Get to Know Ascensus

Meet the Ascensus leaders who drive the programs, technology, services, and teams that create a world-class experience for you and your clients.

As you work more and more with us, you'll see the Ascensus difference for yourself. Wherever you're headed with your clients, we'll help you get there through our people power.

Meet Anthony Bologna

Anthony has served as Eastern region divisional vice president for our Retirement distribution team since 2014. He oversees our dedicated team of Eastern regional vice presidents who partner with advisors and plan sponsors to deliver innovative solutions for their retirement program objectives.

He has more than 25 years of retirement industry expertise at Ascensus in a variety of distribution management roles. Anthony finds deep purpose in collaborating closely with partners, advisors, plan sponsors, and his team—especially as it impacts the lives of those we serve.

Meet Carolyn Fraser

Carolyn has served as head of internal sales for Ascensus since 2021. As a key member of Distribution leadership, she oversees strategic teams who partner closely with advisors and plan sponsors—while also maintaining internal sales operations and reporting responsibilities.

She has 27 years of retirement industry expertise at Ascensus and previously at Vanguard, where she spent more than a decade working on defined benefit plans before shifting into relationship management and client administration leadership positions. She leads her teams to adopt a consultative approach with advisors and their clients to understand their needs and provide solutions to their challenges.

Meet Dan Basile

Dan has served as head of retirement product for Ascensus since late 2019 and is responsible for the full lifecycle of Ascensus retirement product offerings—from ideation through delivery and ongoing management. He also leads product for our Enterprise Solutions and FuturePlan divisions.

Prior to joining Ascensus, he led retirement product for BlackRock. In total, he has more than 20 years of retirement industry experience across multiple roles and functions. He finds deep purpose in collaborating with others to solve problems and deliver better outcomes for plan sponsors and their participants.

Meet Mindy O'Connor

Mindy has served as head of business development for Ascensus' Retirement division since 2018. Her role includes oversight and leadership of our business development team that collaborates directly with key distribution partners—including broker-dealers, independent advisory firms, third-party administrators (TPAs), institutional partners, and pooled plan partners.

She has nearly 25 years of retirement industry experience in a variety of roles, and she’s passionate about deepening relationships and developing strategies with our partners to drive mutual growth.

Meet Jason Crane

Jason has served as head of retirement distribution for Ascensus since 2018. His role includes strategy and leadership of all advisory and institutional sales, and business development activities supporting Ascensus platform solutions for Ascensus-branded defined contribution business.

During his nearly 20-year career and as an executive, Jason has developed a strong track record of collaborating with financial advisors, consultants, TPAs, and distribution firms for sustained growth.