Lloydminster native Jory Lamb recently took home the EY Entrepreneur of the Year award in the technology and communications category for his company, VistaVu Solutions.
VistaVu, which began its operation in early 2004, provides a single, fully integrated software system for energy service companies. This is the third time Lamb has been nominated for the award and he said it feels great to finally receive the accolade.
“It’s a great group that’s in the technology category and there are a lot of accomplished entrepreneurs inside of that group,” he said. “It’s quite an honour just to be associated.”
VistaVu has been growing fast since it began and now has fully staffed offices in Calgary and Houston, Tex. Lamb said the plan is to continue growing both offices where they see the opportunity to do so and that he’s happy about the new technology that the company has been acquiring.
“We’re really excited about some of the technology that we’re bringing on board and what that’s going to mean to our customers to manage the volume of data that they need to contend with on a daily basis,” said Lamb. “You’ve probably seen, through your own smartphone, a lot the changes in technol- ogy and so we see some of those changes finding their way into the oil, gas, and energy services base.”
Lamb said he knew from a young age that he wanted to start his own company. His parents owned a local convenience store here in Lloydminster and that showed him what it’s like to be a business owner. From then on, he knew he wanted to do something on his own.
He said VistaVu is his sixth startup company since graduating from the University of Saskatchewan in his early 20s, showing that a little perseverance pays off. For people thinking of taking the entrepreneurial route in life, Lamb’s number one suggestion is that they just take that “first step.”
“It’s amazing how many opportunities present themselves once you just make that commitment and take that first step,” he said. “If you’re not an entrepreneur (yet), why not? Go for it. Swing for the fence.”
When it comes to folks who have already taken that first step, his recommendation for them is to just keep their focus.
“I think our ability to focus on providing software to this very specific segment of the oil and gas industry, the energy services base, has allowed us to be very successful.”