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At Ashton, we are only as good as our people. Get to know the highly-trained and experienced group that make up Ashton’s management team.

Spencer Ashton

Spencer Ashton

Founder and CEO

Spencer began his career in concrete cutting years before he started his company. As an operator, he quickly realized his exceptional skill for the craft, a passion for the industry, and a longing to give his clients a superior experience. With his passion for the work and entrepreneurial spirit, Ashton Sawing and Drilling was born in 2000 in Houston, TX. Spencer built his business on delivering quality work and great customer service, which allowed Ashton to grow quickly and organically.

Spencer’s knowledge of the business grew organically as well. His role developed from operator to dispatcher to sales and eventually CEO. By staying focused on Ashton’s reputation and culture, Spencer was able to hire the right people along the way. Having the right team taking care of clients allowed Spencer to focus on growing the business into new divisions of concrete services, placement and polishing, and new markets – Dallas, TX and, New Orleans, LA. Spencer’s superior reputation in the field and savvy for growing the business brought on larger clients in the industrial and commercial industries.

Spencer’s expertise in the craft of concrete cutting is still sought after but his focus on taking care of customers, solidifying a respected, reliable brand reputation, and strong company values are the true secrets to his success. Building a business that meets the growing needs of his customers has driven the implementation of processes that increase efficiency, new technology, an unmatched dispatch program, and a safety department. Even with exceptional growth over the last 20 years, Spencer is still very much involved in the day-to-day operations at Ashton, helping bid projects, walking job sites, and staying in-tune with company culture.

Jed Ashton

Jed Ashton

CFO

Jed’s experience as a financial maven began at Sam Houston State University, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a focus in Accounting and Finance. He spent the next 7 years building a mortgage company that grew to employ 40 loan officers. Before taking the CFO role at Ashton, Jed also spent 2 years as a business analyst, diving deep into the finances of over 30 businesses in various industries and implementing quality control measures. Roles as a mortgage lender entrepreneur and business analyst would ultimately give Jed the expertise to co-lead Ashton’s growth into an industry leader, as he spearheaded new divisions, new offices/markets, and new technology.

Jed began his journey as CFO at Ashton in 2009, when he made it a point to learn the industry and form relationships with clients that still stand today. Jed’s goal was to build efficiencies at Ashton in account management and billing that would improve the customer experience and give Ashton room to grow. Within the first few years, Ashton’s billing process was seamless, the capacity to take on new clients grew exponentially, and Jed was able to focus his financial expertise on securing Ashton’s place as one of the most reliable concrete service providers in the region. Jed’s goals for Ashton are to grow the business to provide more services and markets for clients while never losing sight of the importance of good customer service, a great company culture, and forward-thinking.

Karyn Ashton

Karyn Ashton

Co-Founder and AP Manager

Karyn has over 20 years of experience in the construction industry and has been with Ashton since its beginning in 2000. She spearheaded Ashton’s account receivables and payables departments, implementing processes that ensure payments are in good standing, accurate, and on time. Much of Karyn’s attention to detail and timeliness is due to her passion for validating Ashton’s reliable brand reputation. Her dedication to being a good partner to other businesses and a good provider to Ashton’s clients pushes her to go above- and beyond the call of duty daily.

Not only is Karyn a co-founder and AP Manager, but she is also the heart of Ashton’s business. For 2 decades, Karyn has been relentless about customer service and company culture. She has a customer-first approach to doing business, ensuring the best interests of clients are in mind with every new process she implements. A true go-getter, when Karyn is not taking care of clients, she is relying on her strengths in organization and prioritization to make improvements to the business.

Jason Gonzales

Jason Gonzales

Division Manager Houston, Sawing and Drilling

Jason has almost 20 years of construction industry experience in management. His extensive people and management skills help maximize the potential and efficiency of his teams. His true passion is career development, and he is relentless in cultivating the success of his individual team members. Jason has an associate degree from the Universal Technical Institute of Texas, Inc.

