Apogee Awards Honorees: Samael Tejada
Meet Samael Tejada of Liquivida Lounge, an honoree in the Healthcare category at the 2020 Apogee Awards
Samael Tejada is president and founder of Liquivida Lounge, a state-of-the-art preventative health, wellness medspa and lounge headquartered in South Florida. Liquivida employs top board-certified chief medical experts in the fields of preventative wellness, optimal health and aesthetic services at nine retail locations spanning four states and services over 1,500 doctors through their distribution pharmacy.
Fun fact: I played the violin for 14 years growing up.
What is your favorite South Florida dining destination? While there are so many great restaurants, I recently dined at a classy and trendy place in Miami called Papi Steak. The food is beyond delicious.
What do you like to do on weekends? I enjoy doing outdoor activities such as mountain biking, kayaking, fishing and just being out on the water.
How do you unwind from a long day at work? Like most people, I work out, but I prefer to do it in the morning to start my day right and put me in a good mindset. At the end of the day, I’m a foodie and I truly enjoy ending my day with a good meal.
What is your favorite quote? My favorite quote in business is “Work on the business, not in it.”
From whom, or what, do you draw inspiration? I draw inspiration from other C-Level executives. Whether they are people that I know personally or entrepreneurs that I read about in books and articles, I love to gather as much insight as possible and find out how they became successful in their roles. I learn a lot from observing their thought processes and methods. I really get inspired by their stories and unique perspectives.
What has been the biggest accomplishment of your career? My biggest accomplishment is two-fold in that I was able to retire from the fire department and then able to create hundreds of jobs for people.
What has been the most challenging moment in your career and how did you overcome it? The most challenging moments have been when partnerships go bad. I’ve been able to overcome and handle this with my mentors that give me advice on how to handle it and what not to do and how to keep pressing forward. I also have a lot of faith in God, so I believe as long as you put God first, everything else is kind of planned out.
What advice would you give an up and coming professional? Stay focused and motivated. The time will come where you get so frustrated and just want to give up. Just stay focused and stay motivated and remember why you started this in the first place.