Ascendum's corporate kick off.
Ascendum Group is celebrating two significant milestones in 2019 – the 60th anniversary of the global dealership's founding in central Portugal, along with 15 years of business here in the United States. To commemorate the past six decades in operation, Ascendum commissioned a piece of art resembling a torch that was sent to all of the international territories that the company maintains a presence. Then on April 1, 2019, exactly 60 years from the day Ascendum opened its doors in 1959, the torch was ceremoniously illuminated at each country and then embarked on a journey to every branch within the United States.
The torch began its route at the annual sales conference before traveling to Ascendum's Charlotte, N.C., location. Business Development Director Mario Stoilovich ran the torch from the corporate offices to the Charlotte branch, where Kristin Parker, regional general manager, was waiting to receive it. Over its nearly two-month voyage, the torch visited all 15 branch locations in each of the five states serviced by Ascendum Machinery USA. They are: Charlotte, N.C.; Raleigh, N.C.; Greenville, N.C.; Charleston, S.C.; Savannah, Ga.; Macon, Ga.; Buford, Ga.; Chattanooga, Tenn.; Knoxville, Tenn.; Asheville, N.C.; Piedmont, S.C.; Columbia, S.C.; Fargo, N.D.; Bismarck, N.D.; Williston, N.D.
Ascendum Machinery is the American location of the largest Volvo Construction Equipment Dealership in the world. At its 15 domestic locations, Ascendum is able to provide quality machines to customers such as excavators, articulated haulers, wheel loaders and road machinery to construction sites all over the country — as well as various products from allied partners such as LeeBoy, Sennebogen, Doosan and Sandvik.
Kenny Bishop, CEO of Ascendum Machinery, hands the torch to Mario Stoilovich, director of business development, to run the 60-year torch from Ascendum’s Corporate offices to the Charlotte branch.
After completing his run, Mario Stoilovich, director of business development, presents the 60-year torch to Kristin Parker, regional general manager of North Carolina, at the Charlotte branch.
The Ascendum 60-year torch and commemorative poster.
The sparkling cider used in the company-wide toasts. This picture was taken at Ascendum’s Charlotte branch.
Kristin Parker, regional general manager of North Carolina, and Brandon Thigpen, regional operations manager, hand off the torch at Ascendum’s Raleigh branch.
(L-R): Kristin Parker, regional general manager of North Carolina; George Tucker, account manager; Brandon Thigpen, operations manager; and Vin Bowers, territory manager, pose with the torch in Greenville, N.C.
Ascendum’s corporate kick off.