Jane-Spence

Jane Spence

Jane Spence

Jane-Spence

Jane is a results-oriented telecommunications and SaaS marketing professional who brings over 25 years of experience managing integrated marketing campaigns in the B2B and B2C markets to Ascend Marketing. She also brings a core philosophy of marketing that’s brilliant in its simplicity: Make it easy for a customer to engage with and fall in love with your brand. 

Driven by her customer-focused approach—and her natural curiosity—she thrives on identifying root causes of problems and challenges to discover hidden opportunities. She also has an eye for optimizing ROI, uncovering and eliminating unnecessary expenses to ensure that resources are allocated efficiently for maximum returns. 

The best part of her day is collaborating with team members and stakeholders to strategize and implement programs that fuel successful outcomes. Her favorite quote reflects the wisdom found though working with results-driven teams: “Having access to people smarter than you is a blessing not a threat.” 

Jane has a Bachelor of Business Sciences degree from Dallas Baptist University and lived in the Dallas-Fort Worth area for 18 years. She eventually returned to her hometown of Rochester, NY, where she enjoys boating, skiing, experiencing the amazing food, wineries, and microbreweries of the Finger Lakes region, hiking with her red Labs Rogue and Penny, and finding joy with family and friends.

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Tobi Oguntokun

Tobi Oguntokun

Tobi Oguntokun

Tobi Oguntokun
With a rich history spanning 9 years in the IT industry, Tobi Oguntokun has had the privilege of contributing his expertise to esteemed companies like KPMG, Pfizer, and US Bank in roles as Data Analyst, Data Analytics Engineer, and BI Engineer. He is a self-starter, who loves to figure things out and his goal is to cultivate a diverse skillset. Beyond the world of data and technology, Tobi has a deep passion for traveling, as he loves to explore new places and loves to try out new cuisines wherever he goes. Tobi also loves to exercise and keep fit, so he loves going on runs and hiking in new locations.
John Fiedler

John Fiedler

John Fiedler

John Fiedler
John Fiedler has 24 years of experience at Verizon Communications. He is known for being a strategic thinker and hands-on implementer.  John led numerous successful CRM loyalty and retention programs at Verizon and held significant sales enablement roles in launching Verizon’s flagship DSL and Fios Internet and TV products in the Small and Medium Business sales channels. His experience includes 8 years at Texas Instruments as a Program Manager and a Quality Assurance Engineering Manager and 7 1/2 years as an officer in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  John graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a B.S. Degree in Engineering.  He lives in the Washington, D.C. area with his wife and four young adult children.
Yazhini Nandakumar

Yazhini Nandakumar

Yazhini Nandakumar

Yazhini Nandakumar

Yazhini’s (pronounced as Yaa-le-nee) area of expertise is Business Intelligence, creating reports and dashboards, and in-application development and testing. She received her Master’s in ‘Business Analytics’ from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2021. Yazhini loves being creative and was drawn to data analytics by looking at the raw data being transformed into meaningful insights. She lives in the DFW area with her husband and 2 kids. When she’s not running behind them, she loves to spend time in her small backyard vegetable bed or creating fun new art projects.

Aimee Manis

Aimee Manis

Aimee Manis

Aimee Manis

Aimee is a Content Strategist, Writer, Editorial Director and Brand Storyteller with over 15 years of copywriting, editorial, content marketing, brand strategy and in-house agency experience. Creative and marketing expertise across a spectrum of industries, from start-ups to global brands in E-Commerce, Logistics, Tech, SaaS, Retail, Fashion, Beauty, Weddings and Entertainment.

Her expertise includes writing and editing all forms of digital assets across Marketing, Communications and Brand Strategy, from B2B and B2C marketing copy and long-form branded content to brand guidelines, web copy, thought leadership articles, video scripts, corporate responsibility assets and comprehensive messaging frameworks. Customer-first, data-driven approach to editorial direction and content strategy that supports and aligns with business and brand objectives with a distinctive voice, tone and style. Obsessive attention to messaging details that engage and inspire customers through holistic brand storytelling with cohesiveness, consistency, and connection across all digital channels.

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Chris Lewis

Chris Lewis

Chris Lewis

Chris Lewis

With over 25 years of experience with Verizon, Chris is a customer-centric sales and marketing leader experienced in the development and nurturing of customer relationships in constantly changing environments. He has shown the ability to close sales and penetrate new markets to ensure sustainable revenue growth through integrity, communications, and follow-through. He is proficient at leveraging existing networks to successfully close on new contracts while being skilled in account retention by utilizing strong rapport with staff, vendors, and clients.

Chris enjoys spending time away from work with his family, enjoying sporting events, playing golf, and going on boat rides through the different waterways in and around Tampa Bay.

Rakesh Arrabairu

Rakesh Arrabairu

Rakesh Arrabairu

Rakesh Arrabairu

Rakesh Arrabairu has 12 years experience in IT, in the areas of business intelligence and data analytics. He’s fascinated with data analytics, various visualization tools and technologies. Rakesh has implemented BI data solutions for various clients in finance, supply chain, sales, mobile security, communications, medical device manufacturing, banking and insurance. He aspires to learn upcoming technologies in data science, machine learning and AI. Rakesh received his Master of Science in EE from California State University Northridge. Outside of work, his interests are music, cooking, cross-fit, yoga, hiking and exploring the beach and nature.

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Sharon Walker

Sharon Walker

Sharon Walker

Sharon Walker

Sharon Walker is a results-driven marketing leader with a broad marketing background. Her digital experience spans from marketing strategy to branding, communications, product development, website/mobile app UX, e-commerce, content management and international marketing. She is a strong client advocate and is always looking for creative solutions to bring to the table. She has led marketing initiatives for a variety of enterprises from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication and an MBA in Marketing. In her spare time, Sharon enjoys spending time with her husband and their three adult sons. She loves to travel, hike, bike, garden and listen to country music. Sharon volunteers with the Lone Star Wheelers giving bicycle joy-rides to seniors and loves watching them smile when they feel the wind in their hair.

Alma Mazur

Alma Mazur

Alma Mazur

Alma Mazur

Alma Mazur has more than 20+ years of experience in Marketing. Her specialties include experience in marketing communications, event planning and product management for various companies. This allowed her to master skills in project management, relationship building and leading cross functional teams. She enjoys collaborating with a team to drive positive results. When not working at Ascend, she enjoys spending time with her family. She also enjoys traveling and exploring new places, people and things. She also likes to attend sporting events, live music and volunteering.

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Jay-Jung

Jay Jung

Jay Jung

Jay-Jung

Jay is a DevOps engineer and a full stack developer responsible for choosing the right tech stack and environment for each project. He has a computer science degree from the University of North Texas and likes to use his skills to contribute to the exciting technological advances happening every day.

In his free time, he likes to watch movies and television shows. He also enjoys playing golf with his son whenever he has a chance.

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