Cary Magazine Movers & Shakers: Zaher El-Assi

Position: President of Merge eClinical; chair of the 2014 Triangle Heart Ball for the American Heart Association

Favorite accomplishments: “I’m proudest of being a husband and father! My proudest professional accomplishment is what we’re doing at Merge eClinical right now: Knowing our software can help the medical community treat and maybe cure disease is an achievement to me that cannot be measured.”

Motivation: “I’m never satisfied with the status quo. I have a constant need to push myself beyond what I can do today and look for ways to work harder, smarter and more efficiently, to do more tomorrow.”

Biggest challenge: “Being a good family man and a good leader for my colleagues. I have two girls, Natalie, 5, and Leena, 3, and another child on the way. I take time on a weekly basis to examine the various categories of life and figure out specifically what will make me feel successful and fulfilled in each. This ritual helps me feel I’m doing everything in my power to address my needs and the needs of those around me.”

Guiding philosophy: “Always look for opportunities to leave the world a better place than you found it. To make a meaningful difference, you not only need to think big, you need to go big.”

Fun fact: “I love music. Currently I have several guitars, a bass, a few drums, a piano, a violin and a harmonica at my home. I can make a less-than-annoying sound on each of them.”

Advice: “Embrace failure. Albert Einstein said, ‘If you’ve never failed, you’ve never tried anything new.’ The key is to learn from your mistakes so you don’t repeat them.”

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