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Third-World to American Dream

My story begins in 1978 occupied Panama City. From a very young age, being the youngest of ten children, I learned the value of work and the importance of being part of a team. I remember helping my mother grind corn in preparation for our family suppers and harvesting corn, roots, beans and other vegetables in the fields with my father. I never heard them complain much, regardless of our limited resources, humble means, or our small house with dirt floors. I never felt we were poor though, because my parents, in their own way, instilled a sense of belonging, hope and aspiration, which is now deep within me.

Some people would be dissuaded working so hard to feed so many with so little. For my mother, it was a labor of love. Watching my parents scratch and scrape to make ends meet was instrumental in making me the person I am today.

Nevertheless, I always felt the desire to contribute, and at ten years old, I started a car wash service in front of our house. The next year, I started selling flowers and did so until I graduated from high school. While attending classes at the University of Panama, I worked at a bank as an accounting assistant and quickly became an auditor for one of the largest food distributors in the country.

By nineteen, both my wonderful parents had died. Tina Tina, as I called her, one of my 7 sisters, worked tirelessly to create an opportunity for me to study in America. She took a chance on me, and the rest is still history in the making.

I’ve always vowed never to allow my journey to influence my roots. I love what I do. I love consulting. I enjoy finding and creating solutions to complex problems. Because, whether for a biological or corporate family, there’s no greater feeling than a sense of true purpose and the ability to consistently deliver… on time, every time.

I’m Eric Adames, and semadA is my firm. But, I give credit to my family for all I have been able to accomplish, and more importantly, for who I am today. Because without them, it simply would never have been possible.

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