Tessa Opalka is a 2016 MSU graduate with 5 years of sales experience working for Altria Group Distribution Company (AGDC). Altria, the parent company of AGDC, is the nation's largest tobacco manufacturer. AGDC provides distribution and sales services to support Altria's products and brands at retail. In her current role as an Account Manager, Tessa works with 8 mid-size accounts in the state of Michigan to optimize their performance through available programs and resources.
While at MSU, Tessa had a variety of experiences that broadened her perspectives and prepared her for life after college. She worked at MSU's International Business Center supporting the Michigan Export Growth Program (MEGP) for all 4 years and also held several leadership roles in the Native American and Hispanic Business Students' organization on campus. In addition, Tessa participated in four unique study abroad experiences while at MSU, traveling to Europe, China, Cuba, and South Africa.
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In this interview, Jade caught up with Tessa to hear more about her role in AGDC, and how her experiences at MSU have helped her achieve both personal and professional success.