The road to Vida
The story of Vida starts even earlier than its official launch in 1973. Victor Dabah comes from a family that was long rooted in the footwear industry. As a young man of 18, he moved from Panama to the United States to join the military. While he was initially posted to a missile base but without U.S. birth right citizenship, he wasn’t allowed on the actual base! So instead he served as an accountant for the unit. Mr. Dabah recalls, “While I truly believed in the profession and wanted to be an accountant, it soon became clear, I couldn’t look at numbers all day.”
Returning stateside, Mr. Dabah considered various careers, including accounting, and as he says, “I asked the head of a big company in the Empire State Building, what’s the most an accountant can make in your company?”, Evidently the response wasn’t what Mr. Dabah was hoping for, as the accounting field shortly had one less member.