Sammy Ortiz

Veteran, Pastor, and Entrepreneur

A U.S. Army Gulf War Veteran, Sammy has been in vocational ministry for over 30 years. Being also a social entrepreneur, five years ago he started Young Entrepreneurial Students, which has given him a keen awareness of what it means to operate a viable organization. It’s a solution-providing organization that focuses on developing underestimated youth, ages 11-25, regardless of where they live, through the introduction of entrepreneurship, life skills education, and innovative thinking. In 2022 they expanded their reach by launching a new initiative called Community Collective having a presence in Dade City, FL and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. With partnerships including UF/IFAS, CO.STARTERS, Startup Space, Tampa Underground Network, Starbucks, Pasco County Government, Pasco Hernando State College, St. Leo University, and University of South Florida.