Referred to as The Disruptive Professor, Jerry Ash is the developer of the free online course, NotMyEconomics, with the purpose of helping both small business and labor overcome their economic conditions through the use of a disruptive, socially responsible, self-managed, profit-sharing business model (SSP).
He is also founder of COWORK Entrepreneurs, an enterprise that will develop a network of companies where the SSP model can work. He was also founder and moderator of Facebook group.
The Professor is author of several business books on Knowledge Management, published in London, and two novels focused on the dark side of economics including Hellraiser — Mother Jones: An Historical Novel (published) and MoJo: Getting on the Right Side (to be published).
With an eclectic career behind him, Jerry’s credentials come from a wide range of engagements from social to political to entrepreneurial.
His executive experience in the healthcare field provides him with a deep knowledge of one of the nation’s largest industries.
As executive director of Lifegift Organ Donation Centers in Houston, Fort Worth, Lubbock and Amarillo, Texas, he led 60 of the world’s finest organ procurement nurses in the quest for organs for lifesaving transplant. While there he established a regional communications center linking all hospitals in the service area to a critical response network for organ procurement. Donations rose dramatically.
As president and CEO of the Nevada Hospital Association he launched the Liability Cooperative of Nevada (LiCon), a self-insured cooperative, to help the state’s small frontier hospitals contain the cost of liability insurance while improving the quality of care. He also served on a committee of the American Hospital Association to explore and support universal healthcare coverage.
Serving two terms in the West Virginia State Senate, Jerry chaired the Committee on Health and Human Resources during an era of healthcare cost containment issues. He persuaded the Senate to establish a Committee on Small Business, which he chaired. He served as Vice-Chairman of the Committee on Education and chaired the subcommittee on higher education. His most fulfilling achievement was the passage (after his last term) of a bill he proposed to extend public education to children incarcerated in the state’s so-called Boys and Girls Schools.
As editor/publisher of The Preston County News, his weekly newspaper won 40 state and national awards for excellence in journalism. As owner of the Dipsie Doodle Pub and Sandwich Shop and co-owner of the Pioneer Press of West Virginia, he experienced first hand the joys and challenges of commercial enterprise.
And yes, he really was a professor at the West Virginia University School of Journalism for seven years, teaching photojournalism and journalism 101.
He also likes to list the work experiences of his youth: lawn mowing, newspaper delivery boy, farm hand, shoe salesman, carpenter’s helper, roof crewman, ditch digger, truck driver hauling water to gas wells and scythe operator on utility right-of-ways.