About Us

It’s Not About Us, It’s About You! RESULTS are what you are looking for and that is what we do. We discover for our clients the
“Perfect Fit” candidate quickly without sacrificing quality and have done this more than 300 times. As an added bonus, we will do this in 45-days or less.  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:

  • Cultural fit assessments on all candidates presented using the Predictive Index

  • 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 search partners, call us now to discuss how ASCENT Select can quickly help you achieve your executive search needs.

Our Team

We provide three (3) services – Executive Search, Talent Optimization coupled with Business Performance Strategies, and Reduction in Force e-Learning System. We are your single source for anything talent capital related and are here to help you optimize hiring whether internally or externally and improve your business performance.

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

Mike Sudermann
Mike SudermannFounder & President
Director to C-Suite, Finance, All Things Supply Chain, Operations, and Sales
Case Studies

    • 36 Days from the signed search agreement to the offer! The company experienced two declined offers and was told by both internal and external recruiters that the market was dry and the position could not be filled.
    • VP Finance identified and ready for hire in 29-days by 400+ chain restaurant organization.

Recent Searches

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

Contact Info:
Phone: 336-404-4610

Dave Baker
Dave BakerSr. Client Partner -Human Resources
Specialty in Leadership & Talent Optimization

Areas of Expertise:

      • President –Palmetto Leadership Center
      • ASCENT Select Affiliate Partner
      • Strategic Planning, Team Development, Change Management, Front-Line Leader Mentoring & Organizational Development

Recent Searches

      • Developed position profiles for leaders in $2.5B manufacturer
      • HR team building & transition
      • Executive Coach for leaders in growing $100 M company
      • Business Plan review and action planning for $75M company

Favorite Quote
“Good is the enemy of great” – Jim Collins

Dave has over 25-years of experience working in human resources as a leadership & organizational development expert. He knows that in today’s fast-paced, rapidly changing work environment, it’s essential that executive leadership find the balance between growth of their bottom line and meeting the needs of their people.

He provides leaders strategic tools to enhance individual and team performance while improving their leadership presence, personal effectiveness, and influence on others to meet the demands of today’s dynamic manufacturing environments.

Dave is currently President of Palmetto Leadership Center provides a unique offsite setting for leaders and their teams to step back and get clarity about key issues. The center provides space for a quiet retreat, and also serve as facilitators if desired to ensure a favorable outcome. Situated on 60+ acres, the facility is uniquely designed to provide rigorous team training sessions or relaxing, reflective retreats.

Dave 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.

In his spare time, Dave enjoys spending time with his wife Donna, traveling, outdoor sports and working on his 62-acre farm.

Contact Info:
Phone: 336-485-8330

Tim Lane
Tim LaneClient Partner
United Kingdom / Cyber Security, IoT

Areas of Expertise:

      • Cyber Security, IoT, and all IT
      • Defense (NATO and Defense)
      • ASCENT Select Affiliate Partner
      • Multi-National and Multi-Cultural

Recent Searches
Proclaim Developer for Legal Firm Manchester; Digital Project Manager for Gaming / Marketing Firm Manchester; Contract Bid Manager for Microsoft London; Brand Director for Telco Firm London and IoT Developer Defence Firm Germany

Favorite Quote
“What goes around, comes around” – otherwise known as Karma…..and “A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.
John C. Maxwell (US Clergyman)

Contact Info:
Phone: +44-161-804-2013

Jane Prugh
Jane PrughClient Partner
Information Technology

Areas of Expertise:

      • President / CEO of Corporate Strategic Resources
      • ASCENT Select Affiliate Partner
      • Information Technology
      • Chicagoland / Milwaukee

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

Jane Prugh is a specialist in Executive IT Search and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from her early days at Cap Gemini America, Computer Services Corporation, AG Consulting (ADP), Deloitte & Touche and Ken Blanchard Companies.

Jane conducts a rigorous search and qualification process which has resulted in 100% placement of all candidates. Meaning zero offer turndowns. Her due diligence and quality requirements align with Ascent Selects strict, robust professional qualification process and is why we handpicked Jane and CRS to work with us.

“Jane knows where the top IT executive talent resides in the Chicago/Milwaukee area. Jane is very thoughtful, honest and a straightforward recruiter and, she spends countless hours building the trust and transparency into place to foster the best relationships between all the best and brightest people.” ~ D. Deco, CTO

Contact Info:
Phone: 336-485-8330

John Francis
John FrancisClient Partner
Engineering / Canada

Areas of Expertise:

      • Natural Resources
      • ASCENT Select Affiliate Partner
      • Technical
      • Chemical & Mechanical Engineering
      • Power / Energy & Manufacturing

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

Favorite Quote
“I am I plus my circumstances” Jose Ortega y Gasset

John specializes in placing mid-to-senior level executives in highly technical roles to include chemical, manufacturing, energy and construction throughout Canada and Internationally. John also works with clients with integrating talent management and HRIS strategies. He is the founder of an innovative software program called TheResumeFilter that helps screen and sort applicants more efficiently, reducing labor costs and saving organizations thousands of hours evaluating resumes.

John is a graduate of Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium with a Masters in Philosophy and takes ethics, business and personal integrity very seriously. He is an active member of numerous professional associations and environmentally focused organizations.

Contact Info:
Phone: 336-485-8330

Mark Bradley
Mark BradleyClient Partner
Engineering / IT

Areas of Expertise:

      • Information Technology
      • RPO Services
      • Engineering

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

Favorite Quote
“Vision without execution is hallucination” -Thomas Edison

Contact Info:
Phone: 336-485-8330


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


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