Raleigh Ragan – Founder & President of The Ascend Group
Raleigh Ragan honed his graphic design and marketing communications expertise through stints as a co-founder and owner of Ozzie Smith’s Sports Academy, as the Director of Marketing and PR for the International Bowling Hall of Fame and Museum, and as a product manager for an internet startup back in the crazy dot com days.
Striking out on his own in 1998, Raleigh created a firm that provided clients with the services and resources of an internal marketing and corporate communications department — without the fixed overhead. The Ascend Group is based out of St. Louis but has clients all over the country.
A bit of an Anglophile, he enjoys several daily cups of tea imported from London and you’ll find his office and home littered with mementos from many trips to England, Scotland and Ireland. When he’s not busy working with staff on numerous client projects, Raleigh likes to spend time with his family or recharge by running or mountain biking several times a week through the woods and fields of a nearby 550+ acre park.
A film buff and lover of the written word, Raleigh writes novels in his spare time and is currently shopping a thriller.