Founder, CEO, SMA Global
Executive Producer, CEO Business Matchmaking
Chuck Ashman is a veteran newscaster, author, talk show host, lecturer and producer of the nation’s leading small business related procurement events. Business Matchmaking brings together all federal, state and local agencies and major corporations with small businesses throughout the country to create jobs and new alliances.
In addition, he consults to American Airlines, HP, American Express, Federal Express and Lockheed Martin with respect to their commitments to small business and supplier diversity.
In media, Chuck has hosted radio and television news and talk shows including anchoring Channel 11 news in Los Angeles and KABC and KFI talk programs. He has also been a guest on Larry King, Oprah, the Today Show, Good Morning America, Regis, 60 Minutes and CrossFire as well as on leading programs in the UK.
In print, he has written major articles for the London Express, the Toronto Sun and the Chicago Sun Times as well as 7 non-fiction books including “Diplomatic Crime” which triggered a US Senate investigation into abuses of Diplomatic Immunity. As an event and program producer, he helped present the Republican National Convention that nominated Governor Ronald Reagan for the presidency, and also hosted Walter Cronkite in a Democratic party syndicated debate prior to President Clinton’s election. He has also produced events for Steve Forbes, Ralph Nader and others at the United Nations and at corporate headquarters throughout the country.
At 20th Century Fox, he was named President of the Worldwide Merchandising and Marketing division with responsibility for projects including Star Wars, Dynasty and more than 25 Fox feature films.
As CEO of SMA Global, he has assembled a team of specialists who serve major corporations and government agencies in dealing with small business owners with emphasis on women, minority and veteran owned firms. As Executive Producer of Business Matchmaking, the nation’s leading face-to-face small business procurement initiative, he has facilitated 70,000 face to face sessions resulting in tens of billions of dollars in contracts.
Today, SMA Global specializes in company, brand and product launches, creating alliances between large and small businesses and helping start ups survive and grow.
His keys to success are the three women in his life--wife Pamela, an attorney and former diplomat, daughter Shireen, a UK-based composer and recording artist and Diane Kegley, the president of his company and his partner in planning their next move.