Chris Ashley is a solutions-oriented, creative entrepreneur from Goochland, VA. He graduated from JMU in 2017 with a BBA in Economics, and decided Harrisonburg would be the best place to start his businesses.
Immediately after college, Chris co-founded a company with fellow JMU alumni to design and build large format industrial 3D printers to be used in industrial prototyping capacities. While pursuing this project, Chris also started a second company, Collegiate Customs, printing custom t-shirts and other gear for fraternities, sororities, and other college organizations.
Over the following 4 years, Collegiate Customs has expanded to schools up and down the east coast, and is fully licensed with national Greek organizations and various NCAA schools. In that same time period, Chris and his team pivoted the 3D printing business- rebranding as Vulcan Machine Co, and shifting into the CNC Milling space. The Vulcan Machine Co team has designed and built 3 generations of their compact, cast-iron precision CNC Mill, and is currently in the Beta phase with 10 initial customers who are helping to test and debug the system.
Chris is a certified CO.STARTERS facilitator.