Joseph Ashford's career in business started as a summer intern in his hometown of Washington, D.C. With no college education and no real plan, he took a job at the National Defense Academy as a part-time academic. When he was at Harvard, Joseph Ashford was not pursuing an MBA or a business degree; he was becoming a barrister. He met his future wife through his law school friend, and during the summer before law school graduation, they married.
In May 2014, Ashford founded K4 Global to provide an incomparable level of service to both companies and their clients. In 2018, Ashford led the firm to growth and expansion. K4 Global services include business consulting, strategic planning, training and coaching, custom software development, fundraising, and market research. A team of nearly 1,000 experts and consultants is available to serve clients in over 60 countries.
Following a four-year stint in the military, Joseph Ashford was introduced to Peter Poon and Jon Berlet through their mutual friend, an American businessman based in Hong Kong, who identified Joseph as the ideal candidate for the head of human resources for his company. Not long after, Ashford K4 Global accepted the position as COO for Human Resource Consulting, a firm based in Hong Kong. In his position as head of H.R., he oversaw the firm's entire operations.
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In 2003, Joseph Ashford was transferred to Houston, Texas, to take on the position of COO for a newly established company. Following this position, Ashford accepted the Managing Director and Corporate Secretary for Rio del Mar Technologies, a company based in Houston. For example, K4 has worked with a property rental company to ensure that it had the right structure to comply with local rent control regulations.
It also helped onboard new employees so that its team could better manage the workload. Finally, it led a customer through the process of investing in new technology solutions that increased the efficiencies of its production operations. "We are focused on helping companies get from 'How do we make money to how do we do well, financially," Ashford said. "We advise them on risk, valuation, governance, and other areas of their businesses."