Although he is originally from Pittsburgh, Andy Gmitter started his career as an AmeriCorps*VISTA at a nascent community health organization in Spartanburg, SC. There, he helped to develop the agency’s foundation before spending a year as VISTA Leader at United Way of the Piedmont. After leaving Spartanburg, he became Director of Training and Customer Success and then Head of Product, Get Connected for Galaxy Digital, a local web-development company. A thinker by nature and nurture, Andy is constantly developing new strategies to make his customers successful as they use Galaxy Digital's technology to recruit volunteers and generate community impact. He has been a member of Highlands Circle since he moved to Asheville, and is determined to give his peers every opportunity to focus on Education, Income, and Health in Asheville and Buncombe County.
What is the last movie you watched? The Giver. It asks some important questions, and I certainly think it was worth the watch.
What is the last song you listened to? "Apology Song" by the Decemberists.
What is your biggest accomplishment? I was recently selected for 40 Under Forty by the Asheville Chamber, and I’m very proud to have been selected.
If you could give one piece of advice to a large group of people, what would it be? I like encouraging people to live someplace other than their hometown for at least a little while in their lives. Maybe I only think it’s a good idea because I’ve lived in a few places (Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Spartanburg, Asheville), but I don’t know how else I’d have been able to gain the appreciation for cultural difference that I have now.
Why do you LIVE UNITED? I’ve seen poverty first hand, and I know that it often takes a little help from the community to overcome the barriers that face the poor. By uniting my donations, voice, and volunteer time with others, I’m able to make an even bigger impact in the lives of my neighbors than if I acted alone.
Why did you get involved with Highlands Circle? I got involved with Highland Circle because I believe in the mission of United Way, and I wanted to come together with my peers to make sure that others were learning about the needs in the community and the work that our nonprofits are doing.
What is your favorite quote or motto? Make plans so that, when the time comes, you know what to change.
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