Ashley grew up in Kettering. After graduating from West Point with a degree in Political Science and spending 8 years in the active duty Army, he and his wife Emily decided to return in 2000 to raise their three children in the community that they had always considered “home”.
A lot has happened since then. Ashley served in many volunteer leadership roles during this period. These roles included work as part of the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Program, serving as an adult Boy Scout leader, and as the Vice Chairman of the Kettering Board of Community Relations. Ashley and Emily have also served in their church where Ashley taught Sunday School and worked with the Middle School Ministry. Ashley is active in Rotary International and participates in Generation Dayton, a program of the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce for young professionals.
Ashley also continued his military service in the Reserve Component after leaving active duty. He is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Ohio National Guard, assigned to the Joint Force Headquarters in Columbus. He has received numerous military awards during his 23 years in uniform, including the Bronze Star for his 2003 service with the 82nd Airborne Division as a Civil Military Operations Officer in Iraq.
In addition to completing a Masters of Business Administration degree from Wright State University and the Army’s Command and General Staff College, Ashley is also a graduate of the Kettering Leadership Academy.
Ashley worked at CDC Distributors, a Wholesale Flooring Distributor servicing retail stores in Ohio and the surrounding states. While there, Ashley ran the operations of the family owned business. He gained significant perspective with regard to business and development while part of the management team from 2002 until its successful sale in December 2010. In 2011, Ashley worked with a local consulting firm, Strategic Leadership Associates, as the Vice President for Business Solutions. In this position he helped organizations improve business processes and explore opportunities to implement shared services.
In 2009 the citizens of Kettering elected Ashley to the Kettering City Council. Ashley has represented Kettering as a member of the Miami Valley Communications Council and the Miami Valley Military Affairs Association. He also participates in the city’s Bicycle Task Force and the Veteran’s Memorial Committee.