Who we are

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Our Story

In the field of IT, Ascent Solutions is unique. It’s something that can be felt whether stepping foot in our Minneapolis headquarters, working with our consultants in the field, or interacting with our office team.

But it’s not the office we work from or the tools we use that make us different. It’s the character of the people who call themselves Ascent Stewards. It’s the reason our employees love coming into work each day. And it’s why so many of our customers return to work with us, time and time again. Our Stewards are dedicated to each other and promise to show that same dedication to every customer we have the privilege to serve.


Lead with your heart. Create mutual success.

The Ascent Solutions leadership team has over 180 years of combined experience creating unparalleled IT strategy for organizations of all sizes.

Will Clevenger

Senior Managing Director, Sales

Josh Decker

Senior Director, Services

Peter Dowd

Senior Managing Director, Operations

Brandy Dressen

Director, Delivery Excellence and PMO

Jason Floyd

Chief Technology Officer and Director of Cybersecurity

Howard Friedman

Senior Managing Director, Strategy

JD Harris

Chief Executive Officer

Tamara Henning

Director, Sales

Chad Holmen

Director, IT

Justin Jones

Senior Director, Core Services

Mark Klein

Director, Collaborative Enterprise / HLS

Mike Krueger

Chief Financial Officer

Tony Lust

Director, Sales

Crystal Nellermoe


Shawna Peters

Director, Recruiting

Sean Stavast

Senior Director, Marketing

Chris Turnquist

Senior Managing Director, Strategic Accounts

Inga Weierke

Director, HR

Tim Zabilla

Chief Technology Officer and Senior Managing Director

Wendy Garrity

JD Harris

Ryan McKinney

Joel Moryn

Terry Palmberg

Loren Unterseher

Who We Work With

Ascent customers are repeat customers.

We worked with Ascent Solutions to prepare for an M&A event. What we liked was that they approached everything they did through a business lens…specifically how the technology of both companies would impact the business and the merger.

They met our aggressive timelines with understanding and provided a thorough, intelligent output that enabled us to make the right business decision. We didn't know that this type of expertise existed prior to working with Ascent, and highly recommend them for their work, professionalism, and the speed to value we received.

CEO, Auctioneering Co-op

I was introduced to Ascent Solutions in 2015 by a colleague at a networking event looking for extremely high-quality resources to fix some challenging infrastructure issues. In my first experience with Ascent they were top notch and were able to correct my immediate issues.

Through that experience we engaged Ascent on many more proactive projects of a more strategic nature. They have been extremely flexible and their resources highly qualified for the work required. They engage us with what we need to have done and make sure we are highly satisfied. Ascent is now a highly valued partner to us and are a key part to infrastructure projects and strategy for our company.

CIO, Educational Testing Firm

Our current I.T. Ops team has a wealth of experience and expects a lot from the partners we work with, making it difficult for any company to live up to their expectations. Through reference calls and meetings, we immediately felt that Ascent had the talent and pricing to match what we needed for our O365 migration, but more than that, we quickly found that Ascent’s engineers are both bright, and similar to our team, work as a unit.

That hard work is personally meaningful to me when I look at partnerships. The Ascent team was always willing to do whatever it took to make the project successful. If it’s hard to separate the team by employees vs consultants, I think you have found a life-long partner.

At one point, we had debates internally about costs and issues with the project, but the Ascent team didn’t push that message, instead they continued to focus on the work while we worked through those details. The flexibility and empathy shown by Ascent while we were working through those changes within our company was sincerely appreciated.

Sr Director I.T. Operations,
Regional Grocery Company

Success Stories

While our cybersecurity projects are top secret, some even code named, many of our customers across all of our service lines have generously agreed to talk about their experience with us.

Global Specialty Insurance company


Ascent Solutions develops a custom security strategy for a Global Specialty Insurance Company to incorporate and optimize on the Cisco and Microsoft security investments they’ve already made. The Ascent team quickly aligned the tools they had to cover security gaps in their environment and increase their overall security maturity by two levels by developing an actionable roadmap to bring them from POC to production in a safe and accelerated manor.

Regional Healthcare Provider


Ascent’s Productivity team assisted in identifying solutions for a long-standing technical issue on the first day of an engagement with a Regional Healthcare Provider, building immediate trust and allowing the customer’s resources to focus on other critical business needs.