Adam Roper

Director of Strategy and Search Operations

“Adam brings his years of leadership in recruiting to all of the subtle components of studying each leader that he supports as they navigate critical streams of analysis and preference.” 

Adam joined The Parnassus Group in 2022 as an Associate and now contributes as the Director of Strategy and Operations. He enjoys working on complex problems where creativity and ideation are welcomed. Adam has recently engaged in projects around healthtech, provider services, and VBC teams.

Notable projects for Adam have included placements of Vice Presidents of Operations, Vice Presidents of Clinical Operations, and senior business development leaders.

Adam received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and his master’s degree from the University of Alabama. Prior to joining the team at Parnassus, he spent a decade working in higher education administration. Most recently he oversaw the out of state recruitment efforts for the University of Alabama. Adam and his wife, Janie, live in Birmingham, Alabama with their three sons. In his personal time, Adam enjoys podcasts and building hot wheels tracks and legos with his boys.

The Parnassus Group is absolutely, 100%, truly unique. Little did I know 5 years ago that I would develop a friendship with John and the Parnassus Group. A brief call, which led to a short meeting, has turned into a meaningful relationship. I don’t think about the Parnassus team as a firm, I think of them as trusted advisors and friends. John has been a mentor to me, and someone that I think to call when I’m faced with difficult decisions, or I’m seeking an unbiased view. But it doesn’t stop with John, he’s developed a team that is bright, talented, and wants to provide a service that is unparalleled.

As I’ve grown in my career, the scope of the work has gained complexity, exposure to senior leadership more frequent, and the impact of decisions more meaningful, I’ve realized the importance of creating balance.

When I think about the time I’m with my family during the work-week, the amount of hours are precious.  I’ve made a commitment (most of the time) to set my phone down when I walk in the house at the end of the day, and try not to pick it back up until the kids are in bed. While this may not sound like a lot, I’ve found it’s the little things that create the necessary boundaries.

What are some of the things that you have learned as a leader that involved your decision making process about coming to DaVita?

Over the years, I’ve heard the phrase, “life is a journey, not a destination”. This became true when I started working at Davita, and realized that the Village provided an opportunity to learn and grow, and be part of something bigger than an employee fulfilling a role in an organization.

Prior to DaVita, I spent a number of years in an organization wanting more, but unclear where I would find it, and how I would get there. When I learned about DaVita,  I was intrigued by the concept of Teammates, and hearing stories about tenure and the ability to grow within the organization.

As I’ve experienced this journey first hand, I’ve found the experience to be more fulfilling than I could have imagined. Knowing that I can raise my hand to gain exposure to a project, be called on by Teammates outside my lane provides energy to continue to want to do more. This is an organization that encourages an entrepreneurial spirit, while never having to leave the organization.