Mihaylo MBA alumnus Tam Nguyen ’05, president of Advance Beauty College, has expanded his family’s enterprise with a new location in Laguna Hills. Nguyen discusses his business, the beauty industry and giving back to Mihaylo College.
“Our goal for Advance Beauty College is to be the premier educational institution for the beauty industry,” Mihaylo MBA alumnus Tam Nguyen ’05 says. “Our vision is to not only provide exceptional education for future professionals but to be an educational resource for current industry professionals and to strive to constantly elevate industry standards.”
Advance Beauty College, a second-generation enterprise started by siblings Tam and Linh Nguyen, has served Garden Grove since 1999. On Sept. 26, 2015, the college debuted a new and expanded location for its Laguna Hills campus. The new facility will offer courses in cosmetology, massage and nail care, as well as providing services to the public.
“It was an honor to join his family, the Orange County business community and CSUF alumni in celebration of this grand opening. Titans supporting Titans – that’s what Susie and I are all about!” Mihaylo alumnus and namesake Steven G. Mihaylo ’69 said following the grand opening of the new Laguna Hills location, which he attended with his wife, Susie, as well as other Mihaylo alumni. “Like many in our Titan family, Tam came from humble beginnings and has soared in business as well as in the communities he serves.”
Over the past 16 years, Advance Beauty College has graduated nearly 40,000 cosmetology students, many of them fellow Vietnamese-Americans, who have gone on to achieve personal entrepreneurial success. Tam says social responsibility is a key component of his business.
“We pride ourselves on impacting our community through extensive outreach projects and community involvement,” he says. “Our goal is to create a new generation of beauty and wellness professionals who are socially conscious and use their skills for a greater purpose. In the first half of 2015 alone, we supported over 17 grassroots organizations and are committed to continuing these efforts in the future.”
Nguyen believes the beauty industry faces a promising future and encourages fellow alumni and Mihaylo students to visit his beauty schools to better understand the opportunities. “The beauty industry is one of passion and creativity,” he says. “It continues to grow while benefitting from the social media boom that puts the industry in the forefront. As fellow Titan alumni, we always welcome students to come visit us at either of our campuses to connect and learn more and see the industry first hand. “
Tam received his MBA in business management from Mihaylo in 2005, while his sister Linh received her undergraduate business degree from the college in 1998 and is currently working on her MBA. They both consider their Mihaylo education paramount to the success in their enterprise.
“We both often refer to our foundation of learning the theory of business at Mihaylo and recognize that this is where our professional networking relationships started,” Tam says. “The value of our education cannot be measured, but one thing we know is that we are prepared to work and prepared to lead.”
Both Tam and Linh continue to be active in Mihaylo College and CSU Fullerton generally. Tam was president of the CSUF Alumni Association in 2010-2011, has been consultant to the CSU Fullerton assistant vice president of International Programs since 2008 and has been on the university’s Philanthropic Foundation Board of Governors since July 2014. He is also a board member for the Executive Business Council. In February, he was honored at the annual Vision& Visionaries event.
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