Project Management

At Ascent Consulting, we offer construction companies a comprehensive guide to mastering construction project management. Our tailored approach provides project managers with the essentials needed to deliver projects on time and within budget. Increase your efficiency and project profitability today by ensuring that your PM’s are properly trained, educated, and incentivized.

Do you have great project managers?

Our construction experts firmly believe that thriving construction companies are built on a foundation of great project managers, blended with standardized processes and procedures. Effective PM’s have a combination of technical skills, soft skills, and critical thinking skills. Project Managers that master these key areas will see increased project efficiency & profitability on their projects.

Project Management

Key Skills for Successful Project Management

The foundation for exceptional project management lies in a set of crucial skills. From understanding contracts to strategic financial management and impactful communication, these competencies are evident in every successful project manager.

Our consultants are dedicated to helping construction companies cultivate these essential skills within their project management teams. Our expertise and guidance ensure that construction companies have prepared their PMs to successfully deliver projects with increased profitability. Here are some of the essential skills that Ascent Consulting helps standardize:

  • Reading & Understanding Contracts: Mastery of contract language and law to navigate project rules effectively.
  • Creating and managing a Project Cost Budget: Developing a complete and accurate project budget from estimates and managing the budget through the project lifecycle.
  • Creating A Schedule of Values (SOV) & Billing Accurately: Structuring the SOV and generating invoices in accordance with contract types.
  • Creating and Managing the Overall Project Schedule (OPS): Sequencing work packages into the OPS for efficient installations.
  • Building Effective Change Order Proposals: Identifying changes in scope or schedule and building proposals for compensation.
  • Creating Commitments (Purchase Orders & Subcontracts): Crafting subcontracts and purchase orders while ensuring consistency in terms and conditions.
  • Soft Skills & Communication: The ability to communicate effectively between diverse stakeholders on the project.
  • Forecasting Accurate Cost-To-Complete (CTC) Financials: Keeping precise project financials and regularly adjusting the forecast for increased accuracy.
  • Self-Motivated & Self-Managing: Independence in decision-making, resolving disputes, and adjusting project schedules proactively.

Training and Support

Our experts ensure that construction project managers are fully equipped with the latest knowledge, techniques, and technologies necessary for effective project management. From foundational project management principles to advanced software and tools, our comprehensive training programs illuminate every aspect of modern construction management.

Our expert-led training sessions are both practical and immediately applicable, ensuring that your project managers understand concepts and can apply them in real-world scenarios. Your team members will become better at navigating complex project information, budgeting with precision, and leveraging your project management platform for better communication and collaboration.

Tailored Solutions for Your Construction Company

Ascent Consulting’s comprehensive construction services encompass every aspect of a construction company. From refining operational procedures and enhancing project management techniques to developing incentive and bonus programs, we offer a holistic approach tailored to the specific needs of construction firms.

By concentrating solely on construction companies, we have cultivated a deep understanding of the industry’s intricacies. From general contractors to trade specialists, our experts ensure that your project managers understand how to manage projects consistently and efficiently. Our hands-on approach also includes in-depth analysis, strategic planning, and the adoption of cutting-edge tools and construction project management software.

With Ascent Consulting as your partner, you’ll experience a transformation in how projects are delivered, positioning your company at the forefront of the construction industry.

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Read more about Maximizing Profitability in Your Construction Projects Through Better Project Management.

Evaluation and Incentive

Accurately evaluating your project managers is an essential skill for successful construction business leaders. Our experts help tailor an evaluation framework that allows construction companies to thoroughly assess their project managers and track project progress. We help to fairly evaluate employee performance based on core KPIs such as:  budget adherence, team leadership, and resource management. By pinpointing strengths and areas for improvement, our comprehensive approach facilitates a culture of continuous development and excellence.

At Ascent Consulting, we also specialize in crafting well-structured incentive and bonus programs to ensure that project managers feel valued and motivated to deliver outstanding results. By aligning individual achievements with company goals, incentive packages foster a positive work environment, enhance job satisfaction, and drive project success.

Read more about Ascent Consulting’s Incentive Programs.

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Kendall Pittman

Human Resources & Accounting Manager

With passions for developing HR strategies and accurate financials, Kendall joins Ascent with 5+ years of hands-on experience in both disciplines. She holds a degree in Hospitality Management from the University of Central Florida, and is currently pursuing secondary education & certification in the field of Human Resources. 

Kendall has provided financial support to both the private sector as well non-profit organizations. Her accounting philosophy helps leaders connect business goals to objectives through accurate records & industry best practices. Additionally, she has pursued HR opportunities that focus on employee engagement, internal growth & development, and business-level strategic planning. 

Now, Kendall is dedicated to providing an uplifting environment to help drive further growth within Ascent. 

Sarah Red

Junior Coordinator

Sarah has 10+ years of experience in commercial construction spanning across 10 different states. during this time, she has gained experience in project & field management, also specializing in Construction Technology. Having worked on projects with value ranging from $5M – $2B, she has seen the industry from many angles.  



Sarah has worked across country and built in a variety of market sectors to perform both ground up & adaptive re-use projects. Her extensive experience has equipped her with in-depth knowledge of the construction industry, focusing on best methods of scaling technology to make her clients more competitive and successful in the market. 



Sarah is passionate about encouraging our clients to improve their business strategies, and building up the construction industry as a whole. 

Jack Austin

Marketing Coordinator

Jack is a marketing and communications professional who joins Ascent following a three-year stint in the healthcare staffing industry. 


Working as a member of the Ascent marketing team, Jack performs internal marketing automation tasks, analyzes web and marketing metrics, and creates multimedia content to highlight recent success stories with Ascent clients.


