Astyra CEO, Ken Ampy Wins Another Award!

Our CEO, Ken Ampy will be attending the ODU Alumni Honors Dinner this Friday, October 25. He will be presented the Jack Frost Alumni Service Award which “is given for exemplary leadership and significant service to Old Dominion University and to the community.”

Mr. Ampy is a 1990 graduate of ODU who serves on several community service boards including SCHEV, the State Council of Higher Education for Education.

Read more about the event here.

CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference

Astyra CEO Ken Ampy in the CUNA campaign

Our CEO, Ken Ampy attended the Credit Union National Association’s Governmental Affairs Conference (CUNA GAC) in Washington D.C. earlier this week. Board members throughout the nation come to this event to expand their knowledge and discuss current events in the credit union community.

The CUNA GAC also provides attendees the chance to hear from representatives and leaders to reiterate why credit unions are necessary, what challenges they face and how to overcome them.

The event offers different campaigns participants can engage in. Ken was involved in the “Open Your Eyes to a Credit Union” campaign: an effort to raise awareness among the public on the benefits of banking with a credit union.

The CUNA GAC was a great success with over 5,000 attendees which is the biggest turnout to date!

SpeakUp LightUp 2019

Ken and Sam flaking ODU classmate James Brown
Astyra’s founders attended the Cameron K. Gallagher (CKG) Foundation’s SpeakUp LightUp event in January.
This event focuses on the CKG Foundation’s goal of changing the negative view towards mental illnesses. Each ticket purchase helps fund the free mental health services offered to families by the CKG. The tickets came with a white paint suit that each person decorates with bright paint and/or accessories to wear to the event. At the event, attendees celebrate and radiate their positive messages through their outfits.


#MLKDay2019 Logo
Virginia Union University hosted the 41st Annual Community Leadership Breakfast on Friday, January 18th. Our CEO, Ken Ampy, and approximately 700 attendees heard from Governor Northam, Mayor Stoney, Congressman Scott and many more influential speakers.
The presenters challenged listeners to “Make it a Day ON, not a Day Off” in reference to the #MLKDay movement. The #MLKDay movement strives to use the national day of service to empower individuals, strengthen communities and bridge barriers to help create solutions to social problems and pass on the message of Dr. King to future generations.

“One of Astyra’s founding principles focuses on community service and community leadership. We encourage everyone to find an opportunity to be of service to someone else this #MLKDay,” Astyra’s CEO, Ken said.

Ken’s LMR 15 Year Reunion

LMR Class of 2003

Our CEO, Ken Ampy, attended his 15 year Leadership Metro Richmond (LMR) class reunion earlier this month. Classmates gathered to reminisce on how the class shaped each of them into more experienced and prepared leaders. Since attending, each person has served and positively affected a board of their choice, thanks to the training.

Ken served on the reunion committee and was scheduled on the agenda to provide remarks. His comments were recorded and included on LMR’s blog and the most recent newsletter. In this blog post, Ken talks about his career of board services and its ties to LMR.

August 2018 Is The Month Of Giving!

Carmen posing with eggs
Vivia, Melissa, Carmen, Tianna, Ken and Taylor
Jody, Melissa, Tianna, Brenna and Carmen
Carmen at the YMCA Bright Beginnings Program
Cutting bagels, organizing donations and greeting everybody with a smile was the job of six Astyra employees on an early Tuesday morning.
At Shepherd’s Way Relief CenterAstyra helped prepare and serve breakfast to 133 people in need.  Sigmund Collins founded the center in 2012 to provide relief from the afflictions of poverty in the Richmond area.
That morning, the kitchen manager Richard Lepper, showed up at 6:30 to make seven pounds of grits and about 25 dozen eggs. At 8:30 a.m., Astyra volunteers arrived not knowing what to expect but excited to work and help out in the community.
On one side of the kitchen, Carmen handed out hard-boiled eggs while Tianna passed out a variety of bagels. Our CEO, Ken, got an intense arm workout from scooping the crowd’s favorite: cheesy grits drenched in butter.
Just past the serving table, Melissa sweetened everybody’s day by giving them sugar packets for their coffee. Vivia helped flavor the bagels by providing jelly, cream cheese and butter. Lastly, Taylor was in charge of ensuring everybody had the utensils they needed to enjoy their hot meal.
Astyra also had an office drive the month before that led to three large bags of clothes, jewelry, shoes and a box full of canned foods and toiletries being donated to Shepherd’s Way Relief Center.
Later in the month, six Astyra employees participated in another staff volunteering day at Bon Secours’ Evelyn D. Reinhart Guest House.
The Reinhart House is a place for patients’ families to stay as opposed to driving far distances to and from the hospital. As a way to support the families, the lodge allows volunteers to come and cook a meal for the residents.
Astyra has been a long-time volunteer for the Reinhart House, which made it easy to prepare for the day. The Astyra volunteers made vegetable breakfast casserole muffins, home fries, bacon and biscuits.
Melissa multi-tasked between supervising and frying the home fries. Carmen and Jody focused on cutting the onions and tomatoes while Tianna whisked the eggs. Brenna was on bacon duty ensuring they were just the right amount of crispy. Our CEO, Ken, baked the biscuits to a golden brown.
The breakfast turned out to be a hit!

