EACH MONTH ASCENSION WILL NOMINATE A FEW AMAZING PEOPLE WHO EPITOMIZE OUR BRAND. THESE PEOPLE HAVE ALREADY ACHIEVED GREAT FEATS, YET THEY ARE CURRENTLY WORKING HARD ON ACCOMPLISHING SOMETHING EVEN BIGGER. WE WANT TO RECOGNIZE THOSE OUT THERE WHO HAVE MADE SACRIFICES TO GO THE EXTRA MILE.
The December Nominees:
A graduate from Babson College '15, Barrett transferred from UVA when an arm injury derailed his baseball career. At the time he did not realize this would be one of the best things to happen to him. At 24, he quit his job at Bain Capital to pursue his dream of being an entrepreneur. With a couple of Babson classmates, Barrett then co-founded OnDemand Storage, a full-service storage company that uses technology to simplify the self-storage process. Their service is disrupting the out-of-date self storage industry by giving customers more time, space, and convenience to enjoy their lives. "I believe strongly in going after your dreams and not letting adversity stop you from trying to achieve greatness."
A graduate from the University of Notre Dame '16 with a degree in Finance, Kyle also was a runner-up for the Eugene D. Fanning Award for outstanding business communication skills. While at ND, Kyle earned four monograms in baseball and played in 170 career games for the Fighting Irish. Kyle became very involved in the community at Notre Dame and was awarded by both Notre Dame and the ACC for his leadership in community service outreach. He now has a career in financial planning with Northwestern Mutual. "My mission is to partner with exceptional millennials—the leaders of tomorrow—so that the millennial generation can realize their full potential and live the lifestyle that they desire."
Michael Kliska, the VP of Brand and Business Development, at the men's grooming brand, Joe Grooming, graduated Magna Cum Laude from Babson College '16 in 3.5 years. During his time at Babson, he earned the Babson Outstanding Student in Entrepreneurial Studies Award and the Babson Outstanding Philanthropic Activity Award. Michael is now working to grow the Joe Grooming brand. The company produces 22 professional men's hair care, skin care, fragrance and beard care products, currently has distribution in the US, UK, EU, Canada, Australia and New Zealand and they operate a Joe Grooming men's grooming lounge in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Ascension is excited to follow what Michael and the Joe Grooming team can accomplish.