Person of the Week: Ash Cash
“I’m being used as a messenger...the masses are being made to look at money by design.”
Ash Exantus, is a finance extraordinaire whose stature is triumphed only by his personality. Financial freedom, the concept that money could work for you as opposed to you working for it, is a common belief that Ash champions. Jewels on how to think differently about your relationship with money serve as the backbone of his many publications, speeches, and media productions. He’s made a name for himself, being featured on almost all of the major finance mediums. But who is the man behind the character? Ash Cash is the man we see, but who is Ash Exantus?
Born and raised in Harlem, New York, Ash Exantus came from humble beginnings not uncommon to many of his viewers. “I got lucky.” He said explained on The Beautiful Minds Podcast, “anything could’ve happened to me growing up in the projects and I wouldn’t have been here today.”
From packing bags at his local grocery store as a young child, to working at Blockbuster in the latter part of his adolescence where his perspective on life was altered by his exposure to a multitude of film genres, Exantus always found himself at the crossroads of financial achievement and responsibility. His seminal moment came while working at the now defunct video store when a co-worker alerted him to an open opportunity to become a teller at a Chase Bank. Thus began his career in the banking industry, where he went on to hold almost every position within the service. With those years of experience under his belt, Ash doesn’t only possess the ability to relate to his clients, he also has the knowledge necessary to effectively impact their lives.
The revelation that he has a purpose in life, a calling to change perspectives, the lives of many who are looking to break free of the shackles of financial enslavement, is what gets him out of bed in the morning. Very few would dare to go against the conventional trend of modern day consumerism, but Exantus proudly speaks out against the idea of using money for things. Generational wealth, money that is passed onto future generations and used as a tool for success, rather than a product of it, is a teachable lesson that which he will use to leave his mark on the world.
“Life is a journey not a destination”
Ash Exantus is the head of financial education at BankMobile; a digital app that provides a financially empowering banking experience to 2 million plus customers. He’s published various books including “What the FICO: 12 Steps to Repairing Your Credit” and “Mind Right, Money Right: 10 Laws of Financial Freedom.” You can hear him on the weekly edition of “The Ash Cash Show,” on WHCR 90.3 FM, as well as on Bank Mobile’s “Money Mondays with Ash Cash.”