What matters most is the way we think and work.

Our Agency

Ashton212 was founded by two highly successful businesswomen. For 16 years, our CEO Sheila Ellian Lewis owned Flyin’ West LLC, a Bay Area powerhouse marketing consultancy. Flyin’ West built its reputation through the use of consulting teams. Each seat on each team was filled by an experienced marketer with a specific skill needed for that particular engagement. These marketing veterans joined forces to share best practices, toss ideas to other team members, learn new ways of doing things, and generally, have a great time delivering an outstanding product to clients.

Over the years, high-performing teams were reunited for engagements, yielding long-lasting professional and personal relationships that continue today. This model became the foundation of our collaborative service delivery model in our Marketing & Customer Experience Practice.  

Our President, Mary Ann Munro is a 30-year veteran of the professional staffing industry. Having cut her teeth in the corporate financial services world, she joined a start-up firm providing contingent resources in rolesacross the corporate enterprise. Her leadership in developing and nurturing new business yielded a multimillion-dollar client portfolio and helped inform the Ashton212 approach.

Our Philosophy 

Our business philosophy is simple: to know our clients and how they define success for each engagement; and to know our associates and what they can deliver. This means that we help you think your project through to the end to ensure that the recommendations we put forth meet or exceed your expectations, maximize your budget, and ensure that timelines are met. We listen between the lines to understand what business challenge or opportunity is driving the engagement. With the end in sight we know how to get you off to the best start.

Our community of consultants and interim contractors represent the best and the brightest.. We know that what's presented on a resume never tells the entire story. In fact, it's only the beginning and our use of the most current recruitment tools and technology uncovers what's note there. Our recruitment team goes the extra mile to learn who our associates are, what they've accomplished, and how they do their work. The better we know them, the better your engagement.

Our 4 Practices  

Our goal when the firm started was to provide our clients with the full complement of consulting services in a combination typically not seen in the market. We wanted our clients to be able to secure the consulting services they needed with one partner firm, Ashton212.

Today, our clients often work with us in more than 1 practice area. In us, they have found a solid partner who delivers as expected, or better, and we appreciate the opportunities to extend our relationship with them.

Business Transformation & Innovation Practice

Contact:  Mercedes Martin


Marketing & Customer Experience Practice

Contact:  Sheila Lewis


Professional Staffing Practice

Contact:  Mary Ann Mancuso


Executive Search Practice

Contact:  Mary Ann Mancuso

Our Guide Posts

Our values lie at the heart of our work. They keep us aligned and inform the culture of our firm. Simply put, it’s how we show up, every day, for our clients and associates, and each other.

  • Integrity in what we do and how we do it
  • Collaboration that generates better results
  • Ingenuity that trumps creativity
  • Inclusivity because there is no other way
  • Kindness in our words and behavior
  • Celebration of the small and big wins
  • Gratitude that begins and ends each day 

What’s in a Name?

Photo Credit: Max Williams, MultiMax Audio Visual, South Carolina

We're named after a beautiful Australian Shepherd named Ashton! During our first strategy meeting, one team member made an especially big impact. Ashton took responsibility for herding the team into position, made sure his opinion was heard loud and clear, and continues to watch over us as Chief of Security.

Of course, those things come naturally to an Australian Shepherd dog – and we wanted to honor his contribution in the best way we knew how. 

The 212 part of our name is a combination of numbers significant to the two founding partners — and we’re not telling any more than that. Discretion is a big part of our business after all!