Employee Spotlight – Angie Rowe

This month we put the spotlight on Senior Data and Business Analyst Angie Rowe. Angie spends her workdays improving the way CU Engage reviews offer pricing. This helps ensure our clients are getting the most out of their projects. Angie is approaching her 1-year anniversary with us, having joined the team after a former colleague suggested she look into CU Engage. Now that she is part of the team, Angie says that she really enjoys the people here, and appreciates the personalities, dedication and intelligence of her co-workers – and they think just as highly of her!

Before joining CU Engage, Angie went to undergraduate at the University of California San Diego, and went on to earn her MBA from Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. She leaped into the industry, acting as Director of Project Management and Senior Vice President of Credit Strategy for a regional bank before getting into the consulting side of things with both the financial services and FinTech industries.Angie Rowe

Angie’s industry experience isn’t the only thing that sets her apart from the crowd. She is also well traveled! In fact, Angie has lived in California (her hometown is Santa Clarita Valley, south of Los Angeles and she used to tell people that she lived at Magic Mountain), Hawaii, and France.  Currently though, she is in Texas.  She says her children are very confused!  They ask: “Am I Hawaiian?  Am I French?  Am I a Californian?  I am definitely NOT Texan?”  (Give them a few years… they will become Texan too!) Outside the office, Angie loves to spend time with her family, read, take long walks and spend as much time as needed on a puzzle. “Once it is started, I have late nights until it is done.  So ‘why do you even start,’ my children will ask.”

While not a puzzle she had to work on late into the night, this Q&A was great fun and we enjoyed learning a little more about Angie than we see each day and hope you do too!

 

Q & A with Angie

Q: Is the glass half empty or half full?                                                                                                      A: Half full….most of the time.

Q: What inspires you?                                                                                                                                A: Life!

Q: What is your favorite holiday?                                                                                                             A: Christmas, Christmas and more Christmas.

Q: What would you do if you won the lottery?                                                                                      A: Not much different from what I do today…I would continue to work…I would invest in a few properties.

Q: What is your guilty pleasure?                                                                                                               A: Chocolate.

Q: What is your definition of success?                                                                                                     A: My definition of success is that those people that interact with me leave with a positive impression.  That, and not having to worry about money.  I love that my daughter asked to rent a boat for her birthday and I just said yes, not, hmm…. that’s expensive).

Q: Best vacation you’ve taken?                                                                                                                  A: I have traveled a lot.  The best vacation is the next one.

Q: Are you messy or organized?                                                                                                                A: Messy.

Q: Do you have an office nickname?                                                                                                        A: Nope.  Angie is my nickname…my legal name is Angelique.

Q: What book did you read last?                                                                                                               A: Rain of Gold by Victor Villasenor.

Q: What is an ability you wish you had?                                                                                                  A: To freeze time, whether it is that I am late to a party, need more time to get a project done, want to keep my children younger longer or just sleep in.

Q: What is on your bucket list?                                                                                                                 A: To travel to New Zealand and Australia.

Q: What was your favorite book, toy, or outfit as a child?                                                                    A: Not from when I was young…but my favorite children’s book is Dr. Seuss’ “Oh the Places You’ll Go.”

Q: When was the last time you laughed so hard you cried?                                                               A: It is always the crazy things that my children say or do that make me laugh.  For example, my youngest put a sign on her forehead saying “DUM” and didn’t even realize that it was misspelled.

Q: When are you are happiest?                                                                                                                A: When I have plans but choose to stay home instead.

Q: What is your favorite thing or place in the city you live in?                                                                A: A view from Lake Travis at sunset.

Q: Weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?                                                                                                    A: Beetles in South Korea or Fresh sushi at 5am at the docks in Tokyo (is there such a thing as “too fresh”).

Q: What was your first concert?                                                                                                                  A: This is dating me: REM.

Q: What does true leadership mean to you?                                                                                            A: Leading by Example.  I like to work for Leaders that Do, not leaders that Talk.

Q: Top three life highlights:                                                                                                                        A: Living in Hawaii, Living in France, Finding my husband.

Q: What advice would you give to new hires?                                                                                        A: Enjoy the first month while you can.  We are always so eager to make an impact on our second day…enjoy the calm and welcome.

Q: When you have 30 minutes of free time, what are you doing?                                                       A: Nothing.  Literally, nothing.

Q: What is the coolest or most important trend you see today?                                                         A: Women’s equality in the workplace.  (I love working for a company with SOOOO many women.)

Q: What chore do you hate?                                                                                                                     A: Mopping the floors.  It must be the floors as it never seems to happen.

Q: If you were the newest crayon in the box, what color would you be and why?                          A: Green.  And I would be a multi-shade of green. Imagine a green crayon that had many different shades of green.   I like green, it is the color of nature.

Q: What is your favorite 90’s jam?                                                                                                           A: Phil Collins is my favorite male performer.  Favorite 90’s Jam….don’t know.

Q: Have you ever met anyone famous?                                                                                                   A: I lived in L.A., so yes, many times.  Most classic was when I was in high school at the Hard Rock Café and spent the evening with Rob Lowe, Chad Lowe and their father.

Q: What is on the radio in your car?                                                                                                        A: NPR.  It drives my daughters CRAZY!

Q: Best advice you’ve ever been given?                                                                                                  A: With regards to work…never take less than 2 weeks off.  If you take only one week, you work hard before you leave, and everything waits for you to get back.  If you take 2 weeks (or longer), they learn to deal without you…and you come back to less work.