We had the good fortune of connecting with Harry Zamora and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Harry, how do you define success?
In my opinion, success is something relative to each individual aspiring to achieve their dreams. An old friend once told me that we had achieved success in our police career. It made me think for a minute, and I said, but we are leaving this job, retiring after thirty years. Success to me is finding a career or job that you enjoy doing and looking forward to working each day no matter what life brings you. You cannot envision yourself without it. If you achieve this place in life no matter how early into the career or job, you have achieved success. Because if you can make a living doing what you enjoy, you are not really working, but living. At that point, you have achieved success. It’s not about how much money you make, but about how much happiness, self worth and enjoyment your job brings you. That to me is success.
What should our readers know about your business?
It’s interesting how life can shape a persons aspirations and dreams. What we experience as a young child can directly impact the career choices we make. We have all had family and friends that we admired growing up and many have directly influenced our lives. As a young man, I was influenced by a police officer that I would deliver newspapers to. He never missed a chance to tell me “you need to trade that bicycle in for a motorcycle, son.” Because of his insistence, I learned to ride motorcycles and I later became a police officer in the Houston Police Department. After two years, I and ended up in the elite Solo Motorcycle Unit escorting dignitaries, movie stars, athletes, entertainers and even the President and Vice President of the United States. I never felt like I worked a day in my life because I loved riding motorcycles and I was getting paid to do something that I would have done for free. To this day, I volunteer my services as a reserve deputy sheriff lieutenant on the Motorcycle Detail. What I learned during my tenure with the veteran motorcycle cops was that you do not have to be just a cop. The majority of them were small business owners. They taught me early on that it was important to have multiple sources of income. I never thought about doing anything other than being a cop but here they were, owning businesses. One of the notable business owners I worked with was Jimmy Kelley of Kelley’s Country Cooking. To this day, you see his restaurants all around Houston. He passed away years ago, but his legacy lives on. Because of their mentorship or guidance, I ended up with a video film production company and subsequently aired a television show on CourTV in 2006 titled “Phenomena Police.” We decided that the multiple sources of income strategy was to continue growth in other areas. Lesli and I started Majestic Sea Holding Company, Inc. which is the parent company of Majestic Sea Burials, Saltwater Stud Apparel and Saltwater Stud Printing. Lesli also owns PME, Inc. as well.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Houston is a great place to visit as there are many great restaurants, shopping centers and places to go for a awesome time. So my friends visiting from New York feel somewhat at home, I would recommendation checking into the Hilton Hotel downtown and dinner at the Spindletop restaurant. Of course another downtown favorite is Zuma. And for the best lunch in Houston, the Turkey Leg Hut is a must. Who doesn’t love a huge turkey leg? No trip would be complete without catching a Texans game at NRG stadium, watching the Astros at Minute Maid Park or the Rockets at the Toyota Center. The Johnson Space Center is always great as is Moody Gardens. A two day offshore fishing trip aboard our boat in Freeport, TX. is never a bad day as the water is crystal clear and blue about 30 miles offshore. We have made some great memories out in the Gulf of Mexico. A day or two of rest and relaxation at our house, poolside with the BBQ pit fired up is a must as well. Lastly, a trip to Houston would not be complete without visiting one of the many malls like the Galleria.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
First and foremost, the loudest Shoutout goes to my wife, Lesli Zamora, who has stood by me through all the difficulties and challenges of business ownership. Without her unwavering support, words of encouragement, selfless sacrifices, and overall drive, we would not be where we are today. It takes a great team doing what everyone loves to be successful in business. After all, life is short and we should live, laugh and have fun doing what we enjoy.
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