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James Ascot

Ph.D., CCIM, CIPS
President | CEO
jascot@ascotrealty.com

James Ascot immigrated to the United States from Greece when he was 9 years old. He grew up in the City of Chicago and attended public schools there, graduating from Lane Technical High School. He earned Bachelor of Science and Masters (in guidance counseling) degrees from Bradley University, Peoria, IL and holds a Doctorate of Philosophy degree in Psychology from Columbia Pacific University, San Rafael, CA. He was on staff at Forest Hospital in Des Plaines as a therapist and served thereafter as its Director of Outpatient Placement Services. He later worked at Loretto Hospital in Chicago as a crisis intervention specialist in the emergency room. During this time he studied for two years at the Himalayan Institute of Yoga, Psychology and Philosophy in Glenview and taught Abnormal Psychology at Oakton Community College.

His career interests thereafter changed from crisis intervention to real estate. In 1986 he established Ascot Realty Group, Inc., based in downtown Chicago, IL. His firm manages properties and works primarily in commercial property development, sales and leasing, including office, retail, restaurant and industrial space and holds real estate broker licenses in Illinois and California. He is a past President of the Chicago Association of REALTORS® and has served on numerous committees of the Illinois and National Associations of REALTORS®.

He is a past President of AIRE (Association of Industrial Real Estate Brokers). Mr. Ascot is a CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member), CIPS (Certified International Property Specialist), a Past-President of FIABCI Chicago Chapter (The International Real Estate Federation). He was Chairman of the National Association of Realtors International Operations Committee (2003) and was NAR’s Presidential Liaison to the Hellenic Association of Realtors (Greece) from 2001-2004.

Mr. Ascot has been awarded the Illinois Association of Realtors Presidential Award for outstanding service and is a “Golden R” member of the Realtor Political Action Committee. He was named the Chicago Association of Realtors’ “Realtor of the Year” in 1999.

Mr. Ascot is actively involved in the community and provides charitable services to a number of organizations, including Rotary One of Chicago, is a past President of the Lane Tech High School Alumni Association, and is a former Chairman of its Local School Council. In addition, he has served as a Director on the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors (1998), as a member of the Chamber’s Cook County Property Tax Task Force (2001) and as co-chairman of the Council’s Education Workforce Quality Committee (2002). Mr. Ascot also served as Chairman of the Chicago Board of Education’s Promotional Task Force (1999), as a result of appointment by former Chicago Public Schools Superintendent Paul Vallas. He currently serves as President of the Jefferson Tower Condominium Association, 200 No. Jefferson St., Chicago, IL. He has been a director of the Chicago Composers’ Forum since 2006 and is a member of the River North Association.

Mr. Ascot was a candidate in the Democratic Party primary for the U.S. Congress from Illinois’ 7th Congressional District in 2006.