We had the good fortune of connecting with Adam Shlomi and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Adam, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
Businesses are all about people, so I care about people on all ends of the process, from the parents and student to the tutors themselves. Working in the service industry means we’re putting time from hardworking and nice people on the market, and fostering a positive experience is the top priority for us. Normal bosses can be stressful and overbearing, so it’s important at SoFlo that we’re thinking about our employees and considering them in all aspects of the businesses. All companies are customer-centric, but we’re employee-centric too. We can offer support to our tutors when needed, but we’re also cool with stepping back and placing trust into our incredibly talented employees.
What should our readers know about your business?
I founded SoFlo Tutoring from my room after breaking my ankle, an injury so severe that several doctors told me I might never be able to walk again. Building a company from the ground up and focusing my energy into physical therapy to recover from my injury were similar in a few aspects, the most important being grit. I stayed positive in both my career and personal endeavors, and found that putting in the hours and hard work is the only way to really push past the obstacles that life inevitably throws in the way. When I had to focus on a grueling physical therapy schedule, I had to leave my job as a bank analyst because the hours I had to work were rigidly-set. The inability to work with a flexible schedule actually revealed itself as a blessing in disguise, because SoFlo started gaining traction after I left the bank position. My experiences left me with a few values I wasn’t willing to compromise as the founder of SoFlo. I wanted the role to be flexible for all of our hardworking tutors, and I wanted to make sure that I created a positive work environment for everyone by maintaining connections and staying open and understanding. Now, I’m excited by the culture of SoFlo that I’ve cultivated with this mindset and the freedom everyone holds in their roles.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’m currently based in Miami Beach, where there’s no shortage of things to do. Beyond spending days in the sun on the beautiful beaches, there’s a rich nightlife and amazing restaurants to check out. I also want to shoutout southwest Broward county, where I grew up. I spent almost every day after school in high school at Wolf Lake, an amazing park in Davie where you can fish, go out on the lake, or just chill.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to shoutout SoFlo’s Operations Manager, Christina. Not only does she help reach out to potential leads and new students, but she is also phenomenal at facilitating communication between tutors and their students. Without her, the day-to-day management of SoFlo’s moving parts wouldn’t be the same, and I’m thankful she’s a pro at handling so many communication-based aspects of the process. And, of course, SoFlo Tutoring wouldn’t be the same without all of the hardworking people who spend their time tutoring others. I want to thank all of the tutors who work at SoFlo for their efforts and enthusiasm, and I hope we can continue growing our group of amazing tutors in the future.