Why ASCENT Select?

We believe in providing services that challenge the status quo and are unique to the industry.

We are doing this by enabling our clients to hire top tier professionals quickly without sacrificing quality at capped rates, guaranteed cultural fit, and unique to the industry guarantees.

We Value Strategic Partnerships and as a result our clients hire us for the following reasons –

  • We Believe in Doing What is Right, Not What is Easy!

  • We always strive to exceed expectations

  • Unparalleled candidate presentation guarantee!

  • We Provide Unique to the Industry Capped Fees and Industry Best Guarantees

  • We Visit Clients on Our Dime – Ensures Efficient Search Process

  • Haste Makes Waste & The Devil is in the Details

  • We Guarantee Cultural Fit

  • 40-Hour Weeks are Status Quo – ASCENT Select is NOT Status Quo!

ASCENT Select can help you Solve Your People Problems

Our Team

Our team members have been scrutinized and carefully selected so our clients work with only the best. Our team members have decades of experience in recruiting, vetting and placing professionals within Finance, Operations, IT, Human Resources, Sales, Marketing, Legal, Supply Chain, and Logistics.

Mike Sudermann
Mike Sudermann Co-Founder & 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, Legal, HR, IT, Operations, and Sales. Career Strategist, Best selling author, speaker, and podcaster.

Contact Info:
Phone: 336-404-4610

Robert Schuler - Ohio
Robert Schuler - OhioVP Procurement -Direct Hire & Contract
Expertise: 25 years experience working in procurement, saving companies over $400 Million.

Contact Info: Phone: 336-404-4610

Ron Lutz - North Carolina & Georgia
Ron Lutz - North Carolina & GeorgiaEVP 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 - California
Bud Brainerd - CaliforniaEVP 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

Jane Prugh - Chicago
Jane Prugh - ChicagoClient Partner, Chicagoland / Milwaukee
Expertise: Operations & 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. - Philadelphia
Dr. Brett Bell, Psy.D. - PhiladelphiaSr. Partner -Talent Strategy
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 - North Carolina
Expertise: Finance, IT & Human Resources

Contact Info:
Phone: 336-404-4610

Client Feedback

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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