March 7, 2018 12:58pm
GLI Board Spotlight: Mike Ash
Title: Regional President
Company: Fifth Third Bank
How many years have you served on the GLI Board of Directors?
I’m in my third year of serving on the GLI Board. I had the opportunity to lead the GLIDE trip to Austin in 2016 and served as Finance Chair in 2017.
What is your favorite part about being on the GLI Board of Directors?
I enjoy seeing the business community coming together with the common goal of growing the greater Louisville region. We have a lot of talented leaders that are incredibly giving of their time, resources and talents, and I consider it a privilege to work with them.
Do you serve on any GLI Committees? If so, which ones?
As Incoming Chair of GLI, II serve on the Executive Committee and chair the 2019 Planning Committee. I have also served on the Finance Committee and the Tax Reform Task Force. I also sit on the Board of the Greater Louisville Foundation.
What value does your company derive from investing in GLI?
I believe that in order to grow your business, you have to be willing to invest in your community and help make it better. GLI’s goals of attracting new businesses, attracting and retaining a talented workforce and advocating for a strong business environment are all very important and valuable to my business.
What’s the best investment you’ve ever made?
Personally speaking, investing time in my kids was the best investment I could have possibly made. From a business perspective, our investments in the Louisville market in 2017 have already begun fueling our growth and providing a great return. We invested in more people, adding exceptional talent to our local team and we expanded our service capabilities through the additions of Epic Insurance and Integrity HR. We wouldn’t have made these investments if we didn’t think Louisville was a growing market with opportunity.
Outside the office, what do you like to do for fun?
I enjoy spending time with my family, love to travel and try to play golf whenever I can.
Cats or Cards?
I didn’t attend either school but I support them both! Having lived in both Lexington and Louisville, it became easy to root for the home team.
If you could have dinner with anyone dead or alive, who would you choose?
I would pick my grandfather, William “Curly” Ash, because he led an amazing life and would have great stories to share with me. He was captain of Notre Dame’s baseball team, an entrepreneur, fundraiser and an adventurous world traveler. He died when I was young and I missed the opportunity to listen to and appreciate his counsel and advice.