Hey! I'm Jonathan DelaRosa and I am the Chief Operating Officer for SOLV Risk Solutions. I love business, innovation and new ideas which is why I am probably always pushing the technology envelope! It's been said that, “innovation is a process -- a journey, not a destination,” and I find pleasure in the process. I thrive in pushing myself to think differently in every team meeting, client meeting and in every product discussion. No one ever got anywhere standing in the same place. My hobbies include coaching, exercising and raising my two girls and two boys alongside with my awesome wife!
What makes you passionate about SOLV and the mission behind it?
For years I was in Anti-Money Laundering compliance and for years I was told that my personality and networking abilities was more that of a salesperson. And not that I was bad at the job, but my character seemed to fit that role better. However, I dreaded the thought of being a pushy salesperson or having to meet a quota.
If I was going to sell anything or provide any service or product to anyone, it needed to have value both to me and the “customer.” I wanted to believe that I was truly helping someone, truly helping them see the big picture and have a clear understanding to meet their needs. This is what SOLV is about. Providing clarity and treating people and companies the way they would want to be treated.
What brought you to SOLV?
Funny, but it was Vegas! I met the CEO, Frank, at a table game in Vegas back in October 2019. There was one seat left and the group invited me to join after minutes of watching. Frank and I got to chatting and told me he was in Risk Mgmt and I told him that to some extent I was too, just a different industry. I asked where he was from, he said, “Austin,” and I replied, “Get out, me too!” And that was really it. We put our heads together and bounced some ideas off one another, grabbed lunch back in Texas. I found that we shared the same visions, passions and a lot of the same ideas. I knew this was a guy that I could learn from and have as a mentor. I parted ways with the Cryptocurrency company I was with in February 2020 and he was my next call. Less than 24 hours later, he hired me.
What is your role/responsibilities at SOLV?
I’m currently the Chief Operating Officer for SOLV. Alongside the CEO, I’m responsible for business development and growth of the company through various avenues such as acquisitions, strategic partnerships and innovation. I assist with staffing and implementing new ideas, processes and software!
What superpower would you like to have?
I would want Captain America’s “Super Solider,” formula running through my veins! Enhanced agility, strength, speed, endurance, and reaction time.
If you could meet anyone in the world, live or dead. Who would it be?
James Hetfield, lead singer for Metallica. I’ve been listening to their music since 1992 (I was 9) and I believe him to be a musical genius. I think it’d be great to hear his journey in a one-on-one setting, hear of his influences, why Jason really left and having heard some interviews, he just seems like a good dude to sit on the back porch with and kick it. I play guitar so it’d be great to jam with him.
What would we find you doing on a regular Saturday afternoon?
On a court or field! I have four kids and they all love sports! I can count on one hand how many free Saturdays we really have a year, and we love it. As a family, we’re all very involved in sports as I also do a lot of coaching. Thankfully my wife loves sports too!
What is your favorite movie quote?
This is a tough one. We love movies and we constantly quote movies to each other in my house. “Mean Girls,” is probably one of my favorite movies to quote with my kids but if I had to pick one quote, geez, this is really tough, I’d probably go with Ben Stiller as the orderly in Happy Gilmore. When talking to the nice old lady in the nursing home as she complains about her fingers hurting from knitting, “Oh, well now your back’s gonna hurt, ‘cause you just pulled landscaping duty. Anybody else’s fingers hurt? …I didn’t think so.” I quote this a lot to my kids when they complain about chores!