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Deanna Bond

Deanna Bond

“Like trying to catch lightning in a bottle” is the way one person described Deanna Bond, whose broad background and many successes in marketing defy our ability to provide adequate description of such a talented person in a short bio.

Conscientious, organized, and amazingly resourceful, Deanna has a very diverse skill set in real-life customer relationship management, research, event planning and project management.  She calls it “Perceptive Situational Assessment” – a way to quickly distill facts and come up with solutions that are on-target and provide clients results beyond their expectations.

Among those with whom she’s worked with during her career are John W. Peavy III, T. Boone Pickens, and Lamar Hunt. Quite a roster!

With interests including quantum physics, complementary medicine, spirituality, faith and healing, Deanna’s education includes a B.B.A. in Marketing & Finance from the University of Texas at Arlington, (graduating with highest honors). She has done additional work in the Pan American University Honors Studies Program, a part of the University of Texas in Edinburg, Texas.

Deanna and her partner Ryan live in North Texas.

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Charlie Christensen

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Charlie is “Mr. Collaboration” in the already collaborative culture at Ascend. He is a master consensus-driver, a clear communicator and a general inspiration to the teams on which he participates. His professional focus spans a business-based IT spectrum that includes IT management, software development, product management, internet technology, strategic planning and finance. He has a gift for identifying critical business issues and developing solutions that reduce cost, improve processes and enhance customer service. Charlie is an avid bicycler whose current annual record—which he hopes someday to break—is 8,000 miles.

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Cindy Cunningham

Cindy Cunningham

Cindy Cunningham is Ascend’s “secret weapon” when it comes to reporting and analysis.  With over 20 years’ experience in the world of telecom, Cindy has mastered the art of understanding the insights data provides and translates it all into actionable information – so that valuable business isn’t lost through neglect, but rather grown through customer knowledge.  Customer retention is her specialty!

Part of the Ascend team for over seven years, Cindy is married with two children and enjoys reading, sewing, boating and making her yard the best-looking one in the neighborhood.

“Three words that best describe me are cheerful, friendly and punctual,” Cindy says, “I love to help people make the best out of each day!”

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Pam Dempsey

Pam Dempsey

Pam Dempsey’s timely and inspired delivery makes her an essential member of our creative staff. Pam has over 25 years experience specializing in graphic design, digital and web marketing, direct mail, email and print collateral communications.

Pam has held corporate communication and graphic design positions at Ernst & Young and JPMorgan Investment Banking. She enjoys working at Ascend for the opportunity to learn and develop new areas of expertise.

She earned her BBA in Marketing from UT Arlington with additional studies in Visual Communications and Advertising Art.

Pam is married and has two daughters.

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Peter DeTrempe

As one of eleven children, Peter learned everything he needed to know about collaboration, negotiation and the true meaning of a sharing economy by the time he was in kindergarten. Today he facilitates companies through critical change to meet their business objectives. Peter has served in senior leadership positions on both client and agency sides, and has helped industry-leading companies develop new products, enter new markets, expand market share and increase customer engagement and loyalty. Strong on innovation and data-driven marketing strategy, he develops programs focused on clients’ most challenging goals. Peter is a passionate mentor in his personal and professional life, and he was recently named to the board of directors for On the Road Lending, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing accessible transportation to those in need.

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Pamela Fleming

Pam Fleming

Creative, original, and funny describe Pamela Fleming. Having worked in diverse industries including consumer product goods, professional services, commercial real estate development and telecom, Pam’s rich background allows her to bring a wealth of marketing and project management experience to the table.

Her areas of expertise are expansive and include brand development and video production, website development, marketing planning and strategy, promotional campaign strategy and execution, to list a few. Pam enjoys the challenge of working on different types of projects, especially when they require use of her favorite skills.

She studied at Southern Methodist University and has been on the cover of The Dallas Morning News.

As a coffee connoisseur, Pam’s favorite aspect of working at Ascend is having two different coffee machines to choose from!

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Ron Handwerk

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Ron exemplifies behavior that the customer always comes first and is willing to do all he can to satisfy their needs.
 
With over 26 years with Verizon, Ron obtained a plethora of marketing and sales support experience.  From copy writing, sales collateral development, direct mail, printing, trade shows, ad agency advertising and call center exposure… his experience is vast and he’s always willing to learn more and share his knowledge.
 
Ron was born and raised in central Pennsylvania.  He is an avid nature and outdoors lover that enjoys sports, home fixer-upper projects, working in the yard, or hiking in the woods. 
 
