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 after leaving active duty. He is currently a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army Reserve, assigned as a West Point liaison officer for the Dayton area. He has received numerous military awards during his 24 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 earning a Masters of Business Administration degree from Wright State University and completing the Army’s Command and General Staff College, Ashley is a graduate of the Kettering Leadership Academy.
Ashley is the owner of Paradigm Industrial, a local company with 31 employees. Paradigm provides Contract Manufacturing, Custom Fabrication, Specialty Welding, Mechanical Repair, Skilled Trades, and Preventive Maintenance services to customers in the Greater Dayton Area. Ashley is active in the local business community and participates in several organizations that promote economic growth and opportunity for our region. These include the Greater Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce, the Dayton Regional Manufacturer’s Association, and the National Federation of Independent Business.
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 as a Council liaison.