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Tina Angell Takes an Entrepreneurial Leap

With a degree in computer engineering from California State University, Sacramento, Tina Angell began her career at Hewlett-Packard, performing technical marketing in HP’s Internet Printing & Imaging Division. Realizing the doors a UC Davis MBA would open, she enrolled in the Sacramento MBA program, and grew into progressively more responsible marketing positions at HP while she earned her degree in 1999.She continued with the company, spending six years in marketing communications as the worldwide sales tools manager in the ProCurve Networking Division, and then served as a product manager for the Small-Medium Business Networking Segment. 

But then the entrepreneurial bug bit and, with a co-worker, Angell left HP in 2008 to pursue business ownership with a franchise. Today she provides administrative and marketing support to help businesses succeed.

What drives you in your work?

I enjoy being able to use the technical and business knowledge that I gained working for a large corporation and applying that to small businesses. So many small business owners try to do everything themselves, but this really hinders their growth. By outsourcing administrative tasks to our company, they free up valuable time to do the things that only they can do—such as strategic planning, being in front of their customers, making a sale, and so forth. At the end of the day, we can help them be more profitable, and they can do this without the added headaches and costs of hiring employees.

Where is your career headed?

I love being the boss of the company and it truly has been my “second MBA” having to run all aspects of a business. But I also enjoyed working for a large corporation, specifically in marketing and branding. I hope to build my business to a point that I can completely step back and it would be able to run itself. I would then consider using my skills to contribute to a larger company’s marketing department.

How has your UC Davis MBA experience helped shape your success?

My MBA has been a tremendous asset in a number of ways. First, it opened my eyes to the possibility that I could start and run my own company. Management 240 was my favorite course; it gave me the exposure to other aspects of a company that I wasn’t familiar with. And as a GSM alumna, I enjoy a strong network of professionals who I can call on for advice and business partnerships.

What is the most significant thing that’s happened to you since graduating?

I’d have to say taking the leap and leaving a corporate job to start my own company. And in doing that, I’ve benefitted from some great coverage. We’ve been featured on the news on KCRA-3, on the front page of the Sacramento Bee’s Business section, and in the Sacramento Business Journal.

Your favorite GSM memory?

My favorite memories are of working with my “group.” Because we were in the Sacramento part-time MBA program, we established a pretty regular group for many different class projects to make our lives a little easier. I cherish to this day the friendships that I forged during that time.

Anything else you’d to share?

I am married and have two kids ages 13 and 10—the first was born just after I graduated with my MBA.

How do you support and participate in the GSM now?

I am a member of the leadership board of the School’s Business Professionals Networking Group, founded by fellow Sacramento area alumni alums Vinny Catalano and Graham McDougal. We invite all GSM alumni, students, faculty, business partners and staff to to attend our quarterly get-togethers in downtown Sacramento. In addition to networking activities, we often have faculty speakers or industry panels presenting on topics of interest to the business community.