"Our mission, what we need to keep at the heart of everything, is an unwavering and uncompromising
focus on customer service." - James Asher, President of Weston Inc.
Edward P. Asher
President, Weston Equities
Mr. Asher is responsible for placing equity needed to fund Weston's newly acquired properties. His mission is to seek outside equity partners for the purpose of acquiring and redeveloping industrial warehouse and distribution centers in growth markets such as North and South Carolina, Texas, Nevada, and Northeast Ohio. To date, Weston has raised a significant amount of outside equity into approximately 100 separate partnership units used to acquire 10 different properties. Additionally, Mr. Asher completed Weston's first institutional equity transaction in 2008, further stretching Weston's abilities. Ed joined Weston in 1987, and has held a variety of roles. He is an active participant of The City Club of Cleveland, The Salvation Army, The Aitaneet Foundation, and The American Task Force for Lebanon.
Mr. Asher was appointed President in 2006 in which he is undertaking efforts to grow Weston and develop programs to enhance and promote its significant achievements. As President Mr. Asher is responsible for the overall revenue and profit performance of this national real estate company that includes over 400 tenants in 9 states in 12 million square feet of industrial and retail space. Weston has a history of innovation and entrepreneurship and Mr. Asher facilitates these qualities. Mr. Asher also serves on the company's Executive Management Committee which has given him unique insight and rare intuition into the inner workings of Weston, and he has positioned himself to take the company into the future.
Chairman of the Board
T.J. Asher is Chairman of the Board for Weston Inc., one of the region's largest privately held industrial real estate companies, with a presence across the United States. A 20+ year veteran of the company, Mr. Asher concurrently holds the position as President of Weston Acquisitions Group, a group formed in part by Mr. Asher himself. His focus is locating real estate to acquire for Weston's Real Estate Fund, currently being managed by Edward Asher. The goal of Weston Acquisitions Group is to acquire value-add industrial real estate in properties that are positioned to capitalize on the dynamics surrounding the transportation, distribution and logistics markets. Mr. Asher is actively involved in the community, serving on the board for Downtown Cleveland Alliance and United Cerebral Palsy.
Suzanne Asher Broadbent
Director of Sales and Marketing
Currently Suzanne is the Director of Sales and Marketing at Weston. She oversees the direction and success of both the Leasing Department as well as the Marketing Department. She is responsible for leasing and marketing the portfolio of properties nationally, which includes increasing revenues, overseeing all new lease negotiations, and lease renewals, marketing the vacant properties, and managing the marketing function thereof. Relationship development with customers, brokers, tenants, vendors, and other sources of leasing are key to this role for Weston.
Assistant Property Manager
A 12 year Weston employee with an architectural background, Mr. Caves graduated from Kent State University. A BOMA certified RPA and FMA, Brian serves on two BOMA committees. He works closely with tenants in all facets of their business, including energy efficient retrofitting in order to reduce utility costs, partnering with tenants for expansion of their services or space, and meeting with tenants on a regular basis to meet any other needs that may arise.
Head of Weston Capital Markets
Paul Downey is head of Weston Capital Markets (“WCM”) WCM was established to work closely with banks, investors, private equity firms to acquire and manage performing and non-performing commercial real estate throughout the US. Paul's background In commercial banking and fifteen years providing crisis/turnaround management consulting services to borrowers and lenders alike allows this group to provide essential single course solutions in difficult and complex situations. Paul has conducted a number of complex court appointed Receiverships on behalf of local and national financial institutions as well as trusted advisory services to institutions in the management and disposal of their troubled/non performing loan portfolio(s).
Mark K. Horton
President, Weston Development Company
Mr. Horton is responsible for seeking, developing, & managing large capital projects in both the public and private sectors. Nationally recognized as an expert in the design/build/development fields, Mr. Horton comes to Weston from C.T. Consultants, Inc., where he was the Director of Construction Services. He has an extensive background in real estate development, project management, & owner's representation. His most notable local projects include Chagrin Highlands, the Gateway Sports Complex, Cleveland Browns Stadium, Cincinnati Bengals' Paul Brown Stadium, and the Cleveland International Airport Expansion. In addition, Mark has managed projects for Ursuline College, Hiram College, Summa Healthcare System, the Cleveland Clinic, and the Cleveland Foodbank.
Regional Asset Manager
With over 25 years experience at Weston, Connie Knotts is responsible for overseeing the entire Cleveland region. She personally manages 31 projects and over 3 million square feet of properties. RPA certified and a BOMA chairperson, Connie is actively involved in helping tenants find the most practical solutions to their growth and expansion needs. Connie is a frequent visitor to our tenants, and takes an active role in their growth.
Senior Vice President
With over 17 years of experience in the Real Estate Industry Rob's previous ventures involving development, management, construction, selling, and leasing of multi-family, single family, and commercial properties made him the perfect choice to lead the Acquisitions division for Weston. Responsible for locating, negotiating, purchasing, and leasing large industrial facilities across the US, Rob's focus is primarily on properties in the Southeast and Southwest. In addition to his work in the acquisitions department, he works extensively in the leasing department as well. He is also a licensed Real Estate Agent in the State of Ohio. With a background that includes environmental consulting his experience is invaluable. Although he travels extensively he remains an active member of the Cleveland Community and has sat on several boards, including Medwish, Y-Haven, Medworks, and The Cleveland Area Golden Gloves Boxing Association.
Regional Asset Manager, Louisville
Kathy Preston has been with the company since its purchase of the Louisville, Kentucky portfolio since 1985. Mrs. Preston leases and manages 5 buildings with 195 tenants and close to 2 million square feet of industrial/flex space in Louisville. She maintains high levels of occupancy and charms everyone with her Southern drawl. Holding an RPA is a standard at Weston and Mrs. Preston fulfills this requirement.
Director of Property Operations
As Director of Property Operations, Allen is responsible for the Operations of Weston along with managing the entire out of state portfolio, including our retail divisions. A 25 year veteran of the company, Allen's knowledge of Weston and the industry he serves is substantial. RPA certified and sitting on the board of BOMA, Allen keeps a sharp focus on what the industry is doing and how it affects our Customers.
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"These are guys that understand how to get something done in a tough environment."
Cleveland City Councilman
"Weston has helped a number of our clients including RPM International solve difficult issues across their real estate footprint with creativity and rapid response whenever called upon. In the case of RPM, Weston stepped in to acquire an owned facility that was undergoing a new construction warehouse expansion when capital in that budget year became tight for the project. Weston developed the balance of the construction project using their capital, while creating a fair leaseback on market terms.
As a family-owned enterprise, Weston values relationships and a long-term view in crafting solutions to corporate real estate needs. A valued member of our community, Weston's generosity is now multi-generational and has created an enduring legacy in this regard. Founded by Anthony J. Asher over 30 years ago, the organization has grown into a regional portfolio that makes them a market leader with industrial and other opportunistic development that has served this firm's clients extremely well over the years."
-David P. O'Neill
Managing Director and Partner