Michael Hurst has accepted the position of Chief Operating Officer (COO) of American Business Development Group (ABDG), effective immediately. Mr. Hurst will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of ABDG, as well as the formation and execution of the annual Strategic Plan, budget, and business development.

Mr. Hurst joined ABDG in 2006 to stand up and manage the highly successful Defense Automotive Group in Michigan. In 2009, he relocated to the metro DC area to join the ABDG corporate staff as Vice President of Military Programs, where he assumed the added responsibilities of new business initiatives and improving ABDG’s internal business processes. He will also direct the expansion and management of additional ABDG offices to be announced later this year.

Mr. Hurst came to ABDG from the commercial automotive market. His experience is a blend of experience in both defense and private industry. Before joining ABDG, Mr. Hurst held senior positions in automotive related companies, including sales and marketing and account and program management. He also served as a commissioned Army officer at the Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command in the Program Manager, Tactical Wheeled Vehicle office. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering and a Master’s in Business Administration.

ABDG’s President and CEO, Bill Skipper said, “Mike Hurst has been a significant factor in ABDG’s success since he joined the team five years ago. Mike has managed our largest client efforts, run our most successful business unit, and for the past two years, worked with me to streamline our business practices. As this business becomes larger and more complex, and as the market continues to evolve, I’m confident that Mike has the vision and experience to help ABDG successfully manage all of our current and future challenges and opportunities.”

American Business Development Group, headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, is an internationally respected, full-spectrum business development consulting firm. The company now represents a diverse list of over fifty prominent U.S. and international clients. ABDG enjoys a reputation as one of the largest business development firms in the United States specializing in the re-equipping and modernization of the U.S. Military.