Benjie serves the firm as President and helps lead the initiative for innovative practices and high-performance, sustainable design. Benjie's passion in leadership is providing excellence in service and business with integrity. Benjie joined the firm after graduating from Virginia Tech as an Electrical Engineer.
Randall W. Daniels
VP OF OPERATIONS / PLUMBING & FP DESIGNER
Randy leads our Roanoke office as Vice President of Operations and has been a member of the Ascent team for over three decades. He leads design and management for the plumbing and fire protection design department and provides leadership for our construction administration effort . Experienced in all engineering disciplines, Randy has responsibility for all aspects of project execution from project procurement, design and through construction administration. He has deep experience serving both private and public clients, meeting complex and comprehensive regulatory and review processes, including BCOM, with an emphasis on constructibility.
Randy is a Past President and Charter Member of the American Society of Plumbing Engineers, Blue Ridge Chapter.
Michael J. Sowick, PE
Mike serves as our Vice President with emphasis on Engineering Design and Project Management, has been a member of our team since 2001, and has served on the firm’s Board of directors since 2003. With over (22) years of experience with direct Owner-client sales, Mike specializes in developing constructible solutions for existing MEP systems renovation/rehabilitation work. His experience includes direct responsible design of central boiler and chiller plants, steam/hydronic systems, custom air handling equipment, building automation and control systems. Mike realizes prescribed solutions are generally not the most effective approach for addressing malfunctioning, antiquated MEP systems, and each project requires a distinct, engineered solution, with emphasis on construction schedule/cost control.
Mike is a licensed Professional Engineer in Virginia and Maryland; and is a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).
David L. Roller, PE, LEED AP, CEM, GBE
David serves as our Mechanical Department Head and has been a member of our team since 2000. He has experience across multiple project types as well as a large variety of mechanical system types. His specialties include green building and high performance design, central plant systems, hydronic systems, energy modeling, and construction administration.
David is a licensed Professional Engineer in Virginia, North Carolina, and Maryland; holds certifications as a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP), Certified Energy Manager (CEM), and Green Building Engineer (GBE); and is a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).
Boyd G. Headley, III, PE, LEED AP
Mr. Headley has worked in the engineering industry since 1980, joining Ascent in 1983. He is a licensed Professional Engineer, a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), and a LEED Accredited Professional. Boyd established our Commissioning Department in 2004 and has been the lead agent on each of Ascent’s commissioning projects. He has extensive experience with quality processes, having served as our HVAC Department Head before becoming our Commissioning Department Head.
Boyd’s specialties include: HVAC Design Engineering; Energy Management; Controls; Commissioning; Project Management; and Construction Administration.
Sean L. Mallahan, PE, LEED AP
Sean has been a member of the Ascent team for over a decade, and started in the CAD department before becoming a Mechanical Engineer. He is the lead designer and project manager for many commercial and educational projects. As a licensed engineer in VA and MD, Sean’s responsibilities include all aspects of project implementation from Pre-Design and Design through Construction Administration. With a personal involvement in many LEED Certified buildings, he is also familiar with the green building industry and the LEED certification process. Sean is also the Building Information Modeling (BIM) Manager and oversees all aspects of the firms implementation of BIM.
Randall O. Spencer, PE, RCDD
Randy has been a member of our team since 1993 and currently serves as our Information Technology Department Head. His experience spreads across multiple project types along with a large variety of electrical systems such as; lighting, data, networks and communication, media, alarm, security monitoring, access control, power generation (solar and generators), static UPS equipment, energy efficient designs and construction administration.
Randy graduated in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science degree from Old Dominion University in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Virginia; holds credentials as a Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD) and is a long standing member of IEEE.
Randy has been involved in various new construction and renovation projects over his tenure for College and University buildings (classroom buildings, science buildings, laboratories, student centers, athletic facilities, dorms, data centers and central energy plants), K-12 public schools (elementary, middle, high school buildings, theatrical facilities, athletic facilities and support facilities), public libraries, airport renovations (food services, fire alarm, security, access control, data networking, audio video, outside fiber cable plants and support facilities), data centers (commercial, public schools and universities), black box theaters (public schools, colleges, and universities), fire stations, police stations (state of the art technology for support system, investigative services and forensics).