Leadership Team

Ames, Iowa City & Plymouth, Iowa and Minnesota

At PCI Academy, the heart and soul of our company are embodied by our Leadership Team. This group of visionary leaders is dedicated to nurturing an environment of excellence, innovation, and empathy. Through steadfast mentorship, adherence to our Core Beliefs, and a relentless pursuit of positive change, they guide both our team and students on a path of personal and professional development. Embark with us on a transformative journey where growth, empowerment, and leadership converge. Our company is anchored by these Core Beliefs:

  • Our Students are our #1 Guest
  • Bettering our Best
  • Passing it along
  • Team Culture
  • Living in the Top 20

Angie Torgeson stands as a luminary in the beauty and wellness industry, her name synonymous with leadership, innovation, and a deep-rooted passion for nurturing growth. As a key member of the PCI Leadership Team and a proud graduate of the Ames Cosmetology Program, Angie has dedicated over 40 years to the field as a stylist, 23 of those as a visionary owner, and more than 20 years consulting for schools and Salon Companies across the US and Canada. Her journey from working "behind the chair" to leading and then owning, before moving on to consulting, paints a picture of a relentless pursuit of excellence and an unwavering commitment to leadership in beauty and wellness.

Angie’s approach to leadership is unique—she believes in growing people from wherever they are, a philosophy that stems from her own commitment to continuous personal and professional development. Her conviction that one cannot lead others further than they have gone themselves has fueled her lifelong journey of learning and self-improvement.

Outside of her professional endeavors, Angie finds joy and relaxation in spending time with family and friends, engaging in archery, exploring woodworking, and indulging in decorating. These interests reflect her multifaceted personality and her belief in the importance of balance and well-being.

At the core of Angie’s work is a commitment to ensuring that every learner at PCI Academy has the chance to build a better life for themselves. She emphasizes the importance of not just skill development, but also personal growth, ensuring that students are prepared to build the business they dream of and become well-rounded individuals in the process. Her efforts to make every guest feel valued and uplifted after their time with PCI Academy further underscore her holistic approach to beauty and wellness.

Angie’s pivotal role in integrating the pioneering strategies of Randy Kunkel and the Summit Salon Business Center into PCI Academy and Finesse Spa Salon marks a significant milestone in her career and the industry at large. She was instrumental in making PCI Academy the first Beauty Academy to adopt these business strategies, thereby shaping the curriculum and teaching methods to prepare students for real-world success.

Her legacy includes mentoring and cultivating a generation of leaders within Finesse Spa Salon and beyond, demonstrating her exceptional ability to inspire, coach, and develop future leaders in the beauty industry. Angie's influence extends far beyond the walls of PCI Academy and Finesse; through her consulting work with the Summit Salon Business Center, she has left an indelible mark on Salons, Spa Companies, and Academies throughout North America.

Angie Torgeson's profound impact on the beauty and wellness industry, combined with her commitment to personal growth and leadership development, makes her an inspiring figure for future students of Cosmetology, Esthetics, and Massage Therapy, as well as prospective employees. Her life’s work is a testament to the power of visionary leadership and the transformative impact it can have on individuals and communities alike. Angie continues to mentor, coach, and enrich the lives of those around her, embodying the very essence of leadership in beauty and wellness.

Eager to start a transformative journey? Whether you're looking to become part of our vibrant team or launch your career in the beauty industry, PCI Academy is here to embrace your aspirations. Click here to discover career openings and apply, or click here to initiate your enrollment journey. Be part of our mission to redefine beauty education and feel the unique impact of PCI Academy from day one!