About the business:
Astyra has helped meet the needs of companies looking to outsource their IT. The company, which was founded in 1997 by former college roommates Ken Ampy and Sam Young, matches job seekers with employers in the financial, health care, and energy sectors.
Both Ampy and Young worked as IT consultants for several firms after they graduated from Old Dominion University in Virginia. After their experience in the workforce, the two decided to strike out on their own. Over the past five years, Astraya has nearly tripled its workforce. The founders continue to educate themselves about running a business and have participated in management education programs at Dartmouth College (Tuck), the University of Virginia (Darden) and Northwestern University (Kellogg).
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