Star City Six – Adam Walter
Virtual C (www.virtualc.biz) offers executive consulting services, working with businesses to facilitate transformation and help navigate the technical waters. Adam Walter is the owner of Virtual C.
Tell us a little about your business.
Essentially we come to you and act as an advocate to help you decide how to manage technical departments. This is done through agile transformation and remaining impartial to technical solutions. Don’t know what to do or where to go? We can coach you through it with strategy sessions and full mentoring/coaching services for your management staff. We even offer fractional management services for companies on a tight budget or in between managers.
How did you get started in the business?
Like many people, I realized that the corporate grind was not a good fit for me. The money and benefits were great but I was thirsty for a good challenge. I also wanted more flexibility in my life for my family. So I decided to found a company where I could utilize the last 20 years of knowledge to help other companies. With the idea of bringing C-level services to all companies, Virtual C was born.
What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally?
Taking setbacks and turning them into opportunities. Just because a company is not a good fit or a project fails, it does not mean I am a failure. Sometimes you need to accept that a place is not a good fit or a project is not working and walk away or let it fail. As we say in our company, “Don’t be afraid of failure, evolve!”
What has been your most important achievement professionally?
When I see an employee or peer succeed and played a part in that. Anyone can promote themselves, but helping someone else get to that next level in their career or seeing a business succeed because you stepped in and helped augment them, that is success to me.
Tell us a little about your family.
We went from zero to four kids in four months. How is that for an opening line? My wife has a Master’s in Genetics, a Pharm. D and is currently a clinical pharmacist at the VA counseling patients. We had a wonderfully adventurous seven years of marriage before coming to the conclusion that biological kids were not in the cards, so we did our research and became foster parents. We eventually were identified as good adoptive parents for a sibling group of three amazing kids, two girls and little boy. Soon after, I was minding my own business at work and I got a call asking if I wanted to have a day-old baby. Tomorrow. I believe my response was something like, “Well I should probably check with my wife first.” We decided it would be a great idea and less than 24 hours later I was holding my son. Now our kids are 12, 11, 10 and 5 years old. They love music, playing in the pool, camping, and are a true joy in our lives. My wife and I are very much still in love after 14 years of marriage and try to dedicate time to each other every evening.
What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know?
I’m an All-American track athlete.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
“It isn’t about finding the right person, it is about being the right person.”
If you could choose only one descriptive word to be remembered as, what would it be?
What is your greatest talent that you don’t utilize in your daily work life?
Board game awesomeness.
What local non-profit organization(s) are you passionate about or involved with, and are there any special reasons why?
Christ Lutheran Church. My faith is very important to me and I really have a passion for helping others in life.
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