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Michael Van Pelt is President and founder of Ascent Leadership Resources based in Spartanburg, South Carolina and operating in the Upstate of South Carolina.

Michael’s vision for starting Ascent is defined in his own words, “I founded Ascent Leadership Resources to be of service to business owners, organizational leaders, and nonprofits that were looking for a sounding board and confidant to help them think through and solve their most complex problems and issues.”

Ascent is a business service and solutions consultancy firm that provides knowledge-based leadership development consulting, effective business planning, and performance management systems. Our goal is to help companies achieve their goals and elevate, impact, and inspire organizational leaders through training, leadership development, and coaching.

Serving in top managerial positions for most of his career, Mike brings over 20 years of diverse account management, consulting, and leadership development experience within a variety of industries including telecommunications, insurance, training, and non-profit agencies. He holds a BA in Business Leadership and a Masters of Public Administration.

Mike is actively involved in serving his local community and sits on several community growth and non-profit boards. A native of Iowa, Mike and his family now reside in Spartanburg, South Carolina which they’ve called home for the past eleven years.