Milwaukee, Wis. – May 11, 2022 — Ascend Talent Strategies, an industrial organizational
consulting company based in Milwaukee, Wis., has named Travis Messmer a business
psychologist and consultant for the firm after a record year of double-digit growth for the
Messmer graduated from UW-Eau Claire with a double major in marketing and psychology. He received his Master of Science in Applied Psychology from USC.
Previously, he was a consultant with Catalyst Strategies, the Los Angeles Fire Department – Air Operations, and an IT recruiter and account manager for TEKsystems. Messmer was also a 11-year U.S. Army veteran, Black Hawk company commander and helicopter pilot, and intelligence officer.
Russ Barcelona, Ph.D., co-founder and business psychologist at Ascend Talent Strategies, said, “Travis signals our growth of our ATS brand and portends the future value proposition to clientele and the communities we serve.”
Ascend Talent Strategies was founded by Robert Young, Psy.D., Russell Barcelona, Ph.D., and Julie Unite, Ph.D., to help leaders, organizations, and family businesses, to unlock the power of their employees and potential new talent. From leadership assessment, development and succession planning, to executive coaching and team effectiveness coaching, Ascend’s founders utilize their combined experience of over 100 years to provide evidence-based insights into the most challenging and ambiguous people issues.
Travis Messmer said, “Working with Ascend is a dream come true. Ascend has an amazing team of Ph.D. and Psy.D.-level consultants who help make better, data-driven decisions on assessment, selection, and coaching. I’m looking forward to bringing my perspective from my master’s in Applied Psychology at USC, years of working in assessment and selection from the perspective of a recruiter, and my experience as a military leader to help other leaders make better, data-driven people decisions to improve the person-organization fit.
The Ascend Talent Strategies business and organizational psychologists dive deep, working collaboratively with clients to help them identify, develop, and lead the most important and misunderstood part of any organization – people. Our consulting team are more than talent experts – they are experts in using talent to generate tangible business results. Whether working with company leaders, teams, organization, and family business, Ascend’s professionals can help unlock the power of people and the potential of talent.