Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin today announced the appointment of Richmond Technology Executive Jay Atkinson to a two-year term on the Virginia Small Business Commission.
Atkinson is owner and CEO of AIS Network, a 29-year-old provider of managed services for IT, cloud, cybersecurity and application development. For the second year in a row, AISN has been named to the Inc. 5000 list of the nation’s fastest growing private companies.
“Governor Youngkin is committed to building strong councils and commissions to effectively serve the Commonwealth,” Atkinson said.
“As a native Virginian, serving in this new role is both an honor and a privilege after decades of working in and with small businesses in Virginia. I look forward to helping Governor Youngkin strengthen small businesses here in the Commonwealth as he and First Lady Suzanne Youngkin also work to strengthen “the spirit of Virginia.”
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AISN is a Virginia SWaM certified company with staff located in the central, northern and southwestern regions of Virginia. Under Atkinson’s leadership, the company intentionally charted a course to grow and create jobs in Virginia, hire a diverse workforce, and add to the tax base by expanding the company’s services in Virginia.
A former banker, Atkinson’s passion is to drive growth and innovation. Early in his career, he held financial and operational management positions in various sectors. Later, as managing partner of a strategic management consulting firm, he advised commercial sector companies on numerous growth and operational issues, including physical and cyber security, risk assessment and crisis management. An expert in strategic repositioning, Atkinson has also led the successful turnaround of many struggling companies.
With an MBA from Virginia Tech, Atkinson was previously a finalist for Virginia Business CFO of the Year. He was also active in the northern Virginia and Richmond communities in which he lived, including his church, civics, and Virginia’s business and technology communities. He sits on the board of RVATech and is a 2019 graduate of Lead Virginia.
Pursuant to Chapter 22 of the Virginia Code, the Small Business Commission exists to study, report, and make recommendations on matters of concern to small businesses in the Commonwealth. It is made up of private citizens and members of the Virginia Senate and Virginia House of Delegates.
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