Born and raised in Dallas, Mickey Ashmore ('01) embodies typical Texan values – a warm personality, affinity for people and love of the outdoors. After graduating from St. John's, he attended the Greenhill School, followed by the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business, where he studied finance and real estate. He graduated from Wharton in May 2009.
Mickey has a strong creative flair and was a successful entrepreneur before even completing high school. While at Greenhill, he started www.EasyConsignment.com, an online consignment service that facilitated the sale of highly-valued items using competitive online marketing techniques. The business was a resounding success – resulting in lots of local publicity and more than $100,000 in revenue during its first summer.
Mickey describes his three passions as research, exploration and creation. He feeds all three of these with adventurous travel, which he documents through photography and creative writing on his website, www.MickeyAshmore.com. (Check it out; it's pretty cool!)
His travels have led him from the rowdy streets of Rio de Janeiro to the north Indian Himalayas, and even to the jungles of Borneo. In all of these trips, he strives for authentic experiences allowing him to connect and understand the local people. For example, in Borneo, he spent nearly a week living with Dusun tribesmen deep in the jungle. And more recently, he lived with a family in Ghana while teaching the local children at a small school in Accra.
Mickey has also had some great opportunities to combine travel with work and study, including a study-abroad stint at the University of Science & Technology in Hong Kong; studying Italian and art history in Florence; learning about international business at the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad; and a summer internship in the real estate investment banking division of Goldman Sachs in New York.
Currently Mickey lives in Seattle and works for Microsoft. He is part of the Finance Rotation Program, which is intended to develop business leaders for the company. Eventually, he plans to pursue a career in finance and real estate with a "hint of sustainable development and tourism." He hopes to live abroad, possibly in Istanbul or Buenos Aires.
No stranger to community service, volunteering or leadership, Mickey is serving as the first alumni chair for the St. John's Annual Fund. We appreciate Mickey's commitment to the school "where it all started.”