A-Plus Engineering Experience – Ascent Consulting and Engineering

Sep 14, 2020 | Entrepreneurs, Positively West Virginia

In 2018, Ascent Consulting and Engineering started in Clarksburg, West Virginia. Ascent has a diverse staff who brings expertise in nearly every facet of civil engineering. They’re committed to providing quality services, building long-lasting relationships and supporting and encouraging their employees. 

Zach Assaro was a guest on The Positively West Virginia Podcast. He talked with podcast host, Jim Matuga, about the successful business and things he is doing to improve its communication.

What is your 30-second pitch for Ascent Consulting and Engineering?

“We have built a small hometown firm with a big A-plus experience. The big thing that we like to do is cater to our clients. When they call here, they get the project managers or the manager of the company,” stated Assaro.

Out of all of the services you offer, what would you say is your “sweet spot”?

“It is all about even right now. The Field Services Group is probably our leader. We are running fifteen to twenty inspectors right now, and they are all over the region,” Assaro said.

What is the thing you are most excited about for the business right now?

“It has been great to watch the growth, it has been a headache, but it has also been the most exciting thing to watch and happen,” said Assaro.

What is the one thing that you do every day that you think contributes to your success?

“One thing that I do every day is I try to be present with my guys. I write two guys’ names down every day, and I call them. I am usually in the office, so I only see our civil engineering staff and environmental group, but we have many guys working in the field. Sometimes those guys feel like they are on an island. I have noticed that a quick check-in really says a lot to those guys,” stated Assaro.

Zach Assaro, a member at Ascent Consulting and Engineering, graduated from Fairmont State University with a B.S. in Civil Engineering and Technology. Additionally, he has ten years of consulting experience in civil engineering, telecommunications and site development. Assaro handles the daily operations at Ascent and works with the management team to efficiently guide projects from concept to completion.

Assaro was a guest on the Positively West Virginia Podcast. Listen to the full podcast here.


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