Ascent Solutions Chairman and CEO JD Harris Earns Smart Business Dealmakers’ ‘Dealmaker of the Year’ Award

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Recognition honors cybersecurity leader’s work and expertise in M&A and financial investment in Greater Twin Cities area

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“I’m grateful for the Smart Business Dealmakers recognition of our work at Ascent...We’re giving everything we’ve got to achieve something we believe is a universal human right: cybersecurity.”

JD Harris, chairman and CEO at Ascent Solutions, the company that solves the most challenging cybersecurity problems, has been selected for the 2022 Dealmaker of the Year Award from the Smart Business Dealmakers Conference for his work and expertise in M&A and financial investment in the greater Twin Cities area.

“I’m grateful for the Smart Business Dealmakers recognition of our work at Ascent, and at the same time, I feel like an inadequate recipient,” said JD Harris. “I’d be remiss if I didn’t celebrate our team’s incredible talent and achievement. They’re the reason why I come to work every day, and their passion shapes the way we approach investment: as a catalyst for growth and our mission. We won’t stop until we save the world from cybercrime. We’re giving everything we’ve got to achieve something we believe is a universal human right: cybersecurity.”

The Ascent recapitalization included RunTide Capital, which acquired a minority investment in Ascent Solutions for an undisclosed amount in December 2021. As part of the deal, Ascent Investments LLC (Oxbow Industries and Exmarq Capital), Ascent’s previous investors, remain as smaller minority investors. JD Harris and his wife, Tina, through their company, Nissi Holdings LLC, remain as majority investors.

Harris also spoke on a panel called “Building strong cap stacks for financing growth and acquisitions.” The session included a roundtable discussion among senior executives and veteran financiers on ways to build successful financial growth strategies at any stage in a business life cycle.

The Smart Business Dealmakers Conference connects thousands of local dealmakers from middle-market CEOs to top investors and lenders to leading M&A advisors. With sessions ranging from raising capital to buying and selling companies to alternative asset investing, the conference covers the breadth of the M&A landscape. For more information, visit https://www.smartbusinessdealmakers.com/minneapolis/event/.

ABOUT ASCENT SOLUTIONS
Ascent is the partner to solve the most challenging cybersecurity problems. The firm is built to evolve cybersecurity posture, modernize Microsoft solutions, and manage entire security ecosystems. With constantly advancing capabilities, Ascent provides organizations with the consulting excellence and operational expertise needed to build a safer tomorrow. For more information visit http:http://www.meetascent.com.

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