Rick Woods

Rick Woods

Division Manager Dallas, Sawing and Drilling

Rick’s 12 years of experience with Ashton in the concrete cutting business, and many years in the oil field, have made him relentless in his work ethic. Years of long days, hands-on experience, and self-discipline resulted in a passion for getting the job done right and making customers happy. He knows the concrete industry inside and out. When Rick started in sales, he found his true passion in serving customers. He strives to put his customers first in everything that he does and always keeps his focus on the big picture.

Daniel Giles

Daniel Giles

Division Manager New Orleans, Sawing and Drilling

Daniel is a 10-year veteran with Ashton and the concrete services industry. Daniel’s concrete career began in a hands-on role, and he has carried that experience through to his position as division manager. He approaches each job with a deep understanding of every aspect of work, from operation to project management and client support. Clients appreciate Daniel’s friendly demeanor and customer-first approach to doing business.

Colin Johnson

Colin Johnson

Division Manager, Concrete Polishing and Coatings

Colin began his career 10 years ago in architectural manufacturing and metal forming. Colin’s architectural background gives him an eye for design and passion for the techniques required to be successful in polishing and coatings. Not only does he do beautiful work, but Colin is also an experienced project manager and motivational leader. Colin has a Bachelor of Science from Old Dominion University.

Kaz Jones

Kaz Jones

Division Manager of Concrete Placement

Kaz has over 10 years of heavy civil, structural, and Utility construction management experience. He spent the majority of his career in project management at Beyer Construction, where he learned the fundamentals of managing project budgets, timelines, and operations. Kaz’s true expertise lies in driving improvements which result in savings and improved profit margins on projects as large as $20 million. He has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University.

Michael Schmunk

Michael Schmunk

Corporate Risk Manager and Safety Engineer

Michael is a 25-year veteran in the industry, having spent much of his career as an insurance agent and consultant before starting a safety department at Ashton eight years ago. During his career in insurance, Michael worked with construction companies as well as manufacturers specializing in risk management. His attention to detail, aptitude for assessing and preventing risk, and passion for protecting his colleagues and clients make Michael an asset to construction’s safety discipline. Michael is a certified OSHA 500 trainer and has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at Austin.

Derrick Daggett

Derrick Daggett

Fleet Manager

Derrick is an eight-year Ashton veteran and has over 20 years of experience as a mechanic specializing in electrical diagnostics. Derrick’s electrical training and expertise in specialized equipment maintenance and repairs set him apart in the industry. Specifically, his training and experience in DXR demolition robot maintenance and repair are sought from around the world. As Fleet Manager, he enjoys thinking on his feet, training his team, and maintaining his extensive fleet of trucks and machinery to 100% efficiency. Derrick has a degree from Sam Houston State University.

Brandon Tucker

Brandon Tucker

Dispatch Manager

Brandon has extensive experience in dispatch and logistics. His 10+-year career includes roles dispatching and managing dispatch teams for the trucking and construction industries. He has managed fleets of over 40 trucks and even larger teams across Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. Brandon’s strengths include his attention to detail and swift conflict resolution. Brandon is a decorated US Army Veteran who served as a Combat Medic in Iraq and has an associate degree from Kaplan University.

Jeri Volk

Jeri Volk

AR Manager

Jeri has spent 12 years fostering her career in construction, an industry she learned to love from her father’s career as a head superintendent growing up. She has had roles in dispatch, field crew management, and HR, but found her true calling in Accounts Receivable. Jeri’s natural persistence, integrity, and accountability have allowed her to excel in day-to-day AR responsibilities as well as new technology and process implementation and team management. Jeri is most passionate about her leadership responsibilities, impacting company growth, and forming relationships with clients.

Christa Slagle

Christa Slagle

Human Resources Manager

Christa has over 15 years of HR experience in the oil and gas and construction industries. She specializes in payroll, benefits, and new hire process implementation. Christa has spent her career organizing and streamlining processes in HR departments, resulting in greater clarity, more efficiencies, and supplementary growth. Her career passions are improving employee relations and company culture.

Anna Christensen

Anna Christensen

Marketing Director

Anna has more than a decade of experience in marketing and market research disciplines. Over her career, Anna has developed a passion for writing, customer-centric marketing tactics, and project planning and strategy. Her expertise lies in engaging content development, customer retention, and analytics. Anna has a Master of Arts in Advertising from the University of Texas at Austin.

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