Director of Business Recruitment
Location: 601 Genome Way, Huntsville, AL 35806
As the director of business recruitment, Amy supports HudsonAlpha’s economic development mission to foster the success of bioscience companies.
HudsonAlpha’s Economic Development mission is driven by the overarching goals of growing the biotech presence on the Institute’s campus and throughout north Alabama; leveraging the HudsonAlpha ecosystem for entrepreneurs, start-up companies and small businesses; creating opportunities for collaboration and for genomic services; and generating economic impact to local, state and regional stakeholders.
Amy joined the Institute in 2016 and recruits biotech entrepreneurs and companies of all sizes and stages to the 152-acre HudsonAlpha campus. She enjoys matching entrepreneurs, startups and growing companies with the lab and office space they require and the tools they need to make it happen. Amy raises global awareness of the opportunities for early stage and small and medium enterprises to grow and thrive, building on the prevailing research and technology areas of the Institute and resident associate companies.
Together with the economic development team, she fosters success for more than 40 companies on the growing biotech campus with programming, networking, business support resources, workforce and scaling in place. Amy’s approach to economic development is through interdisciplinary and team efforts, creative solutions, and long-term relationships and partnerships.
Prior to her work in the bioscience industry, Amy’s career was working in local government, including serving for 5 years as the Director of Planning & Economic Development for the City of Madison, Alabama. In this and similar previous roles, Amy managed all city planning and economic development activities. This included management of the development review process, planning commission, industrial development board, redevelopment board, and historic commission. Amy was instrumental in promoting collaboration amongst elected and appointed city officials in efforts of business retention, retail and industrial attraction, long-range planning, zoning, and overall promotion of economic development in all aspects. Notable efforts included partnership with Madison’s Industrial Development Board on Intergraph’s retention/expansion, and support for businesses such as Matsumoto, Rocket Republic and Old Black Bear. Other key projects were Target, a growth plan and the new Madison Library. Before relocating to north Alabama in 2009, Amy’s early career in Chicagoland private and public sector roles allowed her to work with Illinois communities like Naperville, Winfield, Montgomery, and even her hometown of St. Charles, all of which provided an environment for making good growth happen through great plans.
Her foundation in teamwork and problem-solving began with undergraduate degrees in Architecture and Interdisciplinary Studies from Miami of Ohio followed by graduate studies in architecture and urban and regional planning at University of Illinois.
She serves on the BIO Alabama (vice chair) and Southeast Life Sciences boards of directors, as well as on the District Export Council of Alabama.
Amy’s other roles as a wife to 6th-grade teacher Mr. Sturdivant and mother keep her personal life as exciting as her professional one.
“Recruiting and supporting bioscience companies of all sizes & stages for the 152-acre biotech campus is inspiring since I get to be involved at key decision-making moments for companies developing life-changing, industry-shifting devices, drugs, and technologies.”
B of Environmental Design, B of Phil in Interdisciplinary Studies, Miami University