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Angi Allen, NovaONE Networks

IB’s Professional of the Week is the premier way to meet Dane County’s professionals. This week features Angi Allen, director of marketing & operations, NovaONE Networks.

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1. What are the most challenging and rewarding aspects of your job and why?

Helping others in an advisory and counseling capacity to determine the best technology solutions for their business. Dealing with decisions around voice, fiber, cloud, and internet options can be daunting for anyone, and providing the buffer to understand what their business needs are and how to provide these services optimally and at minimal cost is fulfilling. The reward is seeing the relief on their face when they have a solution that supports their business activity expeditiously and seamlessly, while our advisory ideology saves them hours of research.

2. Who do you look up to or admire in business and why?

I look up to my grandparents for building a business that endures today. They were hard-working people who cared about each other and the community around them. I grew up watching my grandparents treating everyone with respect, dignity, and offering a fair-handshake. They overcame adversity with honor and the drive to do what is right, treating other people the way you wanted to be treated. These are traits I admire and I thank my grandparents for providing this environment. I look at it this way: The people around you and the community you live in are a reflection on you — make it something to be proud of.

3. What has been the high point of your career so far?

Looking back on the many opportunities I have been given and being thankful for all of them, and looking forward to the many opportunities that will still find me. I have learned a great deal in my career path, which started in manufacturing where we built special machines for original equipment manufacturers (OEM). Then I worked in a startup business, which allowed me to wear many hats and do whatever it took to get things done. Most recently I joined NovaONE Networks, which was a new industry to me and proves to be a place to keep me learning. I find being flexible in today’s world keeps you nimble.

In addition to career opportunities, I find the many people I have met along this journey to be fascinating. There are so many exceptional people who I have worked with, worked for, or simply met in passing that have in some way or another had a positive influence on me.

4. Thinking back on your career, what advice would you give your 21-year-old self?

To surround yourself with people you respect and admire, learn as much form them as you can, ask questions, be genuine, be grateful, appreciate your opportunities, and explore with an open mind. On the flip side, be there for others, offer help, engage in your community, find ways to give back, and keep smiling!

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