Born and raised in the Metro Atlanta area, Jack graduated from the University of Georgia in 2019 with a B.A. in Journalism and a certificate in Sports Media. He then went on to earn an M.B.A. from Georgia State University in December 2022, concentrating in the areas of marketing and business analytics.

Rhonda Hudson

Construction Accountant

Rhonda has three decades of diverse Controller experience that spans various aspects of construction, including manufacturing, mechanical, electrical, flooring, and residential building contracting. Rhonda has an Associate’s Degree in Accounting and has consistently demonstrated expertise in optimizing operational efficiencies, tracking financial performance, conducting annual audits, and building a process around the monthly close process.

In addition to her accounting work, Rhonda has a broad proficiency in a wide range of accounting software platforms and has a knack for adapting to new technologies swiftly. She has facilitated smooth transitions during software migrations and provided system training to numerous companies.

Bridgit Lawhead

Marketing Project Manager

Bridgit is a Marketing Project Manager, bringing a proven track record of managing accounts and marketing for diverse industries. Prior to joining Ascent Consulting, she was a Marketing Strategist for a small marketing agency that focused on transforming financial advisors’ businesses. Working with Marketing, Sales, and Upper Management to ensure strategic performance and management of tasks to appropriate team members, Bridgit helps manage the planning, development, design, execution, monitoring, and completion of all of our client marketing projects. 
Bridgit holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Communication, with an emphasis in Public Relations from Valdosta State University. 

Kellie Barber

Office Manager

With a career spanning over 25 years in both the public and private sectors, Kellie stands as a seasoned professional and a valuable asset to our Ascent team. A dedicated, results-driven individual, Kellie brings a wealth of experience to the organization.

She is no stranger to the world of construction and has a comprehensive understanding from both the project management and engineering perspective.  Kellie has a keen eye for detail and a commitment to delivering excellence.

Nazia Hasnain

Project Coordinator

Nazia joined Ascent in the role of a project coordinator. Before joining Ascent, she served as a Web Project Coordinator.

With a rich background of 5 years of experience in the digital realm, she has been at the forefront of coordinating and managing web projects from concept to launch. With a blend of technical expertise and project management skills, she is dedicated to contributing to the success of diverse projects to ensure that projects not only meet but exceed expectations.

Gary Johnson


Gary grew up working summers from 7th grade through graduating college for a large plumbing and process piping contractor in Mobile, AL. After graduating from Auburn University with a BS in Computer Engineering, Gary spent the next 16 years working in the industrial automation industry with The Foxboro Company and the ERP software solutions space with JD Edwards.  

The 7 years with JD Edwards were primarily focused on the construction business, providing ERP software solutions to both large general contractors and large homebuilders. In 2003 Gary acquired a small residential plumbing contracting business in Pace, FL.  Over the next 17 years, Gary grew this business to three physical locations and more than 130 employees, performing commercial and residential plumbing projects in Florida, Alabama and Mississippi. 

In 2020, Gary sold the business and continued to work for the company on a consulting basis for 2 more years. The unusual background, including providing construction industry ERP software solutions as well as nearly 20 years acquiring, growing, operating and ultimately selling a large subcontracting business, gives Gary a unique perspective on the operations of a construction company. Gary holds master plumbing and gas fitter licenses in Florida, Alabama and Mississippi.

Stephen Crawford

Junior Consultant

Stephen possesses nearly a decade of extensive financial, operational, and leadership expertise spanning diverse professional sectors, primarily centered on construction, development, and construction management. Before joining Ascent Consulting, he spent five years as a CPA at Ernst & Young. He then made significant contributions to an electrical construction company in an internal consulting capacity. Subsequently, he pursued multiple freelance roles, including a pivotal position as a Fractional Chief Transformation Officer (CTO).

Throughout his career, Stephen adeptly guided companies through various rapid growth phases, overseeing crucial financial matters, driving strategic growth initiatives, and managing back-office functions. He holds a BBA in Accounting and a Master of Accountancy from The University of Georgia.

Zachary Hickman

Project Coordinator

Zachary brings 10+ years of project management experience as an owners representative for clients and from the developer side of the business.

He began his career as an assistant project manager with a masonry subcontractor in Florida, before moving to Atlanta.

Daphene Koch


Daphene’s construction experience began working in her family’s mechanical construction company.

Next, she worked for a large EPC firm on projects in Texas and Malaysia. With over 15 years of construction industry experience on commercial and industrial projects. Her roles have included project manager, safety manager, construction services leader, and pipefitters helper.

While a professor at Purdue University in the School of Construction Management, she worked as a consultant to help construction companies improve processes, project management, workforce development to name a few. She has a BS, MS, and PhD from Purdue University and resides in Indiana.

Hakeem Slaughter

Marketing Coordinator

Hakeem is a brand designer with over 10 years of experience. He has been a freelancer for about 9 years working with many different clients and industries under the following subjects: brand design, graphic design, web design, and social media marketing.


During that time freelancing, he also worked at many companies as a graphic and web designer. As well as taught disciplines of Art and Design to students varying from middle school age to college. As mentioned, he has a “jack of all trades” range but is quite proficient at WordPress and uses that knowledge to design cutting edge websites!


Hakeem specializes in branding, design, and creativity and is bringing his talents, skills, and passion to take Ascent Consulting to a new level!

Aimee Collier

Project Coordinator

Aimee joins Ascent as a Project Coordinator supporting our Senior and Procore Consultants. With construction industry experience both in-field and back-of-house (ranging from project site coordination to contract management to software administration), she brings a holistic perspective of the day-to-day challenges faced by our clients. Her varied professional roles include software implementation and training, technical content creation and design, and coordinating across teams to bring projects to successful completion. She is excited to direct her passion for people and processes toward our customers.