Summer Associate and Analyst program offers an unparalleled hands-on experience where participants work on every aspect of live deals in an entrepreneurial environment.
May 17, 2022—Ascend is pleased to announce the addition of two new team members for the firm’s summer program—Tanner Truelove, Associate, and Jesse Herr, Analyst.
“We are excited to welcome Tanner and Jesse to Ascend this summer,” said Eric Parekh, Managing Director at Ascend. “We are always looking for passionate people who like to roll up their sleeves and solve complex problems as a part of a hard-working, leave your egos at the door, forward-thinking team. Tanner and Jesse embody these qualities that define our culture.”
Tanner and Jesse will work alongside senior-level management as part of small deal teams on M&A and other strategic assignments, providing meaningful exposure to senior bankers and client representatives.
DJ Palmer, Director at Ascend, said, “Ascend offers a unique experience for college and MBA students looking to enter the world of M&A. Summer analysts and associates can expect a fast-paced, demanding work environment. One that offers the chance to learn and grow professionally with meaningful, frontline work with our clients.”
Tanner Truelove is a full-time MBA student at Georgia Tech with a concentration in Finance, Entrepreneurship, and Technology. Before attending Georgia Tech, Tanner completed his undergraduate degree at Texas A&M University in Forensic and Investigative Sciences and then joined the military as an Infantry Officer with the U.S Army’s 82nd Airborne Division. He deployed to Afghanistan and several other countries, gaining experience working with foreign partners and officials to improve processes and maximize the efficiency of international operations.
After transitioning to business school, Tanner became interested in finance and recognized the opportunity to help businesses grow and make an impact through M&A. “Through conversation with Ascend team members, I felt a shared belief in the power of approaching work and life with an entrepreneurial mindset. I knew I would have the chance to become involved in everything they do on a day-to-day basis and make an impact even as an intern.”
When asked about his favorite quote, Tanner said, “Passion governs, and she never governs wisely. What we can’t remedy we must endeavor to bear.” A quote from Benjamin Franklin. “Sometimes people make decisions purely on emotion, not fact. I believe in being passionate about what you do but combining that passion with data to ensure the best possible outcome for all—yet another reason Ascend is a great fit for me.”
Jesse Herr is a rising senior at George Mason University majoring in Economics. Before discovering his love of economics, he was a Computer Engineering major which satisfied his interest in research, math, and all things numbers. Jesse has worked in a variety of positions, leveraging his passions for the outdoors and helping kids develop leadership skills. “I love the process of learning something to the point of mastering it,” said Jesse. “I tell the kids I work with that the longer it takes to master a skill, the more rewarding it is. The Ascend team shares this belief and is committed to passing on their knowledge to make an impact on others.”
Jesse’s favorite quote is “Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not who someone else is today,” by Jordan B. Peterson. “There are many reasons I remind myself of this quote every day,” said Jesse. “The foremost is that we live in a digital world where it is all too easy to play a comparison game with others, which is counterproductive. Working to be better than who we were yesterday is.”
Interested in learning more about joining the Ascend team? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.