Coushatta native Jamie Adams, 2004 graduate of Louisiana Tech University’s program in Computer Information Systems, advised Fall 2018 graduates to seize courage from fear and find value through relationships during his commencement address Saturday November 17th.
Adams, who Tech President Dr. Les Guice called an “innovator and entrepreneur,” currently serves as the Chief Revenue Officer for Scorpion Inc., a privately-owned digital marketing company with more than 5,000 clients.
“We live in a world where it’s easy to bury ourselves in technology,” Adams said. “Look for opportunities to build relationships with others. You will benefit from it, and you will be a blessing to people.”
Failures, Adams said, provide the opportunity to learn each day, and curiosity and a willingness to get to know other people are valuable traits to develop.
“Every meaningful thing that has happened to me in my life has come because of relationships,” Adams said. “Be passionate about what you are doing and put in the work to be great.
“If you’re scared about what happens next, that’s natural, and you’re not alone. Fear creates the opportunity for courage to exist.”
Adams recounted his own graduation in 2004 from Louisiana Tech, where he experienced the uncertainty that all graduates have.
“I don’t have it all together,” he said. “I am simply a human being doing the best that I can to maximize the gifts that I believe God has given me.”
The University’s Young Alumnus in 2014, Adams earned his degree in computer information systems (CIS) and began his professional career with Deloitte & Touche as an enterprise risk consultant. In 2007 he joined ReachLocal, a digital marketing startup headquartered in both Los Angeles and Shreveport. Adams has spent the past 12 years delivering marketing technology and consulting services to businesses across a number of industries, including automotive, healthcare, legal, franchise, retail, and home services.