Ascent’s program management excellence and best practices are rooted in the legacy experience of our leadership. Our President and COO have collectively delivered $30+ billion in transformational capital programs and projects for public and private institutions in education, healthcare, research, financial services, performing arts, sports, government as well as museums, utility providers and other major corporations.

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Legacy Leadership

Leif Selkregg, President

Leif has dedicated his career to guiding boards and C-level executives through some of the most iconic, transformative and challenging moments in history of their organizations, as well as their careers.

In the last the 35 years, he has helped his clients deliver more than $25 billion in building and infrastructure programs. Widely regarded by clients, architects, engineers and construction companies as an expert in program management. Leif knows that program management is key for leaders undertaking transformational capital expansion programs that exceed the capacity of internal facilities teams.

Known for his intensity, professionalism and facilitation expertise, Leif leads teams that provide the structure, momentum and accountability that enable clients to make informed decisions through all phases of a capital building program. He knows when to lead, knows when to listen, and draw upon best practices from his experience to deliver custom solutions.

Leif has a passion for building industry-leading program and project management firms. Prior to launching Ascent, Leif worked for leading program management companies across globe and built Rise - a firm repeatedly ranked by ENR as one of the top U.S. program management companies.

Mark Atkinson, Chief Operating Officer

Mark has built a career out of his passion for helping clients solve complex programs that transform organizations and communities. Over the past 23 years, he has planned and delivered more than $10 billion in large-scale programs for his clients.

Mark helps clients define and launch programs, providing a strong focus on transformational outcomes. His expertise includes developing and leading integrated client and professional teams that drive high-performing change, program and project management, and ultimately successful business outcomes.

Known for his capacity to assess complex environments and assimilate information, Mark brings a clarity of purpose that drives client programs to success. He expertly helps carve out the path between challenges and solutions, and provides the program leadership and teams necessary to help clients realize their ambitions.

Prior to launching Ascent, Mark worked across the US and UK leading transformative programs both as a public employee and working for leading program management companies.


Executive Vice President, Program Controls

Guenther has nearly 20 years of program and project management experience in the construction industry in the US and Austria. He is a controls expert and has led controls teams for multi-billion dollar construction programs at the Public Building Commission of Chicago, the Chicago Department of Water Management, and the Chicago Housing Authority. His project experience also includes multi-national client programs, water, and wastewater systems, residential buildings, civic buildings, medical facilities, universities, airports, tollways and highways, and highspeed railways. He is currently leading the implementation of a program management information system for a large transit organization in the Northeast.

Guenther leads Ascent’s national Program and Project Controls practice.


Vice President, Pacific Northwest Region

Roe has more than 35 years of Alaska construction, public works/utilities and capital improvement program management experience. He has worked as a contractor, engineer, and owner providing a well-rounded and practical problem-solving perspective. Roe has successfully delivered some of Alaska's most high-profile and complex construction programs. He provided project and construction management services for the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport’s Capital Improvement Program and tenant improvements for a Terminal Redevelopment. Roe’s project experience includes programs for airports, ports, public utilities, convention centers, cultural institutions, and other public facilities in Alaska.

Roe leads the Ascent Alaska practice as part of the Pacific Northwest region.


Vice President, Northeast Region

Bill has nearly 20 years of experience working with clients in both the public and private sectors. He brings detailed knowledge and best practices to each program and has spent the majority of his career working with clients in the Northeastern US. His experience holding senior construction management and ownership roles allows him to provide a unique perspective to each client. Bill’s project experience includes higher education campus buildings, rail and transit, pharmaceutical/biotechnical campus renovations and multi-family residential housing developments.

Bill leads the Ascent Northeast region and oversaw the team delivering Harvard University’s new Smith Campus Center.


Vice President, Central Region

Rob is a recognized leader with over 20 years of experience in the planning and implementation of transformative capital investments, with a value exceeding $1 billion in the Chicago area. As the former Director of Planning and Construction for the Chicago Park District, Rob managed the acquisition of over 1000 acres of parkland, and oversaw projects teams completing an average of 325 projects a year. His work encompasses some of the most celebrated civic projects in Chicago, including Maggie Daley Park, 606/Bloomingdale Trail, Northerly Island, the Chicago Shoreline Protection Project, the Chicago River Boat Houses, 31st Street Harbor, and La Villita - one of the largest urban brownfield to park conversions in the country.

Rob leads the Ascent Central region.


Senior Advisor, Finance

George King has more than 25 years of project finance, corporate finance and asset management experience. He has conducted $20+ billion in capital market transactions and delivered more than $8 billion in financial advisory work.

George is an expert at analyzing financial options and helping clients determined the most feasible solutions for their financing needs. Over the course of his career, he has delivered and implemented creative financial plans that enable successful project funding for a wide range of asset types. These plans involve considerations of financial feasibility, budget sustainability, sources of capital, negotiations with prospective investors, risk planning, and risk mitigation.

As a Senior Advisor-Finance at Ascent, George leads our Funding Strategy services where he helps clients develop plans to finance their visions.