Success Story








Based in Metro Atlanta and servicing the entire Southeast, M.O. Inc. (MO) is a leader in Class A & B office renovations, retail renovations and ground-up construction. The firm was founded in 1978 by Franklin Anderson Sr. and is now led by his son, Franklin Anderson Jr.

When MO first met with Ascent Consulting in 2017, the company was experiencing unpredictable project performance; they were unable to accurately predict the financial outcome of projects; and their technology systems were not being used effectively by the Operations team.


Given the growth of MO’s operations in recent years, Ascent Consulting determined that:

  • The company had outgrown their original processes and framework
  • They needed to redesign Project Management & Operations to perform at an elevated level of functionality and efficiency
  • A major factor impacting all of MO’s operations was a technology bottleneck that was undermining efficiency, preventing visibility across the organization
  • The MO staff needed to be thoroughly trained on new company software solutions and fully understand their technology’s ability to enhance staff performance at all levels


Before Ascent’s arrival, MO had put several technology tools in place, but they were not being used effectively by the Operations team and were not contributing to the company’s success. Ascent worked with MO to develop and introduce solutions in the technology arena:

  • Upgraded the functionality of MO’s estimating software • Developed a method to convert bid information to construction budgets
  • Trained the staff on proper use of their Construction Management software
  • Developed step-by-step training and operations manuals to help ensure consistent processes, performance and results
  • Added a new timekeeping software solution that allowed employees and contractors to assign their time to different jobs and activities


The team at Ascent Consulting took the time to understand our business and design customized solutions that have truly made a difference for our organization.


MO and Ascent developed a Standardized Project Management Methodology that was customized to the company’s operations and software tools. Ascent worked with the MO team to ensure that industry best practices were merged with MO’s methods of project management and delivery.

Ascent provided detailed training and documentation of this new Methodology to help ensure its usage across the organization. The use of enhanced technology was a key part of this process.

Today, MO’s methodology delivers:

  • Real-time financial visibility
  • Proactive management of projects for improved profitability
  • Efficient processes that have streamlined and, in some cases, eliminated wasteful activities


By early 2018, technology issues had been resolved and Ascent had trained MO’s Project Managers on the software, as well as project management essentials and core functionalities.

MO now has a comprehensive and repeatable methodology to take projects from Award through Closeout in a logical and profitable manner.

They have clearly identified and defined all the tasks involved in the construction and project management processes.

MO has successfully communicated its new processes, roles and responsibilities across the organization and has navigated the change process with full adoption by all stakeholders.

Project Managers are now proactive in planning their project’s schedule, workforce and core activities, and have increased capacity to manage the unique aspects of their projects. They are utilizing Construction Management software uniformly across the company. Labor and material cost management strategies have been developed and implemented, and accurate cost reporting and forecasting are in place.


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I now have the tools I need to make educated and informed decisions at the project and corporate level, and my staff is more organized and effective in delivering projects to our customers.


After working with Ascent, MO is now enjoying a measurable increase in efficiency and profitability. In addition, the company has implemented better reporting systems, which allows MO’s owner to make more informed financial decisions. Finally, more efficient operations mean that MO can now handle a greater workload without adding staff.

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.