Voyage ATL - July 2017
Today we’d like to introduce you to Sam Zamarripa.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Sam. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
My first professional job out of graduate school was with the State of Georgia working as a planner for the Department of Human Resources. I was well paid with managers that I remain friends with to this very day. The environment however was slow and cumbersome and I wanted to create and run. I left this job with a small severance and started my long journey, through many roles and jobs, to become an entrepreneur.
Along the way, I worked for great political leaders including Manuel Maloof, Maynard Jackson and Andrew Young. Each of these remarkable people influence how I thought, worked and eventually how I communicated.
In 1989, Andrew Young ran and lost a race for Governor. As one of his key aides, I met many people who influenced my entrepreneurial path including the former President & CIO of Aflac Insurance Company, Salvador Diaz Verson, Jr. Sal and I worked together over many years, founding a variety companies, including United Americas Bank which was quite successful for more than a decade.
There were many other companies in this period including a dot-com failure but also a very successful investment in the financial services world. It was also a period when I worked as the Senior Vice President of the Metro Chamber of Commerce with its capable President & CEO Sam Williams.
These experiences with great business and political leaders culminated in my decision to run for the State Senate in 2000 and represent the City of Atlanta. I won, loved it, stayed for two terms and left to return to being an entrepreneur.
Today, decades later, and many companies too, I am the President of a successful technology company, started with just an idea. This company is Intent Solutions. The thread that runs through my life as a civic person and entrepreneur is great mentors.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
If an entrepreneur tells you a smooth story, you are not getting the real story. There is no smooth in the creation and world of business. It’s all hard and failure is more common than success. Too, it all takes twice as long to do anything well.
Intent Solutions, Inc. – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Intent Solutions is a technology enabled services company—we have designed and filed patents on technology to improve medication adherence in clinical research, chronic pain management and specialty pharmacy settings. You could say we are in the business of making people healthier and reducing medical cost; that is true. In the big picture however, we are in the business of changing the very definition of what it means to be adherence. In other words, what it means to take your medications as prescribed. I am proud of my partners and investors for making this happen.
What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
It is always reassuring when hard work creates great outcomes. It is not a given, there are times that I have failed even though I worked hard. When things go well however, I always savor the moment. Some of those moments;
1. Founding United Americas Bank.
2. Winning an open race for the State Senate.
3. Seeing my children graduate from high school, college and graduate school.
4. Raising the seed capital for Intent Solutions followed by the A-round.
5. After more than 5 years of work publishing my first Novel, the Spectacle of Let – The Oliet and Obit in 2017. see Samuel Zamarripa on Amazon Books.