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Jessica Esterkamp, President

Jessica founded Ascent Risk Management with the goal of reducing workplace risk through a holistic approach. Her approach emphasizes preventing claims from happening and minimizing them when they do occur.

She received her bachelor’s degree from University of Cincinnati. Her career in risk management began in 2001 with The Matrix Companies as Director of Corporate Development. She contributed to the awarding of Best Places to Work by the Business Courier and 100 Top Workplaces in Greater Cincinnati by the Enquirer, 

Jessica is a 2013 honoree of the Greater Cincinnati Cystic Fibrosis Association’s Cincinnati’s Finest program and is a graduate of the Cincinnati Chamber Women’s Excel Leadership Program through the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber. She is actively involved with the Greater Cincinnati Big Brothers-Big Sisters organization and is an annual volunteer and runner in the Flying Pig Marathon. 

Dave Kiley, VP National Case Management

Dave brings more than 20 years of workers’ compensation, managed care, and risk management experience to Ascent.  He came to us after previously starting his career with the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation and then progressing to senior management positions in the private sector with both Ohio-based and national risk management companies CompManagement and Sedgwick CMS.

Dave served as president of one of Ohio’s largest managed care organizations where he was a board member and treasurer for the MCO League of Ohio.

He is a member of various business and trade groups including the Central Ohio Self-Insurers Association, the Dublin Chamber of Commerce, and the Service Association of Ohio.


Tommy Watkins, Vice President of Safety Sales

Tommy joined Ascent in 2014 as the Safety Sales Director. He got his start in the safety industry in 2013 as a sales manager. He has over 14 year’s sales experience. Previously to entering the safety world, Tommy worked at Heidelberg Distributing as a Sales Representative.

Tommy received his Bachelor’s Degree from Capital University where he was a member of the football and baseball teams along with being on the Student Athletic Advisory Committee.

He is actively involved in the JGH Memorial Fund and sits on Roger Bacon's Athletic Stag Committee. He is a member of Allied Construction Industry (ACI) and Cincinnati Master Plumbers Association. 


Scott Zoromski,  Risk Management Consultant

Scott serves as the Risk Management Consultant for Ascent focusing on safety. Scott is a top performing Senior Account Executive and Outside Sales Manager with a twenty year record of success within the industrial distribution industry. He possesses strong business development skills proved through consistent territory and branch growth.

At RS Hughes Company, Scott was charged with developing and executing sales strategies throughout SW Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and West Virginia. He managed approximately 300 accounts and $3,000,000 annual sales and grow customer base through networking, referrals, cold calling and sales presentations.


Troy Teepe, Vice President of Safety Operations

Troy Teepe is a versatile Safety Director with vast experience in creating safety programs and specializing in helping companies build a strong safety culture. In addition, Troy has conducted numerous training and inspections for employers in construction, manufacturing, healthcare, and general industry settings. He is a results-orientated safety professional who drives safety values through a practical, motivational, hands-on and educational approach resulting in a reduction of lost time days.

Troy's many years in the construction and manufacturing industry help him relate to personnel of all backgrounds. Over the year's Troy has gained many certifications including his OSHA 500, 502, 510 and 511. He is an accredited trainer for the OSHA 10 and 30-hour in both construction and general industry, as well as, a certified safety auditor and inspection technician. Troy is also an accredited trainer for industrial forklifts, aerial work platforms, skid steers, hazardous materials, Hazardous Waste Train the Trainer, CPR/First Aid, and Drug Free Workplace authorized trainer. Troy also has the knowledge of the workers' compensation system and the financial impact of an improved safety culture for employers.

Troy spent time as a Safety Director in the field for a large construction company, followed by leading a change in culture as the Safety Manager for the largest family owned bottler of Pepsi in the United States resulting in fifty percent reduction in workers' compensation claims and 75 percent reduction in OSHA recordable accidents.

Troy helps clients achieve OSHA compliance and strong safety cultures by promoting workplace safety awareness and accountability in their daily work practices to ensure all employees get home safe. His real-world experience helps him relate to all client employees. 


George Shaw, Safety Director

George Shaw is a skilled and widely experienced Safety Director with a 20+ year track record of promoting compliance strategies that mitigate risks while being mindful of the bottom line. He has demonstrated success analyzing processes and implementing solutions that reduce hazards while improving safety culture. 

George has been a Certified Safety Professional since 2008, gaining his expertise while working in automotive, food and electronics manufacturing industries. He has also developed an understanding of a wide variety of in both general industry and construction while working as a Safety Director in the staffing industry.

George helps our clients achieve OSHA compliance by promoting workplace safety awareness and accountability in their daily work practices to ensure all employees get home safe. 


Joe Robinson, Safety Coordinator 

 Joe Robinson is currently an active OSHA compliance and general safety trainer. Joe has his OSHA 500 and OSHA 510 certifications. Joe has a vast experience in creating, implementing and managing safety programs for several employers over his 7 years in operations and EH&S. Joe has chaired safety committees, conducted employee OSHA compliance safety trainings and new hire safety orientations. Joe has extensive knowledge and experience with DOT regulations and program management.