Meet the Team at Ascend

Adam & Hannah Farr, Owners
Adam is the founder and managing partner of Ascend Properties, with 17 years of direct industry experience, including 11 years of management and director-level leadership at the exclusive Yellowstone Club. During his tenure at Yellowstone Club, Adam oversaw enormous growth, with the number of luxury homes under management exceeding 325. As both the Operations Manager and Director of Residential Services, he gained invaluable knowledge overseeing the entire Property Management, Rental Home Program and Housekeeping departments. Leaving Yellowstone Club after 11 years to realize his dream of founding his own company, Adam brings his wealth of knowledge and experience to Ascend Properties, with the mission of being the premier rental home and property management company in Big Sky. When not working tirelessly at Ascend Properties, Adam enjoys raising his family in Big Sky with his wife and business partner Hannah, along with the endless outdoor adventures Southwest Montana has to offer.

Alex Powell, Operations Manager
Alex joined the Ascend Properties Team with ten years of combined experience in luxury hospitality and management. After graduating from Northern Arizona University’s highly acclaimed Hospitality Program with a Bachelor’s in Hotel and Restaurant Management, Alex then began his career working with Adam at the prestigious Yellowstone Club here in Big Sky. There he managed a significant Housekeeping Department, caring and cleaning for several hundred million dollars in luxury real estate. Alex is eager to do anything and everything to ensure that Ascend Properties delivers to your highest expectations! He has chosen Montana as his forever home, attracted to its beauty, sense of community and its multiple, year-round outdoor activities.

Sammie Ellsworth, Rental Home Manager

Winters ago Sammie joined the seasonal migration to Big Sky and hasn’t looked back. Growing up in rural Alaska, Sammie never dreamed of finding another area as breathtaking so when she did, she decided to call Big Sky, Montana home. Sammie’s eye to detail and go-getter attitude quickly found their place in Property Management. After her time leading Big Sky Vacation Rentals’ Property Readiness Team, Sammie joined the Ascend Properties Team and continued to hone her skills in finding vacation rentals of the highest standard that go above and beyond our guest's expectations. Specializing in guest and owner communication, Sammie strives to create exceptional experiences stemming from a personalized level of property management services with customized care plans for each unique property. Whether it is facilitating vendors for landscaping, coordinating with our experienced housekeeping for a mid-stay clean, or helping guests with ski-in ski-out directions, Sammie is eager to be of assistance.

Kathleen Shust, Reservations Manager

Originally from upstate New York, Kathleen brings a wealth of knowledge to the Ascend family. With a Bachelor’s degree in hospitality management and over 12 years of experience, she found her stride in the mountains of Montana and has never looked back! As the reservations manager she conveys warmth and understanding in any situation that arises and is always willing to with work guests to ensure they have a Montana adventure of a lifetime. When not at work, Kathleen is an avid reader who loves exploring the outdoors, whether that be hiking, white water rafting or skydiving!

Ryan Bailey, Maintenance Manager