Why ASCENT Select?

We are a holistic talent capital firm – your single source for Talent Acquisition, Talent Optimization, and Talent Offboarding.

It’s Not About Us, It’s About You! Your company growth, optimization, and if needed, offboarding. All our services are customized, provide the highest touch, and the best value on the planet.

Talent Acquisition, we provide the “Perfect Fit” candidate quickly without sacrificing quality having successfully done this more than 300 times. As an added bonus, we will do this in 45-days or less, guaranteed!  Our team specializes in mid-to-senior level finance, logistics, supply chain, operations, IT, and sales professionals.

We are specialists in job acceptances and long-term placements providing:

  • Guaranteed Team and Cultural fit on all candidates presented!

  • Unparalleled candidate presentation guarantee
  • Flat Search Fee’s

We have made over 300 placements and helped multiple companies with our project-based recruiting services.

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If you enjoy working with collaborative, strategic partners, call us now to discuss how ASCENT Select can help you achieve your talent capital needs.

Our Team

Our team members are industry experts with an average of 19-years experience. They are highly connected within industry and work with clients worldwide.

Mike Sudermann
Mike SudermannFounder & President
Expertise: Director to C-Suite in Finance, All Things Supply Chain, Operations, and Sales

Recent Searches: VP Finance, Director FP&A, Chief Financial Officer, VP FP&A, SVP Sales, Chief Procurement Officer, SVP Distribution, Director of Global Supply Chain, VP Strategic Sourcing, Chief Executive Officer.

Case Studies:

    • 36 Days from the signed search agreement to the offer!
    • VP Finance identified and ready for hire in 29-days by 400+ chain restaurant organization.
    • SAVED client $120,000 on hiring costs!
    • 98% Job Offer Acceptance Rate

Contact Info:
Phone: 336-404-4610

Dave Baker
Dave BakerSr. Partner -Leadership Development & Advising
Expertise: Specialist in Leadership & Talent Optimization with 25-years of experience working in HR leadership & organizational development. He has an M.S. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, holds certifications in Human Resource Management (SPHR & SHRM-SCP) and Interaction Management™ with DDI, Inc., and is a Certified Executive Coach. He is currently the President of Palmetto Leadership Center based in Anderson, SC.

Case Studies:

    • Developed position profiles for leaders in a $2.5 B manufacturer
    • HR Team building and transition
    • Executive coaching for leaders in growing $100 M company

Contact Info: Phone: 864-710-3783

Dr. Brett Bell, Psy.D.
Dr. Brett Bell, Psy.D.Sr. Partner - Executive Advising, Strategy & Human Capital Optimization
Expertise: Diagnosing human capital challenges within organizations, aligning people, and processes by leveraging data to initiate results needed to propel organizations forward in meeting strategic objectives.

Case Studies:

    • Innovative approach has produced powerful results for a vast number of clients in Fortune 500, biotech, technology, retail, hospitality, entertainment, professional sports, and creative sectors.

Contact Info:
Phone: 267-346-8076

Tim Lane
Tim LaneClient Partner, United Kingdom
Expertise: Cyber Secruity and IoT

Recent Searches: Director of Cyber Security, VP Iot, Chief IT

Contact Info:
Phone: 336-404-4610

Jane Prugh
Jane PrughClient Partner, Chicagoland / Milwaukee
Expertise: Information Technology

Recent Searches: Director of Infrastructure Services, Director Legacy Systems, Director Data Center Systems, Assistant Director of IDM, Applications Systems Manager, Data Network Operations Manager

Contact Info:
Phone: 336-404-4610

John Francis
John FrancisClient Partner, Canada
Expertise: Manufacturing & Engineering

Recent Searches Director of Engineering, VP Operations, CI Engineer, Chemical Engineer, Wind Power Engineer

Contact Info:
Phone: 336-404-4610

Mark Bradley
Mark BradleyClient Partner, Southeast Region
Expertise: Information Technology, Engineering, RPO Services

Recent Searches: Director of IT, Application Security Engineer, Director of Infrastructure Operations, VP Infrastructure

Contact Info:
Phone: 336-404-4610


Bruce Baden

Mike has provided 20-30 other strong candidates for my group to interview and we have built a terrific staff in only 9 short months. Mike is very effective vetting candidates and only offering those who he feels will fit our culture and our specific needs. It has been great working with Mike this past year and I know he will continue to bring talent to me when our organization has a need.

Bruce Baden, CPA, Assistant Controller, LF USA, VP
Jonita Luck

It has been my pleasure to work with Mike both as a candidate and a client. He is by far the most engaged and responsive recruiter I have ever worked with and is unparalleled in the industry. He goes the extra mile to truly understand your organization and culture. He gives both candidate and client the same attention and respect. It is a privilege to recommend Mike.

Jonita Luck, VP Human Resources, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Hilco Transport, Inc
Chad Patterson

Mike’s attention to detail and ability to make time to discuss a situation is unusual in the manufacturing industry. He answers questions or concerns before they are asked and presents options for considerations. It’s his personal drive within recruiting that is truly a positive attribute than I’ve experienced with others seeking just a placement. Mike represents both the candidate as well as the client with respect.

Chad Patterson, COO, Big Creek Foods

Mike is a great professional recruiting resource. He is highly client focused with a strong experience in networking. He is well structured and results focused. Mike is a true professional and an expert in his field. He is smart with a sense of humor and his dedication and drive are great. He is excellent with relationship handling and very easy-going. I strongly recommend Mike without hesitation.

Wayne Perrett, Chief HR, Retired
Mike Lee

Mike has become a true business partner to my organization. Mike understands our company’s culture, the challenges and opportunities that we face, and the criticality of targeting the right individuals for the right positions at our company. His deep understanding of our company streamlines the recruiting process and ensures that we meet candidates with the right skills and organizational fit

Mike Lee, CFO, Constellation Brands
Dave Bertram

It was clear from the first time I met Ascent Select’s Managing Partner Mike Sudermann that he believes in establishing a collaborative partnership with his clients that ultimately builds into long-term relationships. Ascent Select uses a very systematic and detailed approach to the recruiting process. Before the actual search process begins, Mike spends considerable time understanding your company and learning about its positioning in the industry. In addition, Mike will meet your key team members and learn your company’s culture, which eventually leads to the selection of candidates with the right chemistry.

Dave Bertram, Former CEO & Chairman, Cycle Gear Retail
Sanjay Shetty
“Wow! That was a very quick decision and an even faster conversion – well done.”
Sanjay Shetty, Supply Chain Consultant


 We do what is right, NOT what is easy!

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