“The breakfast flew out of here – loved by everyone,” said Elisabeth Rigsby, house assistant.

Carmen was a superstar this month!

In addition to attending our volunteering days, she also volunteered with the YMCA’s Bright Beginnings program to take a child back-to-school shopping just like Victor did earlier this month!

“As a 1st time participant in the YMCA Bright Beginnings program, being able to help kids feel good about themselves in school and beyond was rewarding. It reminded me of how incredibly blessed I am, and that encourages me to want to give back even more,” Carmen said.

She plans on helping out with this program again next summer!

Tied To Greatness 2018

Izaiah and Ken
Our CEO, Ken Ampy, joined with the local organization Partnership for the Future for his second time to help provide high school males with a valuable lesson.
The one day event began with Mr. Alex Ellis’ powerful message to “never underestimate the power of your image.” Mr. Ellis has been featured on CNN, Black Enterprise, The 700 Club, BET and the Steve Harvey Morning Show for his influential speaking. He uses his experiences and knowledge to educate others on how to be successful.
Ken participated by speaking with and mentoring his Varina High School protégé, Izaiah, and teaching him how to properly tie a tie. This experience serves as a gateway, leading the high schoolers towards a professional life path.
Partnership for the Future’s focus is to help high school students with limited resources transition from high school to become successful, contributing members of our community.

Executive Education

Ken at one of the CUES sessions
Our CEO, Ken Ampy, was selected to serve as Chairman of the Governance committee for the Virginia Credit Union. 

At $3.6 billion in assets, VACU is the largest State-charted credit union in the Commonwealth.
To prepare for the role, this summer Ken spent a week in Toronto attending the CUES Governance Leadership Institute Program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. Completing the program earned Mr. Ampy the designation of Certified Credit Union Director (CCD).

Out & About in Minneapolis

Overlooking Minneapolis

Astyra founders Ken Ampy and Sam Young traveled to Minneapolis mid-April for an InterCity Visit (ICV) with the ChamberRVA board. Similar to previous visits in recent years to places such as Pittsburgh, Denver and Austin, they found the trip to Minneapolis very engaging and refreshing.

The InterCity Visit allows for leaders from the Richmond region to visit a peer city to hear about great initiatives and generate meaningful dialogue in the hopes of bringing about change in Richmond, VA.

These three-day agenda packed trips have directly resulted in many Richmond initiatives, businesses and programs being implemented. During the trip, attendees expand their knowledge on the chosen city’s community operations and determine if it is possible to mimic some of the ideas in Richmond.

Now on his 10th ICV, Ken chose the innovation track while Sam, on his 8th trip, chose the public housing track.

Astyra’s 20th Birthday Celebration

Astyra celebrated being in business for 20 years on September 9, 2017. A huge thank you to Jackson’s Beer Garden and Smokehouse for their fabulous food and outstanding venue.
The staff was joined by former and current associates, clients, community leaders, and elected officials.
Mayor Levar Stoney was in attendance and remarked to the crowd, “Astyra is Richmond”; eluding to the company’s entire existence in downtown, as well as it’s ongoing community service in the RVA region.
“We’ve been blessed and lucky”, reflected Young.
“I look forward to the next 20”, Ampy added.
The Celebration was the last of a series of events commemorating the milestone that included a state-fair style carnival, Astyra Day at the Diamond, and other outings.
Company founders Ken Ampy and Sam Young mingled with guests and shared stories about their 20-year journey.

Admin Appreciation 2017

Michelle Lindsey attended an Annual Appreciation breakfast hosted by an organization Ken Ampy is affiliated with. The event recognizes Administrative Assistants of prominent executives around Richmond.

The breakfast was held at The Jefferson Hotel, where attendees were treated to a delicious breakfast. Michelle had a great time meeting and networking with the other attendees, and enjoyed listening to a presentation about the latest new and upcoming plans of the organization.

After returning to the office Michelle commented that she learned a lot about projects happening around the region, and she is excited to see the Richmond area grow and thrive!

Tied To Greatness 2017

Founder and CEO, Alex Ellis.
Mentors teaching students how to tie a tie.

Click here to learn more, or to register for an event. 

With his powerful message to men and women alike to “never underestimate the power of your image”, Mr. Ellis has been featured on CNN, Black Enterprise, The 700 Club, BET and the Steve Harvey Morning Show. Astyra executives participated by speaking with and mentoring young men while teaching them how to properly tie a tie.

