Amy Stuart

Occupation:  VP of Professional Services Delivery, GTSI

First Car:  1982 Cadillac Cimarron - which sounds impressive but it was basically a Chevy Cavalier with a nice hood ornament.

Favorite Restaurant:  Thep Phanom, Thai Restaurant - San Francisco, CA

What are three things most people don't know about you?

1.I once held a Ham Radio license
2. I love English Bulldogs 
3. I started playing piano at age 5

What's been your greatest adventure in life?

Being a mother - I have two beautiful young boys that keep me very busy and challenge me every moment of every day.

What's your best childhood memory?

Fishing with my mom and dad when I was 4 and catching a catfish that was bigger than me!

If you could have a conversation with a person of your choice, past, present or future, who would that person be and why?

Abigail Adams - I would love to hear from her first hand about the challenges she faced as a women raising a family during the American Revolution and a wife to one of the most influential Founding Fathers of the United States.

What's the hardest thing you've ever done in your life

I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes and Thyroid cancer in the same year.

Tell us about your favorite hobby.

Household “do-it-yourself” projects - I love Home Depot more than my husband.

What are you currently reading? What is your favorite book?

Unfortunately I’m not reading anything at the moment but children’s books - of those, my favorites are the Magic Tree House series and Stop that Pickle!

Is there a particular place or thing you want to see?

I want to visit Egypt and see the pyramids.

If you could give $10,000 to a charity, what would that charity be and why?

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) - I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes 2 years ago.  This is not typically an adult disease but in rare cases, me being one of them, I had late onset of this disease.  I know first-hand how scary it is and how crippling it can be and I can’t imagine having this disease as a child and having to cope with all the complications and daily rituals that are required.  I would do anything to help find a cure.

If you weren't on the professional services career track, what would you be doing?

I’d be doing research to help find a cure for Type 1 Diabetes.

What is the path that led you to Professional Services/Consulting?

I’ve always loved network engineering, I have a passion for fixing things and I get bored doing the same thing for any length of time.  I need a constant influx of new problems and challenges and Professional Services was the perfect fit.

What advice would you give to a recent graduate who just took a job in professional services?

Understand that making mistakes are a part of the process.  A graduate must understand that they will make mistakes - big ones, but they shouldn’t give up just because they screw a few things up.  Admit your mistakes, learn from them, correct them and teach others about them.