National Director & Founder, Veteran Institute for Procurement
Barbara Ashe is President of the Montgomery County Chamber Community Foundation (MCCCF) and serves as the National Director of the Veteran Institute for Procurement (VIP). She is also the Executive Vice President at the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce (MCCC).
As President of the Foundation, Ms. Ashe launched the Veteran Institute for Procurement in 2009 and now leads the nation’s leading veteran entrepreneurship program that specifically addresses federal procurement. VIP offers training programs to assist our veterans as they start, grow, and pursue domestic and international opportunities through federal procurement. She oversees strategic development of the program, manages a dedicated team of professionals in executing the program that now trains over 200 veteran owned small businesses a year. Ms. Ashe also serves as chief executive officer on the Foundation Board. She is often asked to speak at national conferences about supporting veteran entrepreneurship and the VIP program. The U.S. Small Business Administration honored Ms. Ashe in 2011 as the Veteran Small Business Advocate of the Year and the National Veteran Owned Small Business Association named her as the 2017 Veteran Business Advocate of the Year.
In her capacity as Executive Vice President of MCCC Barbara oversees the Government Contracting Network (GovConNet) and advisory council. She works closely with the MCCC President in the strategic development of the Chamber’s programs and events, and management of the board of directors.
Ms. Ashe has over two decades of experience in successful business management and development, as well as strategic and operational planning. Well-respected in the public and private sectors, she has an exceptional resolve to maintain professional integrity and has advanced her organizations through the formation of long-term productive relationships. She is adept at the development and review of complex budgets. A mission-oriented problem-solver, Ms. Ashe brings a creative and pragmatic approach to her work for the betterment of the organization and communities she serves. Earlier in her career she managed the Baltimore area at the Burroughs Corporation, which after its purchase of Sperry became the Unisys Corporation.