Ameer shares college’s impact on journey to CEO
We sat down with Gibran Ameer, 2002, CEO of VirtueTechnologies, Inc. and VirtueRN, LLC, to learn more about how his experiences with the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy shaped his career.
Q: What is your favorite memory or experience at the college?
Ameer: There were so many great memories as a Gamecock, from the tailgate Saturdays to the friendships made that I still have today. If I had to narrow it down, it would be the letter of acceptance into pharmacy school. Without that initial acceptance, my life’s journey would have been incredibly different.
Q: How did your company get its start and how has it evolved?
Ameer: We saw a need to impact a specific place in software development for electronic ordering of home medical equipment (HME) for hospice patients. The business has evolved to also offer logistics solutions for the HME, home infusion and specialty pharmacy market. Under the VirtueTechnologies umbrella, VirtueScript is the electronic logistics solution module for WellSky, which dominates the home infusion market with brands like CPR+ and CareTend. We saw opportunities to leverage our knowledge and talent to develop to a broader market need.
Q: What are the most important lessons you’ve learned along your entrepreneurial journey?
Ameer: Make sure you are thorough in everything you do, in every aspect of your professional career. Keep your eyes open for opportunity. Ask for advice and guidance, do your homework and take calculated risks early. Even if it’s a little later in life, have a plan that gives you the best probability for the desired outcome.
Q: What inspires you professionally and personally?
Ameer: It is to make a difference by doing good. That can be building game-changing software that aids in delivering more efficient services that impacts patients and pharmacies in a positive way, or personally by being a good partner, father and friend to my circle.
Q: What has been the biggest challenge for you as an entrepreneur and business owner since the pandemic’s onset?
Ameer: Not being able to be social in person to foster culture has been a challenge. However, because of technology, we are able to accomplish everything we have set out during COVID. Our team is able to work completely from home by replacing ordering and home deliveries from a paper-driven process to an electronic format. It has moved up pharmacy understanding and adoption of these solutions by years. Electronic ordering and contactless deliveries are here to stay.
Q: What is your message to fellow pharmacy alumni about staying engaged and supporting the college, and what does it mean to be part of the Gamecock family?
Ameer: Get involved. Networking not only with your peers, but great ideas, inspiration come in all kinds of packages. You will get as much if not more out of your interaction with our professional future. I am garnet and black proud. Being a Gamecock is being part of a family with common professional roots.