Ashley Horton began her career in the construction industry in 2010, when she accepted a marketing position with one of the most successful multifamily contractors on the Gulf Coast. It only took her a few months to realize that she was not only interested in the marketing, but the overall operations and ultimately wanted to enhance the success of the firm. At first Ashley was taken by surprise at her curiosity and natural ability; however, she was destined to flourish in this industry. She also realized her enthusiasm for construction started much earlier than 2010.
Ashley, a Midwest native, grew up with her Grandfather, a small- town homebuilder and electrician. She idolized him growing up and inherited his work ethic, need for perfection, and attention to detail. Looking back, she now knows he was her original mentor in the industry.
During her time on the Gulf Coast, Ashley had the opportunity to shadow the owner of the firm, soaking up his experience and knowledge in every aspect of the business. She improved the daily operations by learning the intricacies of every team member’s role, finding ways to enhance their job performance, and improving the overall effectiveness of the firm’s operational procedures. and the overall effectiveness of the firm’s operational procedures.
The more Ashley learned about the industry, the better she understood the needs of each owner and the importance that attention to detail plays in running a successful project from conception to close out.
In 2014, she created Marq Building and since then has dedicated her time to consulting with owners, developers, architects, and contractors to fulfill their specific needs of each individual project, ultimately working as an extension of their team to ensure the success of each and every development.
Beginning in 2015 to present time she has completed 7 Work Force Housing Developments leveraging low income housing tax credits and 4% bond financing, with her partners in Florida and Louisiana. The seven developments consisted of 2 RAD conversions, a scattered site development that utilized adjudicated properties purchased by the Baton Rouge Housing Authority, 233 units, in Lake Charles Louisiana, that were renovated using Historic Tax Credits along with 4 % bonds with extreme relocation challenges, and a full renovation of (2) 36 unit properties in rural Louisiana where 50% of the units had been boarded up and unoccupied for over 2 decades. An expert in RAD conversion and resident relocation, there is very little Ashley cannot successfully manage on a market rate or Low-Income Housing Tax Credit development
Ashley and her husband Grant reside in Brentwood, TN with their two children, Soni Elizabeth and Albie.
Ashley earned two undergraduate degrees from The Florida State University and in 2014 she completed her Masters Certificate in International Construction Project Management at the Rinker School of Construction at The University of Florida.