The EnergizeGrowth® Team
Steve Ashton brings over 30 years’ executive experience to EnergizeGrowth® clients.
He excels at helping clients who struggle with:
- Building and retaining high performance leadership teams and employees
- Launching new and profitable product lines
- Accepting and embracing necessary changes in systems and procedures
- Exceeding company quality standards
- “Leaning” their processes to gain quality, efficiency and capacity
- Increasing company valuation prior to an M&A transaction
Steve held executive positions in several publicly-traded companies, including SMC Corporation (now Monaco), Microhelix (where he was CEO), and Weyerhaeuser Company. He has held various positions designed to help for-profit and nonprofit organizations overcome the common perils of change and growth. In many roles, he was responsible for raising tens of millions in investment funding.
At SMC, Steve Directly managed activities of seven factories, 1,200 employees, and a $200,000,000 budget. Within 12 months, he improved quality while simultaneously reducing labor costs by 23% per vehicle and raw inventory by $5,000,000.
In addition, he was instrumental in the growth and sale of Ashton Photo, a digital imaging products firm he purchased in 1976. While CEO, he grew the company from a local to an international firm and helped the company’s gross profit expand from 41% to 64%.
Steve’s most energizing pastimes include downhill and cross country skiing, kayaking, voyaging, mountain biking, hiking, fly-fishing, sailing, and watching college football.
Samantha Hartley works with successful, socially responsible businesses that experience peaks and valleys in their revenues. She helps them to increase sales without selling out.
Samantha specializes in helping clients identify and communicate their brand value so effectively that they work only with perfect customers. After working with Samantha, companies typically increase their prices and enjoy healthier profits.
Before becoming a consultant, Samantha was part of the International Marketing team for The Coca-Cola Company in Russia. She later led Strategic Channel Marketing for Asia from Coke headquarters in Atlanta, GA.
Samantha has helped hundreds of small businesses develop brands and marketing strategies. She offers marketing advisory services through customized consulting projects, group and individual mentoring programs, and various publications.
Samantha stays energized through community service, adventure travel, and agility dog competitions.