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Session 5

Building the Future: Real Estate Development Driving Growth in Northeast Ohio

Presented By: First Federal Lakewood

 Join us for an illuminating panel discussion on the transformative power of real estate development in Northeast Ohio. Learn from industry leaders, including a visionary restaurateur revitalizing "The Flats," and two prominent developers shaping the region's landscape. Discover how strategic projects are fueling capital flow, attracting investment, and catalyzing M&A activity, driving economic prosperity in our community and beyond.


Dustin S. Klein
Chief Content Officer
Smart Business

Dustin is an award-winning business journalist, bestselling author, and the chief content officer of Smart Business. Over the past 30 years, he has interviewed thousands of business and civic leaders, and helped more than 50 CEOs and entrepreneurs transform their ideas into books. A trained investigative politics reporter and former digital media entrepreneur, Dustin joined Smart Business in 1997 after serving as an editor at several daily newspapers.


TJ Asher
President, Acquisitions & Development
Weston, Inc.

Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio

Passions: TJ loves everything about the great outdoors from camping and fishing to snow skiing. A boat owner and avid water-skier, he enjoys spending time on the 360-acre family property in northeast Cleveland.

His Role at Weston: Today, as President of Weston Acquisitions and Development Group, he is instrumental in identifying strategically located properties in target markets and port cities, securing financing, and finalizing each project through to its closing and stabilization period.

Most recently he has acquired the company’s largest group of properties to date, a 5.5 million square feet industrial portfolio of manufacturing, warehouse, flex space and industrial properties in South Carolina known as Carolina Industrial Properties.

A Cleveland native, he and his wife and three children live in Aurora.


Victor DiGeronimo Jr.
DiGeronimo Companies

Victor DiGeronimo, CEO of DiGeronimo Companies, leads its transformation and client services, managing multimillion-dollar procurement and fostering key relationships. With a BS in Industrial Engineering and Marketing, he rose from equipment operator to CEO. Victor drives urban redevelopment projects including Cornerstone Business Park and Valor Acres. Actively involved in industry organizations and philanthropy, he was recognized as Ernst & Young's "Entrepreneur of the Year" in 2017.


Bobby George
Founder & CEO
Ethos Capital

Bobby George is a majority owner in over 20 restaurants and he is tied to over 30 other businesses. While mainly known for his restaurants in Cleveland and Columbus, He is also the founder and CEO of Ethos Capital.

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