Meet Your Team!

We are a close-knit family of the most team-oriented, forward-thinking, and peppy people you’ll find!
We’re based out of Pensacola, Florida, and unlike other marketing agencies, we love coming into work every morning.

Tracey Barnes, Managing Director

Tracey has been with Ascendancy I.M. since 2014 and has been the driving force of our business, bringing nearly 30 years of experience to the table. After graduating from L’Insitut d’Etudes Politiques with a degree in International Relations, Tracey began her career as a Senior Sales Executive for L’Oréal Cosmétiques, where she was consistently rated as one of L’Oréal’s top sales performers in France.

Through a dynamic period of growth, Tracey provided strategic leadership in the concept and business development of Spa Chakra’s worldwide network of luxury spas holding various senior positions. Working in conjunction with premier brands in the cosmetics and hotel industries, Tracey successfully launched spas worldwide, all under the Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy umbrella. In 2011 Tracey began representing WTS International, the United States largest spa operator, as VP of Business Development in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Today, Tracey’s invaluable experience in sales, marketing, business development and quality control has been a vital foundation for Ascendancy’s growth and success. She has described her favorite aspect of her job as, “I like having a fresh new perspective to bring to this new business and putting the skills I have acquired throughout my career to work in a new industry.”

In her spare time, Tracey enjoys activities such as running, snow-skiing, riding bikes and boating. She is also very passionate about healthy cooking and clean eating. Tracey also enjoys hosting gatherings for her friends/family and being able to prepare home-cooked meals with her own twist on classic recipes.

Eddie Hill has been an invaluable partner, team member, and a tremendous resource for Ascendancy I.M. from the very beginning. Graduating with a bachelor’s degree for Science in Broadcast Communications from the University of Wyoming, Eddie started his secular career in radio and quickly began to develop a passion for all forms of traditional media marketing. Eventually, he transitioned into online marketing, building his first website in 1998.

Today, Eddie holds the title of Director of Operations at Ascendancy and is responsible for designing, measuring, and adapting our Search Engine and Reputation Marketing strategies to best meet the ever-changing rules of the internet marketing game. He has been asked to teach online marketing for thousands of small businesses through local chamber meetings, radio interviews, national association meetings and international franchise meetings. He has also directly consulted hundreds of individual businesses and franchise owners.

Eddie is known to frequently attend seminars, webinars, conferences, reading up on the latest news and trends and speaking with high-level executives and representatives from today’s top online platforms that dominate the internet marketing world to ensure we maintain our competitive edge in our internet marketing practices.

In his spare time, Eddie enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife, daughter and son and they all share a love for traveling. He also holds a Scuba Diving certification, making Pensacola a perfect place to settle with all of the old wreckage and reefs to dive and explore. Eddie also is the Owner and Teacher at Prosperous Christian where he shares his passion for the word of the Lord to children and adults within our local community.

Charles “Charlie” Bockwith was our first internet marketing client and the spark which ignited Ascendancy I.M. After realizing the need to promote Express Employment Professionals franchises on a local level through internet marketing initiatives, Charlie and his daughter Ashley started proposing similar service options to their colleagues. Today, they are continuing to help staffing agencies flourish in their local online marketing efforts through Ascendancy and are always willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done.

A Pensacola native, Charlie attended Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL, graduating in 1981 with degrees in Finance and Accounting. In January 2001, Charlie purchased an Express Employment Professionals franchise office in Pensacola, FL. Since 2004, his Express Employment Professionals franchise has achieved numerous awards, including the coveted “Circle of Excellence” status. Charlie has also been a speaker and certified trainer at Express Services International and Regional Leadership Conference sponsored training events.

In his spare time, Charlie’s hobbies include spending time with the family, boating and slalom skiing. His community service includes participating as the current president of Gulf Coast Crime Stoppers, past president of Cordova Rotary, a Paul Harris Fellow, Gulf Coast Kids House, and Endowment Board Member for St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church. We are truly lucky to have Charlie on our Advisory Board, who is an indispensable part of the Ascendancy family.

Jeff started working for Ascendancy I.M. shortly after the business started. He was born and raised in Pensacola, Florida and attended Pensacola State College. After many years of working for Collection Services, Inc. he became the President and owner of the business in 1999. In 2016 he sold CSI to focus on internet marketing along with real estate investing and management. Jeff and his lovely wife Gail have three fantastic sons and two wonderful daughters. He enjoys working in the yard, raising fish in their ponds and stay-cations at the family beach condo.

Aaron has been a part of our team since October 2015. He has pursued his interest in programming since the age of 10 and has turned his passion into a career.

A native to the Pensacola area, Aaron received his Associate’s Degree in Computer Programming from Pensacola State College. He  is a member of PSC Alumni, the Escambia Amateur Astronomers Association, Emerald Coast Community Makers, the Pensacola Linux Users Group, and Startup Weekend Pensacola.

During his time off, he can be found attending live music events or participating in outdoor activities.