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Anthony J. Asher
The Asher Center’s namesake

USEK trustee and successful American businessman Anthony J. Asher suggested the idea of creating a center that would help Lebanese youth find opportunities to stay in Lebanon. He contacted monks of the Lebanese Maronite Order, knowing that his plan fit perfectly with their mission. And a collaboration was born.

Asher began his career working at a title agency while attending law school. He and his father formed Guardian Title and Guaranty Agency. Guardian Title grew to be one of the largest title agencies in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A.

Asher went on to form Weston, Inc., an industrial real estate ownership firm that grew to be the largest in Northeast Ohio. Now in his 80s, he has passed the reins to his children, but remains involved as the chairman emeritus. He is also the owner of Graystone Properties, Inc., a real estate development company in Cleveland.

He serves as an USEK trustee and was awarded a Doctorate Honoris Causa in Business and Commercial Services at USEK’s 2015 graduation ceremony. He has received numerous recognitions, including two distinctive lifetime achievement awards: one from the Northern Ohio Chapter of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties for exceptional contributions to the industry and the other from the Northern Ohio Lebanese American Association for showing ex- ceptional commitment to the Lebanese community and the preservation of their heritage.

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