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Combs III, Samuel
Samuel Combs III is CEO and founding partner of COMSTAR Advisors a consulting and private investment firm specializing in business development, operating, consumer services, compliance, and regulatory strategies primarily for energy-related and middle-market companies. COMSTAR’s diverse investment activities include banking, energy, manufacturing, healthcare, and real estate. Also, he is a director of First Fidelity Bank.
Prior to COMSTAR, Combs served as president of ONEOK Distribution Companies, the $3 Billion natural gas distribution segment of Fortune 500 diversified energy company ONEOK, Inc. ONEOK Distribution Companies was the predecessor business to publicly traded spin-off ONE Gas, Inc., and among the nation’s largest natural gas utility operators serving customers through its operating divisions in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. Over 25 years, Sam advanced through various engineering, operating, and executive roles, including vice president Western Region-Oklahoma, and president of the Oklahoma Natural Gas division. Prior to ONEOK, he held management positions of increasing responsibility at AT&T and Southwestern Bell.
Combs received a B.S. Industrial Engineering and Management from Oklahoma State University (OSU) in 1980, and has been honored as an OSU Distinguished Alumni. He is a past-chairman of the national OSU Alumni Association Board, and a Life Member; president of the OSU Black Alumni Society; an OSU Foundation Governor; and, a Regent of Tulsa Community College. Sam is a graduate of the Ross School of Business Executive Program at the University of Michigan, and has completed studies at Harvard, Columbia, and Stanford Universities. Also, he and wife Rita are Creek County cattle ranchers and are proud parents of three adult children.