• YEAR: Junior
  • MAJOR: Building Construction Management
  • HOMETOWN: Carmel, Indiana

Sam Rymer

As a high school student, Sam Rymer ran his own handyman business. As a Purdue student, he won national recognition for his home building skills and has honed his leadership skills as the current president of Phi Delta Theta fraternity. As a citizen, he has given his time to Habitat for Humanity mission work. Driven, committed to self-improvement and passionate about bettering the lives around him, Sam plans to lend his skills and quest for excellence to the construction industry.

Prize winner

Sam was named Outstanding Student at the 2013 National Association of Home Builders international show in recognition for his work with the NAHB Student Chapter residential construction management competition. As leader of the Residential Competition, he oversaw the creation of a 150-page proposal and was determined to make the Purdue team stand out from the crowd.

"I pushed and fought to motivate and captivate the attention and personalities of our team so that we had the best chance possible to win the competition," he says. The Boilermaker team placed seventh nationally out of over 40 teams.

Giving back

Community service projects and mission outreach work during childhood led Sam to his major in building construction management. He especially enjoyed the mission work.

"We traveled from Kentucky to Georgia, and our experiences were always different. Each of these missions shared one aspect, however: the feeling of accomplishment and joy after helping someone who needed help. Many of the tasks and projects that I worked on translated directly to my education here at Purdue."

Handy fella

Sam's family moved from North Carolina to Indiana during his junior year of high school. Social strategist, he figured that one of the ways to meet people would be to start a handyman business. "The work I performed was very simple — installing a new closet system, building a pergola, painting or patching drywall. I learned how to relate to customers and establish great working relationships," he says.

Driven to exceed

"I have never been one to quit and never the type of guy who accepts failure as an option," Sam says. "I am at my very best when I fully test my limits and push myself. When I face a challenge in my life, I perceive it as an opportunity. If I apply myself to the fullest and demonstrate my best efforts, I will be happy. My life has been blessed, and I think that I should use my experience as an opportunity to help others. That is what I will always work for."