Thomas Ashley

Principal / Director of Planning

Thomas J. Ashley, founder of Ashley Economics Services, Inc. and president of The Ashley Company, has been centrally involved in the development and programming of more than 15,000 houses, more than 5,000,000 square feet of retail space, over 11,000,000 sq. feet of office space, some 30 hotels, 40 restaurants, two medical plazas and more than 1,000,000 sq ft of industrial space. In addition, Mr. Ashley has been a principal in the development of three entertainment parks, cinemas, two auto malls, marinas, and communities built around golf and tennis amenities. Selected by Walt Disney, Ashley played a pivotal role in the market research, economic planning and development programming for Walt Disney's Epcot Center in Florida.

An urban economist by training and a developer by trade, Ashley has been an executive in the real estate development industry for over 30 years. He has served as president of the Kapalua Land Company where he conceived and launched the famed Kapalua Resort on Maui. He personally did the market research; defined and programmed the products to be built; guided the design and managed the development. Mr. Ashley has also been in charge of residential development for the Warmington Company performing the market research, defining product development, and directing design, budgeting, promotions, sales that ranged from 650 to 850 houses yearly with annual sales exceeding $100 million. He has been the head of commercial and mixed-use development for The Writer Corporation in Colorado, building the Riverfront Festival Center and Willow Creek Village Center. He was also in charge of development strategy and planning for The Irvine Company where he was centrally involved in planning and programming the development of all products built on the 90,000 acre Irvine Ranch from 1968-1972.

Ashley has performed consulting assignments in Europe, North Africa, Middle East, the Far East, and Oceania, Mexico and across the United States. He has worked with such noted entities as Arnel Development Company, Donald L Bren Company, Broadmoor Homes, Bullocks, Chevron Land & Development Company, Costa Smeralda (Sardinia), Ernest Hahn Organization, The Irvine Company, The Lusk Company, Marbella Club (Spain), Marriott Hotels, National Commercial Bank of Saudi Arabia, Regent International Hotels, Melvin Simon Associates, Sun Valley Company, and William Zeckendorf to name a few. Ashley holds a PhD in Government (Urban Affairs) from the Claremont University College. For six years he was a full time professor at California State University, Fullerton and then at UCLA.

Mr. Ashley presently resides in Irvine, California.

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