Contractor Spotlight: Aaron Puritz

Aaron and his lovely wife, Kathryn
Aaron and his son, Zach

Aaron’s 25 year career as a Digital Creative and Strategy lead has led him all over the country. From New Jersey to San Francisco, to Portland Oregon, and finally to Richmond, Virginia, he has experienced nearly every perspective of interactive development. Before joining Astyra in 2015, Aaron worked for 8 years as the in-house interactive creative director at CarMax, helping to grow their dynamic team and develop their current online and in-store digital strategy.

Aaron currently works for the Commonwealth of Virginia in the Office of the Governor. His role is to maintain consistent communication for the Governor, all 12 secretariats of the executive branch, the communication team, the First Lady and the executive mansion. He enjoys the variety of work, the extreme pace, and(most of all) the integrity and commitment of his clients.

At home, Aaron enjoys spending time with his family, traveling in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and fixing all things: from websites to toasters.

 

Astyra Is Turning 20!

On September 4 2017, Astyra Corporation will celebrate 20 years in business! 
 
We are planning several events to commemorate this monumental accomplishment.
 
Our first event leading up to our 20th Anniversary is scheduled for June 8, 2017.
 
The theme is Carnival and will be held from 4pm onwards.
We will have food and games and are looking forward to having a great time!
 
Some of the games will beheld as a raffle, and the funds raised will be donated to ChildSavers.
Astyra has always been passionate about supporting the community and plans to match all donations received.
 
How much money would you donate for Ken and Sam to participate in a “Pie in the Face” game?

Meet Our Newest Employees Of 2017!

Chris Bennett
James Rives
Chris Bennett joined Astyra as Controller in January 2017 after spending almost nine years with the Greater Richmond Chamber in a variety of roles involving finance, membership services, and event planning. 
 
Graduating from the University of South Carolina in 2002, Chris earned degrees in both Sports & Entertainment Management and Business Administration. 
 
He is married with three sons. In his spare time, he writes for Rotowire.com, covering the NFL, NCAA football, NCAA basketball and Major League Baseball. 
 
Chris says he’s a beer dork, who also enjoys the art of barbecuing meat low and slow.
 
James Rives joined Astyra as Recruiting Assistant in April 2017. 
 
James is a recent graduate of the University of Mary Washington and is beginning his professional career with Astyra! This is his first full-time position, so he’s looking forward to doing his best work and growing as a young professional. 
 
He’s a fan of most video games, namely first-person shooters and RPGs and would like to one day branch into the gaming industry to share his passion for writing with the world.
 

2017 Board Appointments

Sam visits the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research in Danville, VA.

In January, Astyra’s President, Sam Young joined the Sport’s Backers Board of Directors.

In April, Sam joined the Lead Virginia class of 2017. He and 50 other business and community leaders from around the Commonwealth of Virginia will explore the region and grapple with major issues, challenges and opportunities facing the Commonwealth. The group has visited Williamsburg and Danville thus far.