Ashley Troutman, Northwestern Mutual

As a lifelong Lakelander Ashley was born to Douglas and Bessie Troutman on August 3, 1981.  He is the youngest of five siblings (Victor, Tammye {deceased}, Monica, and Anthony {twin brother}).  He attended Polk County Public Schools all throughout his primary education and graduated from George Jenkins High School in 1999.  Upon high school graduation Ashley graduated from Polk State College (2001; A. A., Business Administration) and then the University of South Florida (2004) where he received a B.S. in Marketing.

Ashley currently operates a Northwestern Mutual Financial Services practice here in Lakeland where he assists his clients with insurance and retirement planning strategies.  He is often quoted as saying that he is in the business of finding solutions for his client’s problems. 

During his adult life Ashley has served his community in a number of different capacities including volunteering, board service, and coaching girls basketball.  He currently chairs the Polk County School Board’s Half-Cent Sales Tax Oversight Committee, serves on the Board of Directors for the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce, a Board member for the Polk State College Alumni Association and Lighthouse Ministries. 

Ashley is a published poet and his work has been featured in two books published by Brown Bear Publishing.  He is a member of Greater New Jerusalem Baptist Church where he is actively involved, and married to his beautiful bride, Kia Troutman, and they have no children.  Kia is a local business woman/realtor here in Lakeland.

“The fictional character that best reflects my personality is Andy Griffith.  Andy was very thoughtful, and took his time to make the proper decisions.  He was also tactful in how he addressed his inmates.  Treating each one with the respect and dignity that every man deserved, but still walking with a pride and respect for himself and the position that he held.  Andy was also very approachable, and he welcomed questioning from even his son.  Finally, Andy was an artist.  He sang, played the guitar, and was good with his words.  All things that I try to be in my life.”