Van Nuys, California
The oldest of three brothers, Dimitry Ashbel was born in Gomel, Belarus, which at the time was still part of the Soviet Union. When he was 15, his family emigrated to America, moving to Ohio. The early years in Cleveland were not easy for his family. Dimitry’s father would get the boys help to round up discarded furniture to turn their bare apartment into livable space. To put a dinner on the table for the family, his father would buy the least costly cuts of meat. The first time Dimitry encountered a full box of cereal, he was afraid to eat too much of it, for fear his younger brothers would go hungry.
When the Ashbels moved again in 1989, it was to the Los Angeles area. There, Dimitry attended Bancroft Junior High in Hollywood and then Fairfax High. In addition to his academic work, Dmitry continued his music studies. Back in Gomel, Dimitry had attended Music School for five years, majoring in percussion. Later, in Ohio, he played percussion in the Cleveland Youth Symphony Orchestra. Now, while still at Fairfax High in Los Angeles, Dimitry became a member of the Cal State L.A. Percussion Band.
In 1994, at LA Valley College, Dimitry began to study Business Administration and Economics. His studies in these subjects continued at California State University at Northridge, ultimately leading to a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix in 1998.
By 2001, Dimitry had begun to create various business ventures, including Ashbel, Inc., which provides consulting services for healthcare companies. As Dimitry’s businesses grew more profitable, they began to generate funds that could be used for the public good. Over the coming years, Dimitry became a Certified Board and Care Administrator as well as a Certified Group Home Administrator. In 2005, he co-founded a group home for children called Grandma’s House and from 1998 to the present he has operated a number of Board and Care facilities, which now provide a total of 175 beds. He has operated San Fernando Valley Adult Healthcare since 2000. When the opportunity arose, between 2007 and 2010, Dimitry partnered with the Long Beach Food Bank to run a local food bank that fed thousands of needy people here in the Valley.
In addition to all this, the man is devoted to Mixed Martial Arts. Although he is extremely busy, Dimitry is lucky to have his best friend close at hand. His 14-year-old son Carl is a great person to hand out with.