Welcome to the second season of Victory Groove! Dr. Eli Jones welcomes Paul Sarvadi.

Paul joins us today and shares how his faith has affected his life, from being a young spouse to running his successful HR solutions company, Insperity. Paul shares how connecting with God changed his life, and how he applied his Faith into what he did day to day. He discusses the importance of a company’s culture and how taking care of your people strongly affects the efficiency of a workplace. You won’t want to miss how Paul found his calling and how his faith in God brought him to become the strong leader he is today.

Paul Sarvadi, co-founder of the Company and its subsidiaries, has been a director since the Company’s inception in 1986. He has also served as the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of the Company since 1989 and as president of the Company from 1989 to August 2003. He attended Rice University and the University of Houston prior to starting and operating several small companies. Mr. Sarvadi has served as president of NAPEO and was a member of its board of directors for five years. In 2001, Mr. Sarvadi was selected as the 2001 National Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year ® for service industries. In 2004, he received the Conn Family Distinguished New Venture Leader Award from Mays Business School at Texas A&M University. In 2007, he was inducted into the Texas Business Hall of Fame.

Mr. Sarvadi brings substantial business and operational experience to the Board, including an extensive knowledge of sales, customer relationships, and issues affecting small to medium-sized businesses. Mr. Sarvadi’s role as a co-founder of the Company and lengthy service as chief executive officer of the Company provide to the Board extensive knowledge and insight of our operations and issues affecting the Company as well as the broader PEO industry. Mr. Sarvadi’s previous experience starting and operating several small businesses, as well as his frequent interaction with the Company’s clients, provide valuable insight to the challenges facing small to medium-sized businesses, which is a principal focus of the Company.

Paul Sarvadi

 Dr. Eli Jones is a Professor of Marketing, Lowry and Peggy Mays Eminent Scholar, and the former Dean of Mays Business School at his alma mater, Texas A&M University.  He served as Dean of three flagship business schools for over 13 years. Prior to becoming a dean, he was on the faculty at the University of Houston as an Assistant Professor, Associate Professor with tenure, Full Professor, Associate Dean for Executive Education Programs, Director of the Program for Excellence in Selling, and founding Executive Director of the Sales Excellence Institute at the University of Houston.  

He has published sales and sales management research in top academic journals and is a co-author of two professional books, Selling ASAP, and Strategic Sales Leadership: Breakthrough Thinking for Breakthrough Results. He just finished writing his new book, Run Toward Your Goliaths, a book about his and his wife’s faith journey. He is a Lifetime Achievement Award recipient by the American Marketing Association’s Sales Special Interest Group and a Ph.D. Project Hall of Fame recipient in 2016.  

Fighting with Faith to overcome adversity.  Running Toward Your Goliaths. 

You can find your copy of Run Toward Your Goliaths here: https://www.amazon.com/Run-Toward-Your-Goliaths-Professional-ebook/dp/B09K4SMZW2