MEET OUR TEAM

BUILT FOR RESULTS

At Ascend, experience and prior performance are our top criteria for new hires. Our Customers want results and an excellent provider, and we know this starts with our team. You won’t find us playing in a company arcade, or posting random pop-culture material on social media. During business hours, all we care about is getting results for our Customers.

Zach Jones

President

Role at Ascend

Zach works with prospective customers to determine the best solutions for solving their problems. Having been in the web and digital space since the 1990s, Zach also guides the rest of the team.

Typical Day

Most days I’m meeting and speaking with prospective and existing customers, helping them identify the proper strategy for their goals. I also spend time planning what our own strategy needs to be so that we’re the dominant agency in our target markets.

Favorite Aspect of My Role

Meeting with our customers and spending time learning and understanding their problems and needs. I can’t describe the thrill of uncovering their true needs, and identifying what they need to solve them!

Love Being on Team

As the owner of Ascend, working with the team is always special. Seeing the team I’ve assembled, working together, executing our customers’ strategies, is always exciting.

When Not Working

I enjoy playing basketball, reading, and spending time outdoors. Fly fishing and photography are hobbies I enjoy, but don’t have enough time for.

Lauren Burton

Director, Strategy

Role at Ascend

Lauren develops strategies that solve our customers’ needs. From developing audiences, to selecting the proper platforms, Lauren has a handle on all customer campaigns.

Typical Day

Strategizing and executing complex digital campaigns that will give customers the results they want, and help them grow their business.

Favorite Aspect of My Role

Opening our customers’ eyes to all of the possibilities digital marketing holds for growing their business. I love seeing how excited customers get when they begin to truly learn about digital marketing through our strategy sessions and campaign execution, and just how much of an impact it can have on their business!

Love Being on Team

The people I work with are great! We all share the same passion, which is wanting the very best for our customers. I also enjoy working with our customers who are all so unique. I learn so much about them that I normally wouldn’t learn if I wasn’t working at Ascend!

When Not Working

Walking my dog, at the gym, watching UK Basketball, or playing hostess to friends and family (I love cooking for people!).

Joy Shuttlesworth

Director, Design

Role at Ascend

Joy is our highly experienced designer. All ad creative, landing pages, and other elements are designed by her. Joy works closely with our strategists to ensure all creative is in line with customers’ goals.

Typical Day

Collaborating with the team and designing unique creative for each client.

Favorite Aspect of My Role

Constantly learning, getting to be creative!

Love Being on Team

The people! Everyone is smart and so fun to work with.

When Not Working

Hiking, traveling or both 🙂