Growing up in the small beach town of Nokomis, Florida, food and family always went hand in hand. Sam got hooked on cooking at a young age, and got his first gig in the kitchen at a small waterside restaurant down the road when he was fourteen. His passion for good food, extreme hospitality, and the fast-paced, always-evolving industry, led him from Florida to Oklahoma to sunny CO. He worked his way up the ranks of such fine institutions as Michael’s On East, Crab & Fin, and A Good Egg Dining Group before he joined the family at Jax Fish House.
When he’s not slinging the best seafood you’ve ever had at Jax, you’ll find Sam hiking with his girl and their dogs, camping, fishing, or just cooking at home with his friends and family.
Colorado native Lee Sandoval is a class act in courtesy. He got his start as a bellhop and all around hand, helping his aunt manage The Centennial in Beaver Creek. From there he went on to work at The Park Hyatt and, after earning a degree in Psychology from the University of Bridgeport, he landed his first gig with the Big Red F at Rhumba Cafe Caribbean. Since then he’s worked his way up the ranks, first at The West End Tavern, then Centro, and now Jax Fish House.
When he’s not hosting folks at Jax, Lee enjoys spending time with his wife, dining out or hosting small gatherings at home. He also loves playing rec-league soccer, running, cycling, hiking, skiing, and dressing to the nines.
AARON DERRBAR MANAGER
Raised in Syracuse, New York, Aaron made his way to Colorado for a bit of sunshine and a change of pace. After graduating from CU Boulder with a degree in Political Science, he put his love of fine wine and hospitality to work and quickly rose through the ranks at Jax. His hard work, humor, and passion have earned him a first level Sommelier certificate and the self-appointed title of “best waiter in 8 states at least.”
When he’s not crafting incredible wine lists and welcoming guests at Jax, Aaron enjoys hanging out with his wife, playing with his dog Blue, climbing, kicking it at home, and cheering on his beloved Syracuse Orange.