Andy had already enjoyed extensive business success when he first got into the hospitality industry – and its appeal only grew as he came to understand it. "It was the people side of the business that attracted me, helping in an industry that was historically a dead-end for employees – where most workers just had jobs, never careers," he says. Andy's focus at Aurify has been both corporate and store-level: He manages operations and personnel, builds corporate infrastructure, and designs short- and long-term investment strategies. He also oversees brand marketing and community relations activities.
Prior to co-founding Aurify Brands, Andy founded his own investment group, AMT Partners; was a Managing Director and Entrepreneur-In-Residence of Idealab! New York; founded and then sold VenCatalyst, Inc., the East Coast region’s first for-profit idea accelerator; founded Logex International LLC, one of the East Coast region’s first pure-play electronic commerce solutions providers (and, after its acquisition by AppNet, helped guide that company through its 1998 IPO); and served as Senior VP of Operations at The Olympus Group, Inc.
Andy currently serves on the Board of Directors for Urban Arts Partnership, which feeds his passion for both the arts and education, and Lungevity, which funds research to improve early detection for lung cancer. Andy graduated from Vanderbilt University with a B.A. in Political Science in 1993.