In March 2008, Amy Bunton joined Pathway Lending and currently serves as President of the newly created Pathway Women’s Business Center. While at Pathway Lending, Amy created and launched the $50 million Tennessee Energy Efficiency Loan Program and oversaw the execution of the Tennessee Energy Education Initiative which educated more than 2,500 individuals and companies on the benefits of sustainability and energy management practices.
Amy has extensive experience in working with entrepreneurs and has owned several businesses including a furniture manufacturing company whose most recognized piece was the button tufted “Chesterfield” sofa. Many of the distinctively styled pieces can still be seen on movie and television sets today even 20 years later.
Amy was previously at the Tennessee Valley Authority where she oversaw the TVA’s Existing Business and Industry initiatives and Economic Development Loan Funds. She conducted TVA’s efforts with power distributors, communities, and industry to create new jobs and generate capital investment in the Tennessee Valley. Under Amy's leadership, TVA funded more than $100 million in investments to firms and communities throughout the Southeast and helped create more than 200,000 jobs.
Prior to her role with TVA, Amy served as the Assistant Commissioner of Administration and Chief of Staff for the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. She was responsible for managing the daily operations of the department including all federally funded programs such as CDBG and Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). While at ECD, Amy also served as the Director of Existing Industry and through the Manufacturing Means Jobs Initiative, coordinated federal and state agencies to assist Tennessee's manufacturing sector. Amy's team was hailed as the Top Economic Development Group during this tenure.
Amy obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Virginia Wesleyan College and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. She has also served as a logistics analyst for the Department of Defense. Amy has been a board member of the Tennessee Manufacturing Extension Program, the Southern Automotive Women’s Forum, the Tennessee Automotive Manufacturers Association, the Nashville Association of Women Business Owners, Technology 2020, and Pathway Lending. She is the past president of Business Retention and Expansion International, a professional economic development organization committed to the economic development strategy of assisting existing business and industry. In 2013, she was named TN Sustainable Innovator of the Year.