DACA supporter Sanjay Shah has yet to build out his $17 million Trump Tower penthouse

Thursday, 12 October 2017, 06:04:28 PM. Local CEO who bought Trump Tower penthouse supports 'Dreamers'

Sanjay Shah worked for software maker SAP for many years before launching his own software business in 1999, -based Vistex. The privately held company’s annual revenue totals $220 million, according to Shah, who is perhaps better known for his 2014 purchase of the $17 million, 14,000-square-foot penthouse atop the Trump International Hotel and Tower.

Shah, 49, Vistex’s founder and CEO, recently gave $5 million to his business school alma mater, Lehigh University’s College of Business and Economics, with the goal, he said, of helping it better compete with other top business schools. Shah, a naturalized U.S. citizen, also has spoken out in defense of the program, or DACA, in part because a handful of his employees are immigrants living in the country illegally who were brought here as children and rely on DACA protections to remain in the U.S.

The interview has been edited for length and clarity.

Q: Why did you decide to launch Vistex?

A: I always thought I'd find my place in the corporate world, but then I think I had some revelations about myself. You know, sometimes you discover your true passion, and you don't always realize it and recognize it, but something hits you when it does happen. My true passion was developing software.

We provide the technology that helps customers take their products and services to the marketplace. You have your supply chain and your factories and you make stuff, and after you've made that stuff, how do you take it to market? How are you even going to sell it? How are you going to price it? What kind of (software) programs are you going to run? Who are you going to accept (as customers)?

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