Featured Member – Adam Koos

Adam HRACO Headshot BigWhen Scott Boles approached Adam Koos and told him of a little group he was co-founding called “Good Excuse to Drink on Thursdays,” Koos didn’t need to hear much more.

He showed up during the earliest incarnation of the group, with only a handful of people making appearances. As his scheduled filled up, Koos was only able to show up a handful of get-togethers throughout the following six years.

Later, Chip Ramsey (that other co-founder) asked Koos to sponsor a Christmas Event at Bar Louie’s, he happily agreed.  When the night of the event arrived, he was stunned to see what a difference time and word of mouth had made.

“The fact the membership had grown so much blew my mind. I’ve been attending the majority of the events, and became a gold sponsor, since,” he said.

Koos is the founder, president, and portfolio manager for Libertas Wealth Management Group, Inc.

“I started my career in 2001, just a few weeks before the World Trade Center attack,” he said. “I’m an Ohio State University and Franklin grad with two Bachelor of Science degrees – one in Finance and the other in Psychology.”

He also has the following securities licenses and designations:

  • Series 7
  • Series 24
  • Series 31
  • Series 63

When it comes to GETDOT, Koos said he doesn’t like the term “networking.”  He knows people attending meetings experience something much more.

“I feel like the word insinuates there will be a bunch of people there trying to get business from you, while no one wants to do business with anyone,” he said. “No other organization I’ve ever been a part of – no other event I’ve ever attended – has done a better job at creating a fun, social atmosphere that isn’t intrusive or annoyingly business-oriented.”

Don’t get him wrong, everyone would certainly enjoy drumming up new business at events.

“However, I go for the great people, great time, and the great cause each month. I attend GETDOT to ‘hang out’,” he said. “When – not if – business ensues, it’s that much more satisfying. I don’t feel like I had to ‘work’ for it.”

His advice to newcomers at GETDOT is to avoid being a “one and done.”  

“Come to a few of them – in a row – and whenever you see someone walking alone or sitting at a table by themselves, walk up to them, extend your hand, introduce yourself, ask what they do, where they’re from, and share a drink and some good conversation,” he said.

“GETDOT was founded/is run by a wonderful group of friendly, kind-hearted people,” he continued. 

“This isn’t an exclusive club, so keep talking to people – and always approach those who have GETDOT nametags on. They’ve been around for a while and can teach you the ropes and introduce you to others.”

After nearly 13 years in business, Koos finally discovered what drives him during this past football season.

“I was sitting on my reclining chair with both my boys in my lap (Karston & Kamden), watching Game Day before the OSU vs. Cal game,” he said. “Mack Brown was getting grilled by a reporter on how horribly his team had been performing, but he was smiling the whole time. Finally, the reporter asked why he was so chipper, considering his struggles. I don’t remember exactly what Mack said, but the message was an epiphany to me.”

“My whole career, after each success, milestone, or piece of national recognition, I always stepped back and would think to myself, ‘Now what?’” he continued.  “It has never been overwhelmingly satisfying to accomplish much of anything,” he shared. “In that moment, I realized it is the struggle that drives me. The struggle, the ‘NOs’ and the intermittent failures are the most fun part of what I do. As Woody always said, “Anything easy ain’t worth a damn.”

Some fun facts about this GETDOT member:

  • “I competed for Ohio State in Taekwondo, placing 1st in Ohio in 1997 and 3rd in the nation at Collegiate Nationals in 1998.”
  • “I play volleyball year-round with my wife and a few friends (including Darin Toki’s distant cousin, Erica Toki – talk about a small world!)”
  • “I have a music studio in my house and when I have the time, enjoy producing and composing original music from the ground up.”
  • “I’ve also attended over 110 home Buckeye games since moving to Columbus in 1996.”

At the next GETDOT meeting, seek out Koos. He wants to meet you, regardless of any potential in doing business together or not.

“We get the most out of life from the people we meet. Kind of hard to make the most of it if you don’t meet any people!” he said.

Chris Alexis
Chris Alexis
Chris Alexis is a writer by nature. By day, he’s a content design specialist at ECOT – Ohio’s first and largest online school. Outside of work, he enjoys volunteering and penning a variety of articles for worthy causes, including GETDOT.