Why ASCENT Select?

We are a Holistic Talent Capital firm – Your Single Source for Talent Acquisition | Talent Optimization | Talent Offboarding.

It’s Not About Us, It’s About You! Your company growth, optimization, and if needed, career strategy / job search coaching for outgoing employees.

Talent Acquisition – GET “Perfect Fit” candidates quickly without sacrificing quality.  As an added bonus, we will do this in 45-days or less, guaranteed!

All our services are customized, provide the highest touch, and the best value on the planet.

  • Guaranteed Team and Cultural fit on all candidates presented!

  • Unparalleled candidate presentation guarantee!

  • Flat Search Fee’s & Project Based Recruiting Options

  • We are Fast without sacrificing quality

Over 300 placements and provided multiple companies with our project-based recruiting services, 100% Guaranteed!

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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 place superstars with companies who only want the best! Companies who want collaborative, strategic partners who understand the devil is in the details. Our team members are industry experts within manufacturing, food & beverage, hospitality, retail, medical, & financial services.

We have you covered whether needing a fast hire without sacrificing quality, business/talent optimization strategies, or unexpected downsizing.

Mike Sudermann
Mike SudermannFounder & CEO
Expertise: Has made over 300 direct hire placements. Specializes in direct hire and project based recruiting. Functional niche is Finance, All Things Supply Chain, Operations, and Sales. Career Strategist, Best selling author, speaker, and podcaster.

Contact Info:
Phone: 336-404-4610

Veronica Sommer
Veronica SommerVP Strategic Accounts - Outplacement
Expertise: 22 years recruiting and career advising experience having conducted more than 500 placements and advised tens of thousands of professionals. Veronica is the Founder of Indigo Partners, a boutique talent advisory firm. Veronica was named to CT Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 list in 2011. Veronica is also the Founder of The Kindness Solution and a fierce advocate to end child / human trafficking.

Contact Info: Phone: 203-615-3285

Jane Prugh
Jane PrughClient Partner, Chicagoland / Milwaukee
Expertise: Information Technology
20+ years placing top grade mid-to-senior level IT Executives

Contact Info:
Phone: 336-404-4610

Jeff Oliver
Jeff Oliver Client Partner, Texas
Expertise: Information Technology

Contact Info:
Phone: 832-258-1367

Dr. Brett Bell, Psy.D.
Dr. Brett Bell, Psy.D.Sr. Partner -Talent Optimization & Outplacement
Expertise: Executive Advising, Strategy & Human Capital Optimization. Aligns people and processes so businesses meet strategic objectives

Contact Info:
Phone: 267-346-8076

Mark Bradley
Mark BradleyClient Partner
Expertise: IT, Engineering and Human Resources

Contact Info:
Phone: 336-404-4610

Ron Lutz
Ron Lutz EVP Talent Optimization
Expertise: 30+ years of leadership experience holding EVP titles and guiding Fortune 100 companies. Expertise in building large scale strategic plans to include innovative customer experiences, transformational growth, customer creation (CX), change management, omni channel integration and leadership development.

Certified Executive Coach – (CEC), mentor, and executive advisor

Contact Info:
Phone: 704-450-1568

Bud Brainerd
Bud BrainerdEVP Talent Optimization
Expertise: Certified Executive Coach, Gallup Certified Strengths Coach, Leadership, Change Management, Conflict Management, Communication, Management Consulting; Human Resource Consulting; Start-up Consulting.

Contact Info:
Phone: 704-313-9588


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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