Dante O. Fierros
President-Owner of Ascenso Development Group LLC
Dante O. Fierros, President-Owner of Ascenso Development Group LLC., (ADG) and Nichols Precision in Tempe Az., brings over 30 years of senior management level experience in the Aerospace and Defense markets. Dante and his wife Mary Ann, came to Arizona in 1997 and jointly established Ascenso Development Group LLC., a business development consulting practice helping small to medium-sized companies with business development issues. The acquisition and growth of Nichols Precision followed in 2007.
Prior to 1997 Dante led business development teams at Hughes Aircraft Co., Allied Signal Corp., General Dynamics Corp., Kollmorgen/Danaher Corp., and Lucas Aerospace UK/USA. He has led teams nationally and internationally in attaining corporate, tactical and strategic objectives. A major portion of his work has been directed to the Department of Defense and Congress while serving as a corporate representative to these Washington D.C.-based federal organizations.
Prior to commencing his industry-focused career, Dante was a USAF pilot during the Viet Nam conflict and attained the rank of Major during his 10 years of service.
Most recently, Dante has been elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). Dante is a past President of the Arizona Tooling and Machining Association (ATMA). Dante is also the Chairman of the Arizona Manufacturing Partnership (AMP) and is a member of the Arizona Quality Skills Commission. In 2014, Dante was selected as a member to the ACTEAZ “Circle of Distinction” and was selected as the “Industry Person of the Year-2016” by the ACTEAZ.
Dante is a graduate of California State Polytechnic University (Cal Poly) where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and Business Administration and also a graduate of La Verne University where he earned his Masters of Business Administration.