Business Partner Spotlight | John Kampas
Friday, December 20, 2019
My name is: John Kampas
I work for: EMPIST LLC
My title is: Founder & CEO
The company's product or service is: Providing businesses with IT & digital solutions.
The company has/is: A Managed Services Provider (MSP) with a full web development and digital marketing team.
Before becoming a business partner to the legal market, I was: EMPIST has always been a part of the legal market. It continues to be one of the biggest verticals we work in. One of the reasons our headquarters is based in Chicago is to be present within the legal industry hub. Beyond the legal industry, we work with several professional service firms such as insurance, finance, property management, non-profits, and associations.
I entered the legal market because: We entered the legal market because we saw a high demand for technology there. In the legal market today, there is a dependence on the use of technology to provide quality services and a need for IT outsourcing to help legal professionals do their job.
I have a degree in: Management Information Systems (MIS) from Loyola University Chicago.
I support ALA because: Partnering with the ALA connects us to a great network of legal administrators, some of whom we work with regularly. Our partnership has also given us more insight into what our legal clients are struggling with most in the tech space.
To be successful in the legal market, one has to: Be innovative with their services to align with the high demands of the legal market. Especially when it comes to compliance, Document Management Systems (DMS), and cybersecurity.
The thing I like best about being a business partner to the legal market is: The ability to be involved in an industry that is adopting tech at a rapid pace. The legal industry is primed and ready for a tech overhaul and it’s very exciting to be a part of that.
The best advice I have received is: “Family first”. It’s easy to get caught up in the little things, but ultimately nothing is more important than family. I’ve tried to apply this mentality to running EMPIST, as well. We are one big family, and that’s priority number one.
The best advice I would give to someone just entering the legal market is: Get involved with the community. The legal industry is very driven by word of mouth and referrals, so the best thing you can do is get connected and attend events.
I try to motivate myself and/or my staff by: Trusting my team to make the right decisions and take care of business. I believe people thrive when they feel they are trusted. Micromanaging is the worst thing you can do when trying to motivate a team.
Three things I do well are: Cooking, basketball, and educating on technology.
While I love my current job, my dream job would be: Working at EMPIST is my dream job. It's been so rewarding to watch this company grow, and I'm excited to continue to watch it expand in the years to come. If I had to pick another job, I've always thought being an astronaut would be an interesting occupation.
The last good book I read was: Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business (By: Gino Wickman)
The last good movie I saw was: Rocky IV.
The last vacation I took was: In Greece to celebrate an employee’s wedding.
In my free time, I: Enjoy spending time with family and friends and playing/watching basketball.