is the owner, marketing and creative director of Ascent Marketing, LLC. Since1982, Ascent has been on the ground floor of building the Natural Products Industry through excellence in Branding, Package Design, Strategic Planning, Comprehensive Product Support, Advertising and Media Planning. Allen's work has been recognized in such design journals as HOW and PRINT, as well as winning a number of packaging awards. His comprehensive marketing knowledge has led to substantial sales growth for a number of the most progressive natural products companies. With 30 years of "natural" experience, Allen is networked with an extensive group of the leading experts in marketing & sales on the national scene, both retail and food service. A personal commitment to sustainable living and the protection of the environment have been motivational forces behind his company's extensive track record.