Sam J. Albritton, III


Sam is the Managing Director of Finance and co-founder for J A Murphy Group, a Knoxville based commercial real estate development company.  Prior to that, Sam had a thirty year career in banking, with his last eleven year assignment as Executive Vice President at Regions Bank.  Sam is a graduate of Rhodes College, with a B.A. in International Studies / Arabic Language and a M.A. from the Patterson School of Diplomacy & International Commerce at the University of Kentucky.

He is active in many volunteer and community service programs and is currently chairman of both the Rotary Foundation of Knoxville and Rotary International Foundation for the Rotary Club of Knoxville.

He is past President of Rotary Club of Knoxville, and past Chair, with his spouse, of the Knoxville American Heart Ball Gala.  He was the inaugural President of the Knox County Chapter of the Sons of the Revolution, and has testified in front of the US Congress on behalf of veteran’s rights.  A Master tree farmer, he was also a recipient of recognition from the Guinness Book of Records for canoeing the lower Mississippi River-from St Louis to New Orleans, in three weeks.  In his free time, he manages his family hunting and timber property in South Alabama. 

Mr. Albritton has a keen interest in his family’s genealogy and is proud of having four generations of ancestors in America prior to 1700.  He is the thirteenth generation of his family in America and has  fourteen documented ancestors who fought for American Independence along with multiple ancestors who are documented as participating in the French & Indian War, War of 1812, the Mexican/American War, the War between the States and WWI.

He is married to Michelle K. Albritton and they are parents of a son and daughter, both currently attending the University of Mississippi.