Meet Our Team

Michael Sams

Insurance Agent

Sams/Hockaday & Associates, Inc.

122 W. Prairie Avenue, Suite 201
Decatur, IL 62523





Michael Sams was born and raised in Decatur, IL. He grew up playing baseball and basketball, and went to Mt. Zion high school, where he rode a horse as the mascot for the Braves football team for 8 yrs. Michael earned a Division 1 scholarship to play basketball in college. He graduated from Millikin University in 2007.

Michael married his wife Jill in Sept of 2007. They have 3 children with number 4 on the way! They live on a horse farm where they raise and train horses as a hobby. He loves to trail ride at home and in the Shawnee National forest.

Michael became an agent with Sams/Hockaday in August of 2005 and has been helping seniors with health and life related products ever since.

Medicare & Retirement Planning Seminars at the Sams Ranch

Are you entering into the world of Medicare and retirement? Saddle up – this one’s for you!

Medicare is confusing for almost everyone Michael talks to. Some people educate themselves for years and still can’t wrap their head around Medicare Part D drug plans. There are 26+ choices and the ever-mysterious penalties that are based on the “national base beneficiary premium” which just so happens to change every year…

It’s confusing. That’s why for the first time, Michael is offering a free, 1-hour seminar at his brand new family ranch. He is very proud of what he's built there and can’t wait to share it with the community. Even if you think you’ve got it all figured out, use this seminar as an excuse to visit the beautiful Sams Ranch!

On the first Tuesday of every month at 6pm starting in August 2020, you’re invited to come on out to shovel out the manure of Medicare! (Just kidding, no physical effort required!)

✓ Bring your spouse

✓ One hour long

✓ No sales pitch – this seminar is educational only!

✓ He'll be covering Medicare and retirement planning in plain language

Michael has been focused on serving our central IL community for over 15 years and would be honored if you’d attend this educational seminar.

There will be a hand sanitizer station at the entrance and face masks are optional.

There are a limited number of seats at each seminar, so please save your seat here:

4150 Sandcreek Road, Decatur, IL 62521

Here's what Michael's clients say!

