Although he’s lived in cities around the world and led renowned international companies, Alain Monié, Ingram Micro President and CEO, makes Orange County, Calif. his home. He believes the area has as much to offer as any international city, including diversity, culture and a highly skilled workforce. And, of course, there’s the great weather. We sat down with Alain to talk about what he likes best about living in Orange County and what the area has to offer businesses.
How long has Ingram Micro been in Orange County?
Our roots began in Orange County in July 1997, when Ingram Micro was founded by husband and wife Geza Czige and Lorraine Mecca. Since then, we’ve expanded to all corners of the globe, but have kept our headquarters here.
What makes Orange County an attractive place to do business?
Besides the obvious reasons – great weather, lifestyle and scenery – Orange County is blessed with a skilled and diverse workforce and world-class educational institutions that puts the mind and muscle behind industries such as information technology, manufacturing and hospitality and services.
Why did Ingram Micro decide to establish its headquarters in the area?
Ingram Micro has had its roots firmly planted in Orange County since 1979, when two former teachers started a fledgling computer distribution business. Since then, we’ve grown into a Fortune 75 company with more than $36 billion in revenue – the largest IT distributor in the world, with locations in 16 states in the U.S. and 26 countries around the globe.
What sets OC apart from other cities business-wise?
Orange County, sometimes called “Silicon Valley South,” is a thriving and diverse location with a skilled, innovative and business-savvy workforce. Orange County’s location – just south of Los Angeles, and minutes from both commercial and cargo airports – makes it a great place to grow in virtually any industry and market.
What do you love about living and working in OC?
Where else can one go for an ocean walk in the morning, ski some excellent mountain powder in the afternoon and enjoy fine dining at a local vineyard that same evening? In Orange County, we know how to work hard, but we also know how to stop and smell the orange blossoms! I have lived in four continents and moved 15 times. This is the best weather in the world.
Is there anything you think people would be surprised to know about living or working in OC?
Besides Ingram Micro being Orange County’s largest public company, there is an impressive list of other very successful technology companies. As a result, the workforce in Orange County is highly qualified, diverse and has a tremendous work ethic. They are among the best I have had the privilege to work with.