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Meet Sam Tejada of Liquivida Lounge in Fort Lauderdale

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sam Tejada.

Sam, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I’ve always considered myself an entrepreneur, but my work as a firefighter paramedic peaked my interest in the health and wellness industry. I started Liquivida Lounge as a concept at a Coconut Creek wellness spa in 2013 with partners Dr. Leo Reyes and Dr. Howard Newman, and later it grew to be much bigger because people now prefer alternative health solutions to live longer, healthier lives. Nutrition is the key to life, and sometimes, we don’t put the best into our body. This lowers our energy, breaks down our body’s defenses, and even impacts how we age.

I envisioned a lounge offering preventative medicine in a modern spa-like experience, fit to relax the mind and replenish the body. In 2014, I partnered with Board Certified physician, Dr. Samuel Hess, to act as Liquivida’s Medical Director, opening Liquivida’s first vitamin iv therapy storefront lounge in Fort Lauderdale in the Galt Mile oceanfront area of Oakland Park Blvd.

People want to fight stress and poor nutrition to obtain energy and vitality. The problem is most people don’t have the tools, thinking that only over-the-counter vitamins and supplements is the way. This is not the case.

Nutrient IV therapy is an effective alternative, giving people longevity and energy to be at their 100% in their jobs and at home by receiving vitamins, minerals, and amino acids direct to the bloodstream.

Joined by my wife, Shayna Tejada, and long-time friend and marketer, Emmanuel Trenche, Liquivida Lounge is now making nutrient or vitamin IV therapy a relaxing part of wellness. Liquivida Lounge now has integrated lounges in Pompano Beach, Boca Raton, and Plantation, FL. My vision is that Liquivida Lounge will serve people of all walks of life, including flight attendants, teachers, local business owners and even celebrities and talented athletes who realize their health should not get in the way of their success.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Starting a business with little cash is fairly easy. Proving the concept required patience.

Growing it from scratch is a different story. Though we’ve met with plenty of investors, not all have been a good fit. We’re looking for strategic investors who can bring knowledge and experience into the mix, helping us to continuously innovate and offer something truly compelling. I would also say that finding committed employees has become challenging though we’ve been able to put a great team together over the years.

In some ways, Google has been more of a challenge because we have to grow our business thinking about how Google can help us since their search engine has become so powerful. Staying on the top of the latest trends and making sure we can properly market all of our Liquivida locations is something we keep constantly on our radar.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Liquivida Lounge – what should we know?
Our company is known for helping people look and feel younger, healthier, and more energetic. Nutrition plays a big role in how we age as well so we’re always offering solutions that can help people manage that better. Nutrient or vitamin IV therapy is one of the more effective ways to age management by delivering the powerful benefits of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids direct to the bloodstream, helping people live to their true potential. What sets us apart is our brand and our people. We invest in the brightest team members and also train them to offer the very best experience and knowhow to our franchise partners and customers. I’m most proud of the fact that we’ve been able to grow and scale the business with a drop of investment and a whole lot of passion and dedication.

I’m also proud of our Liquida RV, which supports our Liquivida @Work initiative that adds so much value to people in their day-to-day work.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
I personally could not have done it without the whole Liquivida team. Starting from the top with our executive corporate team all the way down to each individual location employee.

Everyone within the company has a strategic role in making our company an ongoing success.

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