For more than five decades years, Sam Sloan has established himself across numerous industries, from banking to politics to publishing. Since 1994, he has excelled as the sole proprietor and partner at Ishi Press, which prints a magazine, several books, and other equipment. Mr. Sloan spearheaded the business alongside Richard Bozulich during the late 1960s, after earning an Associate degree from the University of California, Berkeley. Initially, he and Mr. Bozulich traveled to Japan and began publishing books on the game Go and other games from the Far East, including “Chinese Chess for Beginners.”
An avid chess player since his youth, Mr. Sloan was captain of the Berkeley Chess Team that won the U.S. Intercollegiate Chess Championship in 1967, which led him to being featured on the Joe Pyne Show. Likewise, he experienced considerable success as a chess player, serving as a member of the executive board of directors of the United States Chess Federation, earning the rating of Foreign Master through the World Xiangqi Foundation, and winning the Silver Medal through the senior division of the World Memory Championship in Guangzhou, China in 2011.
Mr. Sloan commenced his career in 1968 within the over-the-counter trading department at Hayden, Stone & Co., a Wall Street investment banking firm. Shortly thereafter, in 1970, he established Samuel H. Sloan & Company, was a registered broker-dealer primarily trading over-the-counter stocks and bonds. Mr. Sloan cites a crowning achievement to be when he won a U.S. Supreme Court case against the Securities and Exchange Commission in 1978, noting he was the last non-lawyer to argue a case pro se in front of the court.
Throughout his career, Mr. Sloan has also run for political office on several occasions. As the Libertarian nominee for Governor of New York in 2010 and being a candidate for the Libertarian Party’s presidential nominee in 2012, he was also the Democratic nominee for New York’s 15th Congressional District in 2014, a Democratic primary candidate for U.S. Congress in New York’s 13th Congressional District in 2016, and a Democratic primary candidate for New York’s 14th Congressional District in 2020. Looking ahead, Mr. Sloan aims to continue working on his current court case and leaving victorious.