Meet Iddi! Our team at Atlas Lexington had the opportunity to sit down with one of our newest team members, Iddi Kaumba, to discuss business strategy and industry growth. Kaumba has been an Account Manager on the team since May of 2019 and has seen great growth since that day.
Where are you from?
“I was born in Baraja, D.R. Congo. However, I grew up in a small refugee camp in Tanzania called Lugufu. Most of my teenage years were spent here in Lexington, where I attended Morton Middle and Henry Clay High School. I played soccer during those years, and the sport truly paved my life in a positive direction.”
What was your childhood like?
“As a kid, I was kind, goofy, and energetic. I played 3 years of high school soccer and 4 years of college soccer at Mount Aloysius College. That taught me many things like leadership, teamwork, work ethic, and respect. I’ve been able to use all of these things in the outside world. Being where I’m from, my childhood experience may differ from my co-workers. Being raised in the refugee camp taught me to not take anything for granted and to be grateful for each opportunity that comes your way.”
Tell us about your collegiate experience?
“College was amazing for me. I attended Mount Aloysius College and got my degree in Political Science, with a minor in General Science. For a time, I was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon. Growing up, I always wanted to be a dentist, but I decided to pursue business instead. The ultimate goal for me is to simply be successful and happy.”
What drew you towards the company?
“I saw an opportunity for growth and social development. I wanted to work with people because I consider myself very caring and good around people. The environment is very positive and supportive. Some of my best memories with the company have been the team road-trips. They have given me a chance to get to know my co-workers on a more personal level. We are a very family-oriented business and enjoy spending time together.”
What is something you’ve learned through your work you didn’t know before?
“My self-confidence and social skills have gotten much better. This business is a mental game; anyone is able to do it and be great at it, but only if they are willing to put in the work. At times, I’ve had to emphasize that the key to being successful is to stay positive.”
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
“I’d like to be stable. I don’t want finances to be an issue. It’s hard to tell where exactly I will be because I love to travel. However, I know to get to that it’ll take hard work for many years.
As for his mentors, Iddi Kaumba thanks those outside of his family who supported him along the road. When he is not crushing goals in the Atlas Lexington office, Iddi can be found hanging out with friends or hitting the gym.