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Today we’d like to introduce you to Adam Vital.
Adam, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I am proud to be a native Houstonian, having grown up in the third ward area and attended Jack Yates High School. I have fond memories of humble beginnings in a small home that was within 20 yards of a railroad track; freight trains passed by several times on a daily basis. A strong foundation of values was impressed upon me at very early age: Accountability, Excellence, Integrity. Here is a sampling of regular counsel from my mother: 1) “Whenever you take on a task or job, make sure that it’s done well, or don’t do it at all.” 2)”Always strive for excellence and be the best you can be.” 3) “Make sure that you always do a good day’s work, in return for a good day’s pay.” The repetition and consistency of these admonitions made an enormous impact on a young mind. Of course, my mother never finished high school but understood the fundamentals of creating healthy habits: She was always quick to reinforce her guidance and directives with praise or disciplinary action as appropriate to the particular situation.
After high school, I went off to college at the University of Missouri where I played football (as a walk-on) on a team that is recognized by some to be one of best, if not the best in the history of Mizzou. The Mizzou football team walk-on experience is a story unto itself, and I won’t go into detail; however, suffice it to say that it taught me a lot about focus, perseverance, and determination.
I am very competitive and results oriented by nature and, after college, I had the good fortune to have the opportunity to channel that energy into a very satisfying and rewarding career at AT&T (Southwestern Bell at the time). In over 42 years with AT&T, I had the opportunity to work in many places across the country, acquire a master’s degree and gain an appreciation for people of various backgrounds and perspectives.
After retirement, I had a strong desire for sharing the valuable expertise and insights I gained over the years to help businesses, so I decided to do some consulting. More than 20 years in executive positions provided me with substantial expertise in all aspects of leadership, oversight and running businesses; however, I particularly enjoyed planning and execution on strategies to accelerate sales and revenue growth. Inspired by this passion, I guided my teams at AT&T in growing revenues by hundreds of millions of dollars. In short, I have the expertise and remain inspired by an intense desire to help my clients’ businesses drive growth.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Starting a new business has been challenging, but not something with which I am unfamiliar. I have experience in starting up new ventures with AT&T, so I know that it takes a good well thought out plan, along with consistent, disciplined execution to ensure success.