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40 under 40: Ashley Davis, chief strategist, ESI Convergent

40 under 40: Ashley Davis, chief strategist, ESI Convergent

40 under 40: Ashley Davis, chief strategist, ESI Convergent

YARMOUTH, Maine—Ashley Davis, 39, is chief strategist at ESI Convergent, a management consulting firm focused on helping companies assess and define the use of people, process, and technology within the physical and cybersecurity arena based out of Elyria, Ohio. Find out what inspired her to pursue a career in the security industry, what being a "40 under 40" winner means to her, what appeals to her about the security industry, and more. 

SSN: Describe your roles, duties, and tenure at your current job. 

40 under 40DAVIS: I’m involved in consulting engagements with end users establishing and implementing technology roadmaps, as well as manufacturers in respect to strategizing on their go-to market strategy while working with our expert consultant division. I’m also defining messaging to the market and strategizing on effective and creative communication while collaborating with clients and our expert consultant group.  I am also a trusted advisor and counselor to many of the world's most influential businesses and institutions, providing information and advice about international business development, marketing, and global expansion opportunities. 

I also research international business and investment opportunities, competitors, and business practices, develop proposals and make recommendations.  I work with clients on a long-term basis, providing advice for ongoing business challenges, and also act as a strategic consultant who works with you and your team to solve strictly defined, granular problems. 

In addition, I lead and manage projects across multiple industry sectors and regions, involving creative, strategic planning with expert knowledge to tackle the toughest challenges for businesses.  I understand your needs, the business environment in which you work and the available technology, plus I have the experience to help you avoid pitfalls.

SSN: What inspired you to pursue a career in the security industry?

DAVIS: I have always focused on being a resource to my immediate and global community. As a mother of five, I care deeply about the safety and security of the world. I have made it my mission to do everything I can to empower others with vetted tools, resources, connections, and solutions to help community leaders and emerging leaders make this world a better place for all of us to live and thrive.

SSN: What does being named a winner of SSN's 40 under 40 mean to you?

DAVIS: It is a privilege to be amongst other security professionals who have accomplished this goal and be able to be an influencer to others who are entering into and leading this industry.

SSN: As a young leader, what appeals to you about the security industry?

DAVIS: We are all here to play a role in the protection of people, property, and technology. Many believe that the security industry is where you are able to make the biggest impact, but in reality, security works with all departments and across industries, markets, and regions. I am excited to be involved in setting the status quo in how to make this collaboration happen on a global scale to make the biggest impact.

SSN: With the hiring, recruitment and retention challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, how can the security industry engage young talent?

DAVIS: We need better forms of education and building of stronger internship programs between industry-leading associations like SIA and the education community.


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