Ashton is a graduate of Columbus East High School and Indiana University. Prior to joining German American, Ashton owned and operated his own insurance agency. He holds his Indiana Property and Casualty License, his Indiana Life and Health Insurance License, as well as Series 6 and 63 Licenses. He is on the Board of Directors for the Columbus Young Professionals and the Indiana Credit Establishment Foundation. Ashton lives in Columbus with his wife, Maeve. He is an avid cyclist and he and his wife love to travel.