it’s about the right business partner.

It's about working with a team that knows the importance of achieving genuine chemistry with you.

We deliver what large globals and small companies can't:

  • Strategic partners
  • National experience
  • International reach
  • Proven methodology for workforce success

Kay Livingston Ash, Chief Executive Officer

Leslie Braunstein, Chief Operating Officer

Kay has served as CEO since founding The Ash Group. With responsibility for long-term strategic planning and development, she has played a major role in securing the firm's reputation as a market leader and has established international strategic relationships that have contributed to the growth of the company.
Kay brings more than 25 years of staffing industry experience and leadership to her position. Previously, she held a progression of top-line positions with Manpower. Her last role was Vice President and General Manager.
Kay holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Colorado State University. Contact Kay.

Leslie is an accomplished management and operational leader with over 18 years of experience. She plays a major role in directing the firm's management, vision and strategy.
Before joining The Ash Group, Leslie founded, built and managed Symmetry Resources, a highly successful staffing and placement firm focused on technology and executive placement. She has also held leadership positions in companies ranging in size from small to Fortune 500. Leslie holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania. Contact Leslie.

About the people who have inspired us

Brad Feld

Brad has been an early stage investor and entrepreneur since 1987. Prior to co-founding Foundry Group, he co-founded Mobius Venture Capital and, prior to that, founded Intensity Ventures. Brad is also a co-founder of TechStars.
In addition to his investing efforts, Brad has been active with several non-profit organizations and currently is chair of the National Center for Women & Information Technology, co-chair of Startup Colorado, and on the board of UP Global. Brad is a nationally recognized speaker on the topics of venture capital investing and entrepreneurship and writes the widely read blogs Feld ThoughtsStartup Revolution, and Ask the VC.

Brad holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Management Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Brad is also an avid art collector and long-distance runner. He has completed 23 marathons as part of his mission to finish a marathon in each of the 50 states.

Steve Fitzgerald

Steve is currently the Vice President of the Organizational Effectiveness Practice at Avaya, a privately held, global communications technology giant headquartered in Basking Ridge, NJ. Prior to that, Steve was the SVP, Human Resources, at Vail Resorts, where he led the HR function at one of the premier hospitality companies in the world.

Prior to the most recent roles, Steve led Global Talent Management at Sun Microsystems, an activity that includes leadership development, recruiting, selection, global inclusion and diversity, succession planning, and a variety of other functions. Steve came to Sun as part of Sun’s acquisition of StorageTek, a transaction in which he was intimately involved. While with StorageTek, Steve was the Sr. Director of Organizational Learning and Effectiveness, led most of the talent management activities and did a considerable amount of merger and acquisition work to boot. StorageTek topped FORTUNE Magazine’s Most Admired list for four consecutive years prior to being acquired by Sun, and had the top ranking in the Employee Talent category in 2004 and 2005.

Steve started his career at Ford Motor Company, where he held a wide variety of roles during his 14 year tenure with the firm, including labor relations, start-ups, strategy and operating (non-HR) roles. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees from Michigan State University. Steve is active athletically, participating in cycling, hockey, skiing, flyfishing and a variety of other outdoor pursuits as the seasons change. He is also the owner and principal artist of FireStorm Clayworks, an art pottery focused on hand-thrown, raku-fired pieces. He lives just outside of Boulder, Colorado, with his wife Diana and teenage sons Ryan and Sean.

Dave Keith

With acumen earned from decades of management experience, Dave contributed guidance on broad matters of importance to the business. His resume is lengthy and includes sales and managerial positions at several major companies, including serving as a Senior Vice President at a global Fortune 200 staffing company and Operations Manager for Unisys. Dave earned a B.S. and an M.A. in Business Education from Murray State University in Kentucky.

Awards & Recognition

Inc. 5000

The Ash Group ranks No. 2566 on the 2023 Inc. 5000, Inc.'s annual list of the fastest-growing private companies in America.  To see The Ash Group's Inc. 5000 profile and rank, visit

ORBIE Awards

Our contractors work with some of the top CIOs in Colorado. Many of our customers have been recognized by the ORBIE Awards - the premier technology executive recognition program in the United States. 

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I am fortunate to work for The Ash Group and with a truly exceptional team.

It is inspiring to be a part of this diverse group of companies that added 1,187,266 jobs to the economy over the past three years.

The revenue increases are impressive, but the jobs help our communities and shape the future. It is exciting to wonder how much more these companies will contribute over the next three years.

Happy to be a part of it.


The ORBIE honors chief information officers who have demonstrated excellence in technology leadership. Finalists and winners are selected by an independent peer review process, led by prior ORBIE recipients, based upon:

  • Leadership and management effectiveness
  • Business value created by technology innovation
  • Engagement in industry and community endeavors