Success Story



LOCATION: Atlanta, Ga



Lovvorn Construction is a licensed general contractor specializing in commercial and industrial projects. Tony Lovvorn started the family-owned business in 1996 with his wife, Debbie. Their son, Wesley, is now the CEO. Since its founding, Lovvorn has successfully completed over $65 million in construction projects, including 32 churches, 19 school and 10 local government projects. 


To continue to expand their business, Lovvorn needed to update & upgrade their existing marketing materials and website. Just as important was the formidable task of researching and identifying potential markets that offered the best opportunities for Lovvorn. The company asked Ascent Consulting to partner with them in meeting these challenges.



An important first step for Ascent was to examine Lovvorn’s project history and identify market sectors that offered the highest potential for growth. After extensive research, Ascent recommended that Lovvorn pursue opportunities in four sectors:

  • Churches & Religious projects
  • Assisted Living & Memory Care facilities
  • Small Industrial & Manufacturing projects
  • Franchise Restaurants


Columbarium Projects: Lovvorn was already pursuing a new Columbarium project with the Archdiocese of Atlanta’s Catholic Construction Services, Inc. (CCSI). To assist in this venture, Ascent researched CCSI and Columbarium projects. In addition, Ascent provided detailed questions and strategy coaching to help prepare for successful meetings between Lovvorn and CCSI.

Church Projects: Ascent designed marketing collateral to showcase Lovvorn’s church construction experience. Ascent also provided research, strategy development, interview questions and sales coaching that helped Lovvorn pursue these opportunities.

Assisted Living/Memory Care: After completing a Memory Care Center in 2014, Lovvorn wished to pursue additional Senior Living and Memory Care projects. They saw this as a growing market where they had already experienced success.

Ascent’s research indicated a strong potential in the sector for continual market growth and construction opportunities for Lovvorn.  They identified the top Assisted Living Residence companies that operate in Lovvorn’s geographical footprint and generated detailed research reports which provided regional office, key personnel and contact information for each company. 

Small Industrial & Manufacturing Projects: In their focus on small to mid-size industrial and manufacturing companies, Lovvorn wished to target firms that were outgrowing their current facilities or wanting to relocate from a rental space into a self-owned building.

Since this is an unpredictable market, a broad outreach to a large volume of potential clients was deemed the best strategy. Ascent generated a list of 1,100+ companies that fit a detailed potential client profile. To connect with this audience, Ascent developed a tri-fold brochure with content tailored to these potential clients, including an incentive offer to contact Lovvorn.  Ascent also created and managed a three-month digital marketing campaign and provided full analytics to Lovvorn which identified interested companies.

Franchise Restaurants: Lovvorn had recently completed a Dunkin’ Donuts project and wished to pursue additional projects in the Franchise and Small Restaurant market sector.  They had a portfolio of several completed restaurant projects and asked Ascent help build out the marketing for this vertical.

Ascent interviewed construction professionals with experience on these projects and found that Corporate and Franchise leads contained the most potential for new opportunities.

After determining that Real Estate Developers and Management Professionals would also be an excellent audience for these types of projects, Ascent generated a list of 1000+ potential leads. Ascent then designed a four-page brochure tailored to this market sector, along with a digital email and marketing campaign.

Ascent Consulting has been an outstanding partner for us as we build for today and look to the future. We could not have done the research or developed the materials needed to compete and thrive in our desired business environment without them. They are a pleasure to work with.


In addition to providing extensive research that validated these market sector selections, Ascent met Lovvorn’s needs by:

  • Developing printed sales collateral and digital email campaigns targeted to decision-makers and audiences within each of the sectors.
  • Providing a complete redesign of Lovvorn’s website to further support the marketing and sales efforts in these sectors.
  • Designing and delivering a trade show booth for Lovvorn.

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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.