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Tammy Cooper: Turning Technologent Into an IT Giant

CEO, CFO helps push revenue to $565M

Tammy Cooper has built up Technologent into one of Orange County’s biggest IT firms with annual revenue topping $550 million and a company culture to match.

Cooper, the CEO, CFO and chairman of the Irvine-based IT solutions intergrator, has cut turnover rates at the firm by 50% during her tenure, which has also seen year-over-year revenue growth of 25% in recent years.

“We have created such a collaborative culture that people who recognize what we do in the workforce are drawn to us,” Cooper told the Business Journal. “We get many, many, many résumés. We’re picky.”

The two-decade-old Technologent is “a global provider of edge-to-edge information technology solutions and services for Fortune 1000 companies.” It helps clients outpace the new digital economy by creating IT environments that are “agile, flexible, efficient, transparent and secure,” using a variety of hybrid infrastructure, automation, security and data management products.

Age ranges for workers are also diverse—it spans from individuals in their 20s to their 80s.
Cooper, who joined Technologent in 2004, has grown the company from its startup size of 20 to more than 250 today.

Cooper became CEO and CFO simultaneously in 2020.

She was one of the honorees at the Business Journal’s 28th annual Women in Business Awards on Oct. 20 at the Irvine Marriott.

Strategic, Legal

Cooper handles strategic planning, legal, accounting, human resources, payroll benefits and governance at Technologent, which counts 14 offices worldwide. Its locations include New York, Austin, Miami, Bristol in the U.K. and the Indian city of Ahmedabad, in addition to Irvine.

Cooper paved her own path to get where she is today.

“I did not have a mentor,” she said. “You have to climb up the chain yourself.”

She wants to make that climb easier for future generations and has established a mentor program at Technologent which has attracted younger colleagues.

Though she didn’t have a mentor, she now has those who show support, including company founder Tom Gallaway who “believes in my abilities.”

Gallaway established Technologent as a Sun Microsystems reseller, selling $9 million its first year with a single sales representative.

Technologent is now in its 20th year of business.

Doing it All

Cooper raised six children all “while climbing the corporate ladder.”

“I have always worked,” Cooper said.

She also forged her own path locally—she holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting from Cleveland State University and later moved to Orange County.

“I had to find my own resources once I got here,” she said.

At Technologent, Cooper worked closely with the prior CEO to grow the company during the great financial recession of 2008 by diversifying its product portfolio.

Other strategies implemented by Cooper include an expansion of business lines such as security, cloud, data center, managed services and gaming, which resulted in key hires and acquisitions.

Technologent says it is a women-owned business certified by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council.

“We recognize that diversity is the foundation of innovation and are proud to be a technology company where women represent 40% of our team,” according to the company’s website.

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Kevin Costelloe
Kevin Costelloe
Tech reporter at Orange County Business Journal
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