Michelle Ash – MBA, Ph. D, Marina Investment Advisor
Michelle’s first involvement in marinas was as an investor and getting additional equity investors, as well as facilitating the financing and permitting for Snake Creek Marina in the Florida Keys. She sold the marina twice and launched her marina sales career due to her love for marinas and boating and is fortunate to live on the water and enjoy yachting in South Florida. She is known for her ability to close deals.
Her training has been helpful in assisting marina clients in valuation and in advising marina owners how to position their marina for sale. Michelle had executive positions in sales, marketing, and financial analysis in her past roles as a Management Analyst, Director for Community Relations, and Executive Officer of PBS affiliate and as a top producer for various Chambers as a volunteer.
Previous: CEO, PBS WLRN Public Radio and TV—Managed 150 employees and a 30m budget; Director, Community Relations, Miami Dade County Schools; Consultant, Organizational Development; Research Associate, University of Miami; Headed InvestFlorida LLC, network of local, national and international investors.
Business and Life Coach, Yoga Practitioner, Total Quality Management and Performance Improvement Consultant.
Education: Doctorate, University of Miami and post doctorate in performance improvement with dissertation on Community Partnerships; MBA, Nova South Eastern.
Awards include: Top sales producer six years in a row for three local chambers; Finalist: Coral Gables Chamber Athena Award for outstanding business woman and community involvement; Hall of Fame, Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce; Recognized by the Miami Today as one of six woman business leaders in Miami.
Community Involvement: Chair, Personal and professional development, Women’s Chamber of Commerce; Creator of the Emmy-nominated positive thinking programs, “Enlighten Up;” Member, St. Jude Church; Member of state-wide committees on community involvement and total quality management — appointed by four Governors on boards and committees; Board of Governors, Miami and the Beaches Realtors Association; Member, Miami River Group.
Family: Married to Dr. Sam Ash, Orthopedic Surgeon, mother to Dr. R. Ash, Neurology, and George Ash, Simply Marinas partner.