Awesome people for incentive travel.
As President and Founder of Ascent Performance Group, Scott is focused on the general management of the Ascent family of Performance Improvement companies, MediaAscent and DirectAscent, as well as the company’s destination and event-specific brands including Circle of Life Safaris, Cuba Incentive Travel Associates and The Life Classic Invitational. Scott is involved in all aspects of the day-to-day design, planning and management of the company’s various group travel operations, including on-site program management whenever possible.
Scott founded Ascent in 2000 and has worked in the Performance Improvement and Group Incentive Travel business for over 25 years (including 10 years with Maritz).
Scott suffers from a near obsessive pre-occupation with reward travel and business results.
As Vice President of Sales and Business Development for MediaAscent, Ressie is responsible for the delivery of all aspects of MediaAscent’s programs. In addition to providing sales, marketing, and program development leadership, Ressie also leads our on-site travel staff for most MediaAscent programs. She partners closely with our media clients’ executive level sales leadership to engineer reward strategies that deliver significant revenue increases and strengthened business relationships.
Ressie has amassed over 20 years’ experience in media sales management and sales productivity programs with The Houston Chronicle, The Denver Newspaper Agency, and MediaAscent.
Ressie eats, sleeps, and dreams revenue increases on behalf of our media clients.
As Vice President of Sales for MediaAscent Associates, Julie is responsible for the sales of our range of sales productivity services to the media industry. Julie works closely with our media clients’ executive level sales management team to design and deliver travel-based Advertiser Reward Programs and Sales Rep Incentive Programs, to include program focused sales training. Her expertise is also available for more extensive media industry sales training and sales process support.
Julie has accumulated 18 years’ experience in broadcast media sales, management and training within the radio and television industries, with Cox Television and Morrison and Abraham.
Julie understands first-hand the high-leverage payoff of station level travel-focused media reward programs.
As the Director of Accounting and Human Resources at Ascent, Heather is responsible for managing the company’s finances to include client billing and supplier management as well as providing human resources support for our great team of associates. She is responsible for talent acquisition, staffing, and employment processing. She is one of the most senior members of our team, having been with Ascent since 2000.
Heather’s background is in marketing research and analysis. She began her career at the Keebler Company, before joining Ascent and assuming a variety of roles with increasing responsibility.
Heather is Ascent’s standard bearer for accuracy and timeliness of all things financial.
As Director of Enterprise Operations, Claudia is focused on helping Ascent streamline operations, organize and warehouse client data, and improve operational efficiency. As a direct result of Claudia’s efforts our clients receive faster, better, more detailed information, and the delivery of our incentive travel services is more timely, well organized, and high quality.
Claudia’s blue chip project management skills and high level training in the information sciences equip her well to manage client data and improve company operations. Incentive travel is a detail business, and Claudia provides our client’s invaluable quality control.
Claudia’s remarkable ability to organize information makes her the mastermind behind everything we do.
As Director of Client Services, Amelia is responsible for managing travel program award winners experience before, during and after program operation. Amelia stays busy managing group flight research, drafting program communications, managing airline ticketing and participant extensions and ensuring a smooth registration process. She is the backbone of our behind the scenes operations and has a gift for keeping things running smoothly and on time.
Amelia spent the early part of her career planning and conducting hiring fairs for international college students around the globe. Her experience also includes Ad Agency client services and marketing communications work.
Amelia makes instant friends with program qualifiers, and she has a lot of friends.
As Director of Marketing, Kelly constantly has her eye on new ways to deliver information to our clients and to reinforce their brand to Advertisers. She instinctively brings together content with the best electronic and print tools to deliver an awesome performance-motivating, revenue-generating message.
Prior to Ascent, Kelly worked in marketing and internet communications for several healthcare-related organizations including the Kaiser Family Foundation in Washington, DC.
Kelly’s content management, communications expertise and project management skills are a force to be reckoned with.
As Program Manager, Casey is responsible for developing new business as well as managing all aspects of our client programs to Cuba. She works carefully to ensure that each travel program’s scope and budget meets client expectations.
Casey’s background is in business communications and she has worked for Ascent in a variety of roles from marketing to planning. Having so many different perspectives on incentive programs has prepared her to break ground on new opportunities in Cuba.
Casey is intuitive in her understanding of client needs and she is the backbone of our operations in Cuba.
As Program Manager for Ascent, Allison works as a planner, team leader and liaison for client incentive travel programs. She manages the overall coordination and execution of client programs with special focus on innovative itinerary design.
Allison comes to Ascent directly from the media industry. With over 25 years sales experience with The Houston Chronicle, Allison knows what it takes to motivate sales staff and help clients engage their customers.
Allison harnesses her boundless creativity and energy to create big wins for our clients.
As Manager of Sales Support for Ascent, Nefrethery is responsible for working closely with Account Managers to ensure a travel program’s scope and budget meet client expectations. Nefrethery thoroughly researches, evaluates and recommended hotels and venues all over the world – ensuring award winners have a true incentive quality experience.
Nefrethery has an extensive background in engineering, banking and supply chain management. When she’s not crunching numbers, she’s using her staunch negotiation skills to bring value to our programs.
Nefrethery’s incentive travel programs increase revenue for our clients. She consistently makes Sales Managers very happy.
As a Client Services Administrator for Ascent, Jamie facilitates travel award winner’s registrations, creates and organizes participant communications and provides support for program travel planners.
Before joining Ascent, Jamie worked in medical research and supported the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division. As our resident scientist, Jamie uses her laser focus and strategic thinking to help our clients deliver successful programs.
Jamie brings tremendous passion and professionalism to all her assignments and does so with flair and enthusiasm.
As a Client Services Administrator for Ascent, Lindsey facilitates travel award winner’s registrations, creates and organizes participant communications and provides support for program travel planners.
Prior to joining Ascent, Lindsey worked in a variety of industries including education, consulting and supply chain management. She uses her breadth of project management experience every day in her role orchestrating client program details.
Lindsey has an eye for detail and adheres to a standard of excellence in everything she does.
As Accounting and Human Resources Manager, Dorothy manages Ascent’s finances including client billing and supplier management. Additionally, Dorothy provides human resources support for our great team of associates and manages day-to-day office operations.
Dorothy comes to Ascent from the world of collegiate fundraising and alumni relations, where attention to detail and relationship building is critical to success.
Dorothy is a resolute problem solver and her contributions to our reporting systems have been immeasurable.
As a Client Services Coordinator for Ascent, Erica plans, organizes and executes all aspects of participant travel communications. She is our resolute master of logistics and a key member on the Client Services team.
Erica’s background in community fundraising and event planning gives her a unique understanding of how the smallest of details can contribute to the overall success of a program.
Erica’s take-charge, get-it-done personality inspires her team and makes clients shine.