Paisley, Samuel J.

Samuel PaisleyBusiness Consultant and Investor
CLASS OF 1972

Samuel Paisley was attracted to Washington & Jefferson College because of the “uncommon bond” that links the members of the campus community. Paisley describes how he was surrounded by fascinating people at W&J who were “very different in their abilities, former education, and confidence. The student body always was changing but always was close-knit.” It was in this environment that Paisley learned to rely on his instincts and tackle the complexity of a changing landscape, both in his academic career and in the workplace. He still follows the advice of former W&J professor Dr. Eugene Klaber who said, “If you aren’t feeling passion for what you’re doing, make a change.”

After graduating from W&J, Paisley attended the University of Pittsburgh, where he received a master’s degree in business administration. Soon after, he began the first major chapter in his career as a certified public accountant at KPMG, an audit, tax, and advisory firm. For the majority of his time with the firm, Paisley was a full partner and spent ten years working in Silicon Valley with budding technology companies. Following his time at KPMG, Paisley became a driving force in the online marketing company ValueClick. He held various leadership positions at the company, including chief administrative officer, chief financial officer, and chief operating officer. He also was instrumental in orchestrating the company’s 14 acquisitions, substantially contributing to its growth. During his tenure, the company’s revenue increased from $44 million to more than $600 million.

Today, Paisley is an investor and executive in high-growth companies. His most recent role was chief financial officer for Razorgator, Inc., a leader in online premium ticket exchanges and ticket management technology platforms for Fortune 100 companies.

With 36 years of experience in business, Paisley could easily take a well-deserved retirement. Instead, he continues to bring his market prowess to the corporate world. The ability to adapt to a quickly changing environment, a skill he learned at W&J, clearly has served him well.