My name is Angelo Rodriguez, and I am a husband, father of 3 (2 boys, 1 girl – ages 8, 3, and 1), entrepreneur and Senior Manager at Verizon in Southern California. I have lived in 5 states in the last 10 years (Pennsylvania, Florida, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and California). When I am not working (which is rare), I love spending time with my family, watching UFC, playing video games, and working on art. I am passionate about businesses, and more specifically, technology startups focused on Internet of Things.
Spending the majority of my early years in the rough side of Harrisbug, PA–the tiny capital of Pennsylvania that mirrors the conditions of many former industrial towns like Cleveland or Detroit–certainly went a long way in shaping the man I grew to be. I grew up in the culturally diverse, poor, crime-riddled neighborhood of Allison Hill. My parents were middle class but stayed in the neighborhood to be close to family, and growing up in that environment taught me at an early age to be tough and to never back down. That mindset served me well when I started my career, and is the primary reason for the success I have experienced thus far.
I was the second oldest of 5 kids and the oldest son. My family has always been very close, which is likely a product of our cultural background (my father is Puerto Rican). To this day my siblings are incredibly close and carry the “us against the world” mentality that is common where I am from.
When I was 18, I moved to Florida to follow my dream to work in visual effects. I majored in Computer Animation at Full Sail University, but soon realized that as jobs in the field were being exported, that a career in that field might not be lucrative enough to pay the bills. I met my wife in Florida and my beautiful step-son. After we got married we moved to New England, where I started working in Verizon Wireless’ business to business sales team in downtown Boston. While in Boston, I also started studying Business Administration at Harvard University’s extension school.
Since then, we’ve moved to California where I managed the Los Angeles and Riverside markets for Verizon Wireless’ business group. My job focuses on managing a team of account managers to drive growth in the SoCal business market, with a special emphasis on Internet of Things technology and segment growth. I am completing my final year at Harvard, and I am looking forward to pursuing new ventures and potentially continuing on to graduate school.