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On the Move, 3/28: Westerman joins Ascend One as chief marketing officer

Mark Westerman

Mark Westerman has joined Ascend One Corp., a debt-management company based in Columbia, as chief marketing officer. He previously worked at West33 Consulting Group after serving as vice president/global marketing communications at FILA (Cerberus Capital Management). He began his career at Doner Advertising in Baltimore as an account executive and was promoted to vice president three years later. Westerman serves on the United Way of Central Maryland Task Force, works with the Goucher College Mentor Program, is a guest lecturer at the University of Maryland Graduate School of Sports Marketing and the Johns Hopkins Masters Program, and is involved in the Owings Mills High School Stadium Project.


Howard County Executive Ken Ulman recently received the Janet L. Hoffman Award for Local Government Public Service at the National ASPA Conference in Baltimore. Ulman was nominated by Del. Guy Guzzone, who noted initiatives such as Healthy Howard and the countywide recycling program. 


Dr. Kevin J. Cullen, director of the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center and professor of medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, in Baltimore, has been selected by President Barack Obama to serve on the National Cancer Advisory Board, an advisory committee to the U.S. National Cancer Institute. Dr. Cullen, a head and neck cancer specialist, serves on the national board of the American Cancer Society and on the external advisory boards of several NCI-designated cancer centers.  He has written for journal publications and served on review panels for the NCI, the Veterans Administration Research Program and other organizations. He has received the NCI’s Special Achievement Award, the American Cancer Society South Atlantic Division Service Award and the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults Hope Award.

Michael S. Clevenger, vice president, BB&T Bank, wealth management division, was recently elected to the board of directors of Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service. Clevenger is a personal trust specialist at BB&T in Westminster, where he handles trust real estate and manages investment accounts. Before joining BB&T in 2005, Clevenger practiced law with Jensen, Hassani & Focas, of Towson.

Everyman Theatre, in Baltimore, recently appointed Luke T. Cooper, Susan Flanigan, Judith Needham and W. Bryan Rakes to its board of directors. Cooper co-founded Performant Capital Partners, a middle market private equity firm; he serves as the CEO and co-managing director of the firm’s investing activities. Flanigan, who has a degree in theater from Goucher College, taught English at Towson High School before becoming the owner of Maison Inc., an interior design firm she ran for 30 years. Needham, who has a law degree, established Bunting Management Group, the family office for the Bunting-Duffy-Kranzlin families; she is president and chief operating officer of Bunting Management Group, president of the Bunting Family Foundations, and a trustee for the Bunting Family trusts. Rakes is an attorney with Venable who practices in the areas of business transactions, corporate finance and general business advisory services; he also teaches in the entrepreneurship and management program at Johns Hopkins University and is a member of the boards of directors of the Maryland chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth and of Civic Works, a Baltimore nonprofit organization.

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  1. Ascend One’s Negotiator position was one I found to be very dissapointing. Of many many Negotiators only a handful are consisting in meeting and/or exceeding assigned goals. Resources needed to be successful were not there. Didn’t find it to be an even “playing field” They have a VERY high turn over rate. Alot of working harder not smarter. I can see how the dept. could b ran so much different and more employees would b successful and have longevity. If you have a job already do NOT leave it for Ascend One Negotiator’s Dept.