Investment from an Owner's Perspective.
What We Do
Ashland Group is a real estate investment and development company. We manage and develop raw land, industrial, self-storage, and office buildings.
Ashland Group and the Hearon Company is a third generation family business that has been invested in Arizona since 1935.
We invest our own capital along with our partners in every investment we manage. This alignment with our investors allows us a strong sense of ownership throughout the process to maximize returns; from asset selection, due diligence and development, to operation and eventual exit.
Duff has over 35 years of commercial real estate investment experience. As the owner of Ashland Group since 1985, Duff and his partners have syndicated and operated over 100 million dollars in assets and transactions. Before starting Ashland, Duff obtained his CPA while working for Arthur Andersen in Chicago. He then returned to the University of Arizona to earn his JD and practiced law as a tax and commercial attorney with Molloy, Jones & Donohue.
Duff is a board member of the Arizona Commerce Authority and the Southern Arizona Leadership Council. He is active in fundraising for the First Tee and Boys and Girls Club of Tucson through the Tucson Conquistadors, and many other activities.
Duff James has over 12 years of experience in real estate and asset management. Upon graduating from the University of Arizona with a business degree in Accounting, Duff worked in management consulting and finance primarily in the financial services industry. He obtained his CPA while working with Ernst & Young and worked in multiple hedge funds based in San Francisco. Duff has a taken a leadership role in Ashland over the past three years and is growing the portfolio throughout Arizona.
Duff James is an active member of the Urban Land Institute, Pinal Partnership, Valley Partnership and Metropolitan Pima Alliance.