The Team

We are Ascendion

Jared Kierstead
CEO | Senior Engineer

With an IT career spanning over 16 years across many different industries, Jared brings a diverse set of Engineering skills to the table. Working in various business environments has provided him with a wealth of experience solving uncommon and complex problems. Jared’s body of knowledge goes far beyond IT, and over the course of his career he has developed skills in sales, marketing, design, and media production. This allows him to truly understand business needs and address IT pain points appropriately and economically.

Jared can usually be found tinkering with cars and vintage electronics in his spare time.

Brian English
COO | Senior IT Consultant

As a serial entrepreneur Brian has discovered ways to not only make his passions a hobby, but a full-time career. With well over a decade of business ownership he understands the struggles SMBs and that allows him to sympathize, encourage and lead other owners into the right direction. Having certifications in IT spanning back over 15 years, this nerd in disguise has always wanted to be in the technology field.

Brian can often times be found at the gym in his spare time. While his evenings are currently filled with wedding planning from his recent engagement in Madrid, Spain, he enjoys nothing more than spending time with his family, friends & fiancé.

Amber Reed
CAO | Executive Assistant

Amber brings over 17 years of administration experience to Ascendion with a diverse secondary skill set focused on client interactions. Amber’s professional experience is derived from the animal care industry, and she brings experience from the veterinary, grooming, and on-site animal care fields. She supervises daily operations and helps us keep the trains running on time.

When Amber isn’t working, she can usually be found reading and listening to records. Amber also enjoys good concerts and good Whiskey.

Angela Jowers
Director of Sales

Angela is a client partner and trusted adviser intent on meeting customers’ needs and delivering desired outcomes with Ascendion Solutions’ offerings. She has 25 years of experience in a variety of industries, including Legal, Medical, Retail, Financial, State/Local Government, Logistics, Manufacturing & Wine… which happens to be one of her passions!

Her expertise in SMB & Enterprise gives her the ability to identify creative and cost effective IT solutions for Ascendion’s growing customer base. Angela cultivates collaborative client relationships, using a consultative approach. She enjoys building long lasting partnerships with customers. It is her passion to understand their individual business challenges and be part of crafting solutions that are aligned with their goals.

Angela is the mom of 3 fantastic sons & one 4 legged tail-wagger! Often in Angela’s free time she can be found at the coast aboard her sailboat or enjoying Lake Wylie with friends & family!