3rd Quarter Meeting, 2019 (Nonprofits and Charitable Giving)
Date: Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Time: 11:30am - 1:00pm
Location: Bryant Bank, Community Room, 320 Pelham Ave SW
Speaker: Stuart Obermann, Entrepreneur and Nonprofit Leader
Stuart Obermann, Entrepreneur and Nonprofit Leader
Stuart began his career as an engineer working in aerospace at McDonnell Douglas in his hometown of St. Louis. He moved to Huntsville, AL in 1983 to start a career in software engineering, taking a software development position at Intergraph Corporation. He left Intergraph in 1990 to co-founded an engineering design software start-up company, which was acquired by Intergraph in 1992. He joined the emerging Internet industry in 1997 as CEO of REVNET, an email marketing start-up. REVNET was acquired in 1999 by MessageMedia, a public company out of Boulder, CO, where he served as VP and General Manager. He later joined financial technology provider Mobular in Huntsville as CEO and Chairman, and served in that role from 2000-2005.
He first got involved in nonprofit work in the early 2000’s as a volunteer, and founded the ALS Association Alabama Chapter after his son was diagnosed with ALS at age 20. He served as Chairman of the Chapter for 10 years and now serves on the national Board of the ALS Association.
Stuart utilized his unusual background spanning both the for-profit and non-profit sectors and became the CEO of the Community Foundation of Greater Huntsville until July of 2019. While he was with the foundation he worked with dozens of individuals, families and corporate officers to develop unique solutions for their charitable giving objectives. The Community Foundation focuses on nonprofit capacity building through grantmaking and presenting NonProfit University (NPU), an annual comprehensive professional development conference. They convene funders, community leaders and nonprofit agencies to identify and tackle challenging problems affecting the community through collective impact programs.
Stuart is a graduate of Leadership Huntsville Class 26 and a member of Leadership Alabama Class XXIX. He serves on the Advisory Board for Ditto Landing in south Huntsville.
Stuart has degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology and Purdue University. He and his wife Marcia have a daughter, son-in-law, and grandson who all live in Huntsville.