Bob Sammis received his B.A. in Latin American History and Spanish from UC Santa Barbara in 1967 and his J.D. with honors from the University of Michigan Law School in 1970. Upon graduation from law school, he taught law at the University of Los Andes, Bogota, Colombia, as a Fulbright Scholar. Upon returning to California, he practiced law with Pillsbury, Madison and Sutro in San Francisco where he was active in negotiating and documenting transactions between U.S. companies and companies located in South and Central America. Subsequently he joined GATX Capital as Associate Counsel and was with that firm for 26 years, moving over into the business side of the company and retiring in January 2002 as Executive Vice President in charge of one of the four business units of the company.
Bob has completed 80 hours of mediation training and is now active as a mediator in Alternative Dispute Resolution situations. In addition, he has taught numerous classes on various aspects of leasing for the Equipment Leasing Association (U.S.), the Canadian Leasing Association, the Australian Leasing Association and Euromoney.