For this week’s Meet the Team, we sat down with the man behind the whole idea of VZP Digital, Victor Perez.
What led you to want to start VZP Digital?
I have always been passionate about using technology and connecting opportunities to make better solutions. Once exposed to the industry and need, I felt that there were better ways to serve the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community. That belief, and a growing market that was drastically underserved by existing service providers, provided a great opportunity to explore new services, partner with product/software applications, content creation for this audience, and always exploring the next innovative solution. Most importantly, we want to deliver a voice to the community that is hungry for more solutions to help communications and accessibility.
What experiences can you utilize to make VZP different from other companies that offer similar services?
Around 2007-2008, I was involved in evaluating solutions around subtitling and captions and was intrigued with the technology. It isn’t complex, but moving from tape to digital was creating new opportunities and tapping my engineering interest. As a former CIO watching the convergence of TV and computers, I began to realize the unique blend of experiences I had. I felt these skills, along with decades of relationships I had built, could potentially set the stage for some new products and services. Using a combination of management, technology, and TV, I feel very well positioned to bring all these experiences together. Our goal is to innovate and collaborate on future solutions to improve the communication gaps that exist for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community.
Tell us a little about your background.
I am a PK (Preacher’s Kid), my dad was a Methodist minister who transferred up from Texas (Yes, I was born in Texas) in 1976. The first bumper sticker I remember seeing in Colorado was, “If you like Texas, take I-25 south!” – I thought that was funny.
Not being originally from here, what is your favorite thing about Colorado?
The seasons are definitely memorable, especially since you can experience them in a matter of days, LOL. I remember when we moved to Colorado in July and there was snow on the ground!
Are you a big sports fan? Which teams?
I enjoy most sports, especially around the playoffs. Football, however, I can watch anytime. I like to watch the Broncos, but there is still an affinity for the Cowboys from all those years in Texas.
What is your favorite vacation spot?
We have a place up in the mountains that is SO quiet it really helps me decompress. I just need to find the time to get up there more often.
What is one unique thing you do when you are not working?
I love to create music in my free time. I have an informal studio with a guitar, bass, clarinet, drums, and keyboards. I play guitar, but can plunk out sounds on pretty much all of the instruments. Some people like to work out stress, I like to play out stress. I love to spend time in the music cave cranking out impromptu jam sessions.