Building Businesses and People to be the best they can be!

We are new at this Blog process, but we catch on quick! LOL In the coming days there will be various articles about Personal Development and HR hints and tips for success. Ascend is based in Jefferson City, MO and our President is Matt Cowell. You can find more out about Ascend by visiting our website, (which will be redone shortly, so be patient if you follow this link and it is under construction.)

Here is a little bit about who Ascend is:

Matt Cowell, President of Ascend Business Strategies has been in the Leadership and Professional Training field for over 15 years designing and developing training programs to allow people to accomplish their goals. Matt serves as an adjunct professor at William Woods University in the Business Department. He has been teaching graduate and undergraduate classes for the past 7 years. Having developed and delivered many programs in areas of risk management, leadership, process improvement and performance management, Matt decided to help other companies reach their goals.

In addition to his training background, Matt has held various leadership positions in public and private organizations. Matt is also certified to teach and utilize the Extended DISC Assessment Tool. DISC is a key assessment tool helping organizations communicate effectively and deliver results.

Amy Reinkemeyer, Business Analyst with Ascend Business Strategies; has been in the Human Resource Management field for over 5 years. Amy has served in a variety of human resource rolls. She currently serves as the liaison for human resource policies, benefits, compensation, training and procedure questions. In this role she is a resource for all clients and helps to answer inquiries that are specific to many employment situations.

Amy also serves as the contact for applicants that are recruited through Ascend Business Strategies for a variety of clients. As the point of contact, Amy screens applicants based on the criteria provided by the recruiting company. This roll is an important time-saver for busy clients who need their candidates narrowed to ensure that they spend their time interviewing quality candidates.
Amy began her human resource career at Central Missouri State University where she served as a human resource clerk. There she was available to all university staff and fielded questions relating to their policies and benefits. She also assisted in developing staff orientation packets and affirmative action reports.

Rodney Long, Consultant with Ascend Business Strategies; specializes in helping people become the best they can be through personal growth classes, individual Mentoring, Leadership Coaching and Motivational Speaking. Rod draws on over 20 years of successful Business Leadership experience, which includes 10 years as an Ordained Minister. He has helped many Businesses and Churches become more productive, develop winning cultures and grow to new heights through his Coaching.

During his years of Leadership Development he has been privileged to work in varied fields and help establish great Leaders in many areas across the U.S. and Canada.  His skills in producing classes that are motivating, relational and centered on solid Business principals have been vital to his success and the success of those around him.  Rod is Certified in Extended DISC, (DISC is a key assessment tool helping organizations communicate effectively and deliver results.), and Franklin Covey.

Keep an eye out for our next post!!

Rod Long


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