IndyCar driver, who is also a very strong family man. Along with, Tony Robbins.

What is your favorite quote or the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? – My favorite quote is from Tony Robbins. He described fear at a seminar by saying, “FEAR, it can either mean False Evidence Appearing Real, or F*** Everything And Run. You decide in each moment of your life, which version you live by.”

If you had a theme song, what would it be? – “Marley” by Kenny Chesney.

If you could have a super power, what would it be? – The ability to fly.

What is your greatest talent that you don’t utilize in your daily work life? – The ability to drive race cars.

Which talent would you most like to have? – The talent to do comedy.

If you could choose any other profession to be successful in, what would it be? – Aviation.

What is your favorite local Omaha restaurant? – Nicolas Italian Restaurant.

If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be? – Dan Wheldon.

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