The best thing you do is the individual attention you give your clients. In today's world the human touch is almost gone. I really appreciate your contacting me with changes that will benefit my insurance program. Most folks do not have the knowledge needed to make intelligent decisions regarding medical insurance therefore the insurance rep is the most valuable contact a client can make. Thank you Michael Sams. I am proud of you and your accomplishments.
J.S., Customer
Great contact flexibility, detail of answers provided.
W.S., Customer
I am SO pleased with my insurance agent, Michael Sams! He is a kind and caring man, very professional and extremely helpful. He relieved all of my fears and made a very complicated process easy to understand! I highly recommend him to all my friends!
B.S., Customer
you checking each year for best deal so I don't have to
Larry B., customer since 2011
We have absolutely not worries when we have Sams/Hockaday taking care of our insurance needs. We are very busy and they always have our needs in their priority.
S.F., Customer
Michael did an excellent job finding my husband and me the right insurance for us. He is very personable and professional.
L.H., Customer
Good communication and follow through....Thank you very much..
T.J., Customer
We both trust you Michael because you are a Christian. This means so very much to us as we tend to try to always give our business to the family of God as it helps both parties.
D.T., Customer
Michael answered all our questions about supplements for Medicare insurance the first visit. He found us reasonable rates for a RX and a supplement and gave easy to understand explanations of the policies. He responded to our phone calls in a timely fashion, and scheduled our meetings promptly and at our convenience.
S.B., Customer
On time had info ready! You know we were looking for price value! By changing to plan G was able to take care of both! Was nice to meet Taylor face to face now we can put a face with voice ! Again thanks for your help!
D.W., Customer
This company is reputable and has the best interest of their client in every decision.
B.F., Customer
Michael took great care of me when signing up for supplemental insurance. He walked me through it step by step so I understood what I was getting. The whole staff was very polite. I recommend Sams/Hockaday.
T.F., Customer
Personal service. Makes sure we are getting the best possible coverage and rate. We like dealing with Michael. Very nice young man.
D.T., Customer
You always watch for a better program to save me money and be sufficient for my needs. It has always turned out to be better then the previous one.. Thanks Michael Sams I can trust you.
R.R., Customer
Answered questions so we could understand. Made sure we understood the program thoroughly. Worked to make visits convienet for both .
J.F., Customer
Knowledgeable friendly service.
Customer since 2015
Michael was so easy to talk with and I have referred several people to him
B.S., Customer
I found you and your staff very easy to talk to and very informative, every one has been very comfortable to work with to take care of my needs. It's been a pleasure working with all of you and will continue to use your services.
Joseph M., customer since 2014
Felt very comfortable with you and your team. You made us welcome, explored all the avenues and strived to make a complicated system (Medicare, supplemental, etc.) easy for us to navigate and understand while also finding the best and most cost effective solutions.
Helene F., customer since 2015
We think Michael Sams is the best and most interested insurance agent we have ever had. He cares about his customers.
Donald B., customer since 2007
Your willingness to help when we get a bill from the doctor or medical field person or medicare worker.
A.W., Customer
Listens to my questions, and always takes the time to explore my best options.
J. H., Customer
You made my wife comfortable, and she's not a #'s person.
M.S., Customer
We've been treated like we are family. Michael seems to care about our needs and has given us suggestions on older policies that we can change to benefit down the road.
R.B., Customer
It was a relief not to worry if the paper work was done correctly or not. You answered and verified with me that which I was't sure of.
R.B., Customer
it was great the way all my options were so readily available for me to see and compare. Your system is so easy to understand and you are so helpful. Insurance is a very complicated process for most of us under the best of circumstances. At retirement, it is even worse. You made it seem easy. Thank you.
C.C., Customer
You explained my choices regarding Medicare, as many times as I needed you to, until I understood my options. I like knowing that you are there, if I have any questions.
C. S., Customer
Michael Sams is an excellent agent! He is very patient and knowledgeable in all aspects of senior age concerns. I recommend to everyone that he explains insurance in the easiest way possible!
B.S., Customer
good explanations of ins. when I have questions I always get a prompt reply.
R.W., Customer
I appreciate the research you do for us each year on prescription plans available for our particular needs. This is an outstanding service. Thank you.
W.I., Customer
My situation in a bit different - I am taking care of my mom's affairs and had NO idea how to choose supplemental insurance for her; especially because of her needs. Michael laid out all of the options for me and talked to me with words I could actually understand (no insurance jargon) and answered all of my questions. He told me what to expect each step of the way. Michael took this daunting task off my shoulders and really helped me.
G.P., Customer
Time well spent. No rush. Makes the best recommendations.
N.R., Customer
I felt that you took care of our insurance and did it personally.
S.M., Customer
Very personal effort to bring about customer satisfaction. Friendly, courteous office staff.
R.B., Customer
everyone was friendly and helpful
B.B., Customer
I have already referred friends to you. We value your knowledge of the Medicare process. You helped us understand our options and navigate the system.
D.B., Customer
I need to know who my agent is since Dianne is retired.
B.T., Customer
I've been working with Michael Sams for about 5 years since my mother went on Medicare. The world of Medicare (supplement policies, prescription policies, the donut hole, etc.) can be very confusing and overwhelming. Michael has always been exceptionally patient, kind and has walked me through the process of choosing the right policies for my mother. My father retired this year, and now he's been added to the list of clients at SamsHockaday. Michael walked me through his process and everything was flawless. My family and I are so appreciative of the attention, expertise and services provided by Michael. Thank you so very much for making something that can be stressful and overwhelming go smoothly and seem so easy!
M.C., Customer
I am always kept informed and feel that if I want to make changes Michael will have the knowledge and expertise to help me. When I signed up for Medicare, Michael made it so much easier than I thought it would be!
C.B., Customer
I have recommended my friends to your company. I am very pleased with the services I have received from Michael. He is very knowledgeable and very personable.
R.R., Customer
Professionalism, courteous and knowing exactly how to meet my needs. Also knowing that you and your staff are only a phone call away with all the answers and help that I need. Plus you saved me money. :)
D.W., Customer
As iam a new customer, i don't have a lot to say. but i did appreciate that you did return my phone calls in a timely fashion. thank you fo all you have done.
Bonnie S., customer since 2015
I feel like you got me the best medical insurance, based on my needs, and you will let me know if I need to change companies, so I don't worry whether I have the best or not.
David B., customer since 2011
You are very good at keeping us informed as to which plan is best for us and why. As far as I'm concerned, you are the go to guy when it comes to insurance. If I had cash to invest I would go to you with that also because of your honesty and not pressuring us. I definitely rate you a 10.
L.A., Customer
I got some valuable help from you when I did not know very much about what i was doing. You helped make my process so much easier and more understandable.
J.H., Customer
Helping each year with Plan D recommendations and keeping us abreast of Retirement options
R.B., Customer
Always optimistic, friendly and helpful. They take time to answer questions and to find unknown answers. They make suggestions to aid in investing.
D.J., Customer
They navigate Medicare and supplemental insurance options to find you a custom fit. They made the entire process for us so simple and painless. We feel like we found friends at Sams/Hockaday.
Joan B., customer since 2015
What we like is you can always talk with real person! If you leave a message they always get back with you! There are lots of folks selling ins. but customer service is what keeps customers coming back ! Michael does an outstanding job on service!
D.W., Customer
Michael, I like that you are always on top of the changes that will come my way. I like that you give me plenty of time to make changes. I like that you are approachable and concerned with my smallest questions. Thanks!
C.M., Customer
Disclaimer: We do not offer every plan available in your area. Any information we provide is limited to those plans we do offer in your area. Please contact or 1-800-MEDICARE to get information on all of your options.