Ron resides in the Baltimore Maryland area with his wife and two kids. On days off he can typically be found working on a home project or running to his children’s sporting events.  He enjoys spending time with friends, values his friendships and believes that unique interesting individuals make the world go round.

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Steve Judge

Steve Judge

Steve Judge comes to Ascend with over 30 years in advertising and marketing ─ much of it from the agency side. He understands how to connect with customers using visual technology.

Working with a great number of verticals and Fortune 500 clients over his illustrious career, Steve has great insight into how marketing departments work and how they need help. Coupled with his marketing prowess, Steve’s functional management skills include account management, creative, IT, production, finance and HR.

Steve’s Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts is from the University of Kansas. He and his wife, Linda, have five kids (four boys and a girl) ─ all out of college and successfully launched! Steve loves travel, golf, theater, reading, “sampling” wine and the symphony.

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Drew Lillie

Drew Lillie

Bringing a wealth of product marketing and program management experience to Ascend from the telecommunications, retail energy and packaged goods industries, Drew Lillie has over 20 years of hands-on, client-side experience developing and implementing successful marketing strategies, offers and programs for both Fortune 500 companies and mid-size firms.

Positive, inquisitive, and supportive, Drew has a passion for identifying pertinent customer insights that can help to enhance the customer experience and to drive incremental business.

Drew earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Florida and an MBA with concentrations in Marketing, Finance and International Business from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. In between earning his degrees, he spent a couple of years as a commercial banker in southwest Florida, developing a strong preference for beachfront real estate deals!

Married with a daughter and a son, Drew enjoys reading, spending time with family, and sports, particularly hockey.  No doubt, being the son of Canadian parents and spending a large portion of his childhood in Minnesota means he comes by this passion for hockey honestly!  In fact, introducing the sport to his kids and teaching his son to play the game continues a long-time, family legacy with hockey…even in the heat of Texas!  They hope to see the Dallas Stars win another Stanley Cup before too long!

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Victoria Milner

Victoria Milner

We are treated every day by Victoria’s presence. Always putting the client first, she views clients more like extensions of her friends and family. With a great sense of humor (she did stand up comedy in the past) and constantly striving for excellence, she’s always available to coach Ascend teammates.

With expertise spanning marketing communications, digital communications streams, and marketing process, Victoria held senior level marketing and operations positions in the cable and telecom industries prior to joining Ascend.

Victoria holds a communications certification from the Wharton School of Business. Married with two children, her interests include music, singing and reading.

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Stephanie Perks

Stephanie Perks

A well-rounded individual, Stephanie Perks brings together a civil engineering education with experience in sales and analytics, and has connected all of it with a passion for marketing – enabling organizations to succeed through her unique perspective.

With such a broad background, Stephanie understands how marketing’s influence can impact the rest of the organization, providing operational alignment and project management expertise to execute the most important programs flawlessly.

“One thing I love about Ascend is the flexibility it affords me to be a devoted wife, mom of four, and serve in our church’s youth ministry – in addition to my other passions - singing, snowboarding and running!”

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Nathan Procknow

Nathan Procknow

Nathan joins the Ascend team with over 15 years of experience in design and art direction. He has great attention to detail and can lift a company's brand presence with his exquisitely crafted work. Having forgone speech almost entirely, he prefers to reserve his communication skills for our clients. Past accounts include Texas Monthly, NatureSweet and Clear Channel Communications.

Nathan currently resides in Kyle, Texas with a wife who is out of his league and three children who are out of their minds.

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Josh White

Josh White

Josh White is Ascend’s go to team member for his in-depth knowledge and expertise in data analysis and report creation.

A ten-year veteran of Verizon he is passionate about being easy to reach, highly responsive and always making time for follow up. Josh’s mantra, “Quality is incredibly important, but quick response time is invaluable.”

Agile, approachable and focused, Josh is a highly valuable Ascend team member and a major asset to all his clients.

Josh thrives when working in a collaborative team environment. He loves a good challenge and feels the variety of work and projects at Ascend creates exciting opportunities.

Josh has a rich and varied educational background. He majored in Jazz Performance and has experience as an ambulance driver!

When asked what one thing people would be surprised to know about him, Josh is proud to recount he lived and worked in the woods of New England for three years as a wilderness medic.

Josh and his wife Maria have two cats. His biggest focus outside work and family is motorcycling and watching and attending Moto races.


Judy Wreyford

Judy Wreyford

Detailed, resourceful and trustworthy are adjectives describing Judy Wreyford. Her work at Ascend is multifaceted and behind-the-scenes.

Judy specializes in various aspects of accounting, including financial analysis, budget preparation, accounting controls and general accounting functions. She also has expertise in human resources and office management.

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