Sam Barnes

Board Chair at Jackson College

Samuel Barnes is Executive Vice President – Chief Operating Officer of Commonwealth Associates, Inc., an EC&M Magazine 2017 Top 40 Design Engineering Firm headquartered in Jackson Michigan. A graduate of Hanover-Horton High School, Barnes completed a transfer program at Jackson Community College before continuing on to the University of Michigan, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering and an MBA with distinction. In his role at Commonwealth, he manages the operations of the company and is on the Board of Directors. Committed to his community, Barnes has been a member of the Cascades Lions Club since 1998, serving terms as President, Secretary, and Board Member. Barnes also has volunteered to share career information about engineering with the Explorers. He proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Army Reserves from 1986-’92. Barnes is the father of three children, all of whom have attended Jackson College.


  • Board Chair

    Current role


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