Partnership for the Future helps motivated high school students with limited resources transition from high school to college and employment, so they can become successful, contributing members of our community.

Executive Of The Year: Ken Ampy

Ken Ampy

Ken Ampy was recently honored with the title of “Executive of the Year” by the Robin’s School of Business at the University of Richmond. Along with the recognition, Ken was given the privilege of being the keynote speaker at the Honors Student’s Convocation on April 21st, 2017.

Click here for a distinguished list of the previous honorees.

Right On Cue Tournament 2017

Astyra's teams

Astyra formed 3 teams to participate in the annual “Right on Cue” tournament, hosted by ChamberRVA in March.

Astyra was the proud sponsor of the trophy.

Pictured above, Sam Young stands with the winners of the pool tournament, ChamberRVA's CEO, Kim Scheeler and the current Chair Ned Masse.

2016 Board Appointments

Astyra staff at the Chamber's Annual Luncheon
Sam Young testing out the BRT routes with the Chamber's President, Kim Scheeler.

Over the summer, Sam Young stepped down after a 1-year term as Chair of the Board for the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce.

During his term, Sam led initiatives, such as the InterCity Visit to Nashville, the Port of Richmond expansion, the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system, and Workforce development for the region.
Sam passed the gavel to Ned Massey of WestRock.
No time was wasted, as Sam found himself immediately at the helm of another local organization. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board for the Metropolitan Business League.
The second half of the company’s founding duo continues to be quite busy in the community involvement arena as well.
Ken Ampy, having concluded a 7-year run on the Science Museum of Virginia Foundation Board, was appointed by Governor McAuiffle to the State Council for Higher Education of Virginia (SCHEV) board for a 4-year term. Ken hopes to bring his experience on the Old Dominion Board of Visitors to bare for all State colleges and universities.
Additionally, Ken joined the Virginia Credit Union Board as an Associate Board member. VACU has become a significant presence in the Virginia financial community topping $3 Billion in assets for the first time earlier this year.
Appointment to SCHEV. Ken Ampy with Secretary of the Commonwealth, Kelly Thomasson.

Prestigious Award For Co-Founder

On May 19, 2016 the Metropolitan Business League held its 25th Annual Awards Dinner and Reception at the John Marshall Ballroom.
Ken Ampy, CEO and co-founder of Astyra Corporation, was named the recipient of the “Oliver Singleton Humanitarian Award”. It is a great honor for Mr. Ampy to be the first recipient of this prestigious award. The criteria for the award includes:
  • Contribute remarkable community & humanitarian service that has made a difference to the well-being of others
  • Go above and beyond the call of duty
  • Have a positive impact on the RVA community
  • Perform this service as a professional and/or volunteer
  • Be a member of the MBL

Immediately after the event, Mr. Ampy tweeted, “so humbled & honored to be the first ever recipient of the @theMBL Oliver Singleton Humanitarian award. #RVA #LoveYaOliver”. 

Rugged Maniac Mud Run

CEO, Ken Ampy participated in his first Rugged Maniac event with his longtime friend and fellow entrepreneur, James Brown.

Ken said that next time he’d love to participate with the entire Astyra team!

Healthcare Staffing Ventures

Ken Ampy and Angela Wilkes at the NAHSE Conference in New Orleans.
2015 was a very important year for Astyra in the healthcare sector. 
DMAS exercised their renewal options for the Behavioral Health Services Administrator Contract with Magellan Health. This means that Astyra’s role as the provider for Customer Service Associates for the Magellan of Virginia Behavioral Health Program will be extended through 2018. 

Astyra continued to develop our relationship with KEPRO, a leading healthcare management company headquartered in Harrisburg, PA, assisting on direct hire placements in Florida and Ohio.
Owners, Ken Ampy and Sam Young spent some time traveling to different states in an effort to learn more about how Astyra can help with the staffing needs of this important industry. 
They attended the NAHSE Conference in New Orleans in October, and traveled to Detroit and Nashville, where they visited local hospitals to see the behind-the-scenes of the hospital system.

Admin Appreciation 2015

Brittany Brown, Executive Assistant to CEO, Ken Ampy, attended an Annual Administration Appreciation Breakfast hosted by an organization Ken is affiliated with.

This year’s event was held at the Jefferson Hotel, where Executive Assistants who attended the breakfast were honored with a box of assorted chocolates accompanied with a single yellow rose.

Brittany was thrilled to attend the event this year, and commented “It’s really nice to feel appreciated and that people other than those whom you work with value what you do.”

InterCity Visit In Nashville

Astyra owners, Sam Young and Ken Ampy, joined the Greater Richmond Chamber for the 23rd Annual InterCity Visit (ICV). This year the group visited Nashville, TN.

Participants of the InterCity Visit learned about the business community’s priorities for a strong education system, attracting and retaining talent, and the entrepreneurial community in Nashville. 

Click here if you would like to learn more about ICV.