Tam Nguyen `05

Dr. Tam Nguyen is a proud Titan who serves as the President and Owner of Advance Beauty College based in Garden Grove, California and President of the Vietnamese American Chamber of Commerce of Orange County. Dr. Nguyen was born in Vietnam and raised in Walnut, California. Tam earned a BS in Biological Sciences and a Minor in Business Management from UC Irvine in 1995. He also completed his MD in 2000 from the American University of the Caribbean, and went on to obtain his MBA at Cal State Fullerton in 2005.

Featured in July 2011 on CNN as President of Advance Beauty College, Dr. Nguyen oversees his growing family business in Garden Grove, California. The accredited beauty college continuously has one of the largest manicuring programs in the nation. As a recognized industry leader, Tam was elected to serve on the American Association of Cosmetology Schools Board of Directors representing over 1,000 institutions nationally.

Dr. Nguyen is very active in the community and serves on the Board for numerous non-profit organizations. He is the current Chair of the St. Anselm's Cross Cultural Community Center, which provides services to the immigrant communities. Tam is also a Board Member for the Project Vietnam Foundation, a volunteer medical missionary group that serves poor rural villages in Vietnam.

Dr. Nguyen remains involved at Cal State Fullerton. He is the Immediate Past President of the Alumni Association and founding President of the Vietnamese American MBA alumni chapter. He is Consultant to the Dean of University Extended Education and advises locally and internationally. He serves on the Advisory Board for the Small Business Development Center and the Leadership Council for the College of Education. For the last several years he has enjoyed participating in the "Professor for a Day" program, Executive Council Mentoring program, and serving as a panelist for the Asian American and Pacific Islander Leadership Institute.

In addition to CNN, he has been interviewed or featured on NBC, AOL, Chicago Tribune, LA Times, OC Register, Orange County Business Journal, Channel 3 Garden Grove, Channel 18 KSCI, Titan Magazine, Fountain Valley Living Magazine, Garden Grove Journal, Westminster Journal, and also most of the Vietnamese press, radio and TV.

Tam received the California Small Business of the Year in June 2011 and the Garden Grove Chamber of Commerce’s Community Leader award in March 2011. He has also been awarded California State Senator Lou Correa's "Emerging Leader Award" and Asian Business Association Orange County's Jubilee Community Leader Award in 2009.

Dr. Nguyen and his wife, a pharmacist, reside in Fountain Valley with their two sons. They enjoy traveling and volunteering in the community.

For more information contact Amanda Leon at: (657) 278-7918.

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