Alexandra Arrivillaga is the Founder and CEO of Owl Management Consulting in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. Alexandra is a management analyst and a strategist and brings years of experience as the Founder and CEO of a successful Telecommunications company to her role at Owl Management Consulting.
Owl Management Consulting focuses on strategy and diversity consulting. In 2016, Alexandra Arrivillaga opened a second consultant company named Proplex 5, LLC. Within that same year, Alexandra created a software company – Social Biz, LLC.
Since Alexandra was a child, she knew that education was an important tool in personal and professional development. Because of this, Alexandra has actively pursued higher education throughout her adult life. In 2005, Alexandra Arrivillaga received her Bachelor’s of Science from Lesley University in Cambridge (MA) where she majored in Business Management. Immediately following this, she earned her Master’s in Management from Cambridge University while maintaining a full-time job and full-time student status. Since then, Alexandra Arrivillaga has completed coursework at Concord Law School (CA). in 2018, Alexandra received her PhD in Business in Organizational Behavior at North Central University in Minneapolis (MN). Alexandra plans to continue her legal studies in Boston (MA). Alexandra lives in the greater Boston area.
Business and Politics in Her Blood
Alexandra Arrivillaga was born in Barranquilla, Colombia and raised in Boston. She is a first-generation immigrant along with her grandparents. Alexandra is a Bostonian to the core though she proudly embraces her traditional Latin heritage. The entrepreneurial spirit runs through Alexandra’s veins, and she was born with a preternatural knack for business. She comes from the traditional De Castro family of Barranquilla, Colombia. Alexandra’s great grandfather, Diego A. De Castro, was the first governor of Barranquilla, Colombia, and his statue stands to this day.
Business ownership was all around Alexandra during childhood, and she loved watching how her family members would solve problems and get such gratification out of their hard work. So perhaps the seed of her first business was planted long before she came up with the idea for Lock it Up, LLC in 2007.
Lock It Up, LLC
After Alexandra completed her Master’s in Management, she became very interested in learning more about self-starting entrepreneurs. She found that the common thread in a lot of these cases that she read about was that these entrepreneurs were described as noticing a need in their immediate surroundings (either at work or at home), then coming up with solutions accordingly. Lock it Up, LLC, was an idea that Alexandra Arrivillaga developed out of her basement. She lived near the entrance to her building, and the noise generated from opening the gate, unlocking the chain and the metal door slamming behind anyone who entered was at times deafening. This observation quickly grew into a business plan for creative and quieter solutions to security systems.
In addition to creating quiet security systems, Alexandra looked for untapped markets, in this case mom and pop shops in neighborhoods that were often overlooked by larger security companies. This helped get Alexandra’s foot in the door and pretty soon she was drafting deals with Fortune 500 companies like Wal-Mart and Pandora. As the business grew, Alexandra made sure that certain core qualities stayed the same, though. Alexandra only hired people that she trusted both as individuals and as workers; she demanded that subcontractors work cleanly and efficiently cleaning up after their jobs, and that she treat workers equitably by guaranteeing a certain amount of work. The practical, yet imaginative, conduct of Alexandra Arrivillaga backed by the high caliber quality of service from Lock it Up, LLC, captured a loyal and vocal client base that encouraged a constant increase in contracts. Alexandra credits referrals as one of the company’s biggest sources of new business. In 2015, Alexandra sold Lock it Up, LLC, for an undisclosed amount so she could commit all of her attention to developing her new venture, Owl Management Consulting.
Activism & Travel
Alexandra Arrivillaga is an activist for women and human rights in her community. She enjoys meeting new people, traveling and volunteering. Alexandra has visited over 50 countries, and can’t wait to see more. However, one of the most meaningful trips that she’s ever taken was to Colombia.