Meet The Team

  • Entry Level Marketing Jobs

    Alexander Jaswinski - Owner

  • Entry Level Development

    • Michael Rappa

    Account Manager

    Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Michael’s major life decision to move to the Tampa, Florida area has been worth it. By helping build the Ascendance office and team, Michael has reiterated to himself that this competitive industry is where he belongs. Michael developed his competitive nature by being involved with track & field, and other sports, all his life. Long-term goals for Michael include to be able to provide for his family, travel and experience the world, and maximize his potential. He loves to stay active by exploring the outdoors and playing airsoft, which he is quite skilled at.

    Michael values being his true self and being surrounded by others who are their true selves, and that is why Ascendance offers a sense of belonging for him. Michael also values competitiveness, passion, and commitment. A quote by Dale Carnegie that has had a significant impact on Michael is, “Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.”

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    • Marcos Perez

    Account Manager

    With many years of experience in B2B sales, Marcos brings a copious amount of knowledge and insight to Ascendance. Having been in the wireless technology industry as a regional manager for telecommunication companies AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, and T-Mobile, he has found that he enjoys teaching others about the industry and what it takes to succeed in it.

    He made the move from Long Beach, California, along with several other account managers, to open the Ascendance Group office and is looking to quickly grow his team. Marcos wants to be a leader who helps others recognize their potential and give them opportunities to accomplish all that they are capable of.

    An interesting fact about Marcos is that he is a trained professional dancer, having been in many dance competitions around the world. He is specifically trained in salsa and krump, and continues to coach dancers in his spare time. Marcos values integrity, determination, and ambition. Something Marcos reminds himself of is that you can see failure as the beginning and the middle, but you can never entertain it as an end; failure is a key that opens doors to new paths.

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    • Gabriel Leyva

    Account Manager

    What Gabriel appreciates most at Ascendance Group is the positive work environment and culture provided here. He hopes he can duplicate the supportiveness and positivity into his growing team and bring it into his future office. PHDs are important to Gabriel, and not the college degree; he is looking for people to join his team that are poor, hungry, and/or determined in attitude. He looks for hunger, and also humility; determination to succeed, and integrity. He finds that if you are one of these three, you will succeed in this industry.

    Gabriel values strong work ethic, passion, ambition, and to that end, his motto is Nike’s “Just Do It.” Gabriel’s view on life is that you get what you put into it, so your accomplishments will only be as great as your efforts to achieve them. In his spare time, Gabriel enjoys trying new food spots around Tampa, loves exploring new music, and has an appreciation for nature.

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    • Margarita Cordero

    Account Manager

    Born in Puerto Rico and raised in New York, Margarita has had an impressive and successful career in the healthcare industry. After a few years of traveling with her previous healthcare position, Margarita decided to settle in Florida and look for something new. When Ascendance recruited her, Margarita jumped at the chance to grow and develop herself and to see where her talents can take her. She is always eager to learn, and with the opportunity to be trained in all aspects of the business, she plans to accomplish her goal of managing her own marketing firm in the near future. A motto Margarita lives by is “Product knowledge is power” because she finds that in this business, her most powerful tool is knowledge. 

    In her spare time, Margarita enjoys music, dancing, and reading non-fiction books. She hopes to one day open her own business where she makes and sells homemade healthy dog treats. Margarita also has a passion for sociology and psychology, which she finds has contributed to the success she has already accomplished in her career, and will continue to support. Her core values are honesty, motivation, integrity, and life & health.

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    • Karyna Castillo

    Account Manager

    Carina started her professional journey in Long Beach, California where she worked in various fields of the healthcare industry. In her 11-year experience, Carina has developed many skills that she applies to her position at Ascendance. After finding her niche in the marketing world, Carina made the courageous decision to move to Florida to help open the Ascendance office. Carina’s professional goal is to open her own marketing firm and help her clients accomplish their goals. 

    In her spare time, Carina likes to write, and also reads self-help books, as she is always looking to improve herself and understand how the world works. She strives to “be better” every day. Carina values integrity, faith, passion, and family.

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    • Liz MacKenn

    Account Manager

    With 11 years of professional experience in the public safety industry, Liz came to Ascendance with a lot to offer. Her understanding of what it takes to lead and train others has had the biggest impact on her success here. Liz’s main professional goal is to build her team and open markets nationally and internationally.

    Traveling has always been important to Liz, not only throughout the United States, but abroad as well, as she enjoys experiencing new cultures. Hawaii, Copenhagen, and Iceland have been her favorite places so far. Liz values passion, integrity, persistence, and grit. A quote that Liz believes in is, “The sum of the whole is greater than its parts” by Aristotle, as her view is that you can accomplish far more with a team that brings different perspectives and skills.

  • Entry Level Development

    • Lafayette Martin

    Account Manager

    Lafayette moved from San Pedro, California to the Tampa Bay Area to help open the Ascendance office. With his degree in Business Communication & Marketing, he has brought a lot of knowledge to the team. Lafayette appreciates the team-oriented and friendly work environment that fosters strong professional relationships with coworkers, and he wants to instill that in his growing team. His long-term goal within Ascendance is to eventually branch off to open several markets across the nation, and even go abroad.

    He values integrity, professionalism, and high standards, all of which he strives to be each day. To Lafayette, friends become family, as he seeks to build meaningful bonds that will last with those closest to him. Lafayette likes to write, make music, and skateboard.

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    • Thalia Ramirez-Mojena

    Account Manager

    Thalia moved from Cuba to Florida with her dad in 2017. She is an incredibly smart young professional who continues to move through life with a student mindset. She is currently earning a Bachelor’s degree in Health Service Administration from Keiser University. Thalia’s goals are to become the CEO of her own medical organization and found a nonprofit organization to provide medical equipment for the people of Cuba. She is looking to build her team at Ascendance and continue to excel in her current role.

    Thalia values respect, ambition, and honesty. Her motto is, “Winning is not an option; it is the only way.” In her free time, Thalia enjoys theater, cooking, and making ceramics.

  • Entry Level Development

    • Sofia Poulos

    Human Resources Director

    Sofia joined the Ascendance team after earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication & Media Studies. With heavy collegiate leadership roles in various organizations, Sofia felt this opportunity with Ascendance best aligned with her passion for positively impacting, developing, and growing an organization. She finds joy in building relationships with others and helping them recognize their full potential. What stood out to her in this company is the positive work environment and inclusive culture that integrated her so seamlessly.

    Sofia’s love for learning is boundless, so she hopes to eventually return to school and earn a Master’s degree in the communications field. Future goals for Sofia include to help Ascendance Group, Inc. continue to grow and succeed as a leading marketing consultant firm, and to open her own Public Relations consulting firm.

    A quote that has profoundly impacted Sofia and the way she views the world and approaches situations is, “The most important thing about communication is hearing what isn’t said,” by Peter Drucker. Her core values are respect, dependability, and optimism. In her free time, she enjoys photography, tennis, watching sunsets, reading social psychology books, and exploring new places.

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