Evelyn Adelman | Broker
Evelyn Adelman is a licensed broker in North Carolina.
Prior to joining Ascent, Evelyn spent nearly a decade working in finance in a variety of roles in the Fixed Income Division at Wells Fargo Securities. Evelyn participated in the execution of 800 bookrun transactions for the Investment Grade Syndicate desk raising $650 billion in proceeds for companies. Most recently, Evelyn was a bond salesperson on the High Yield Sales and Trading Desk where she managed multiple client relationship and executed $750 million in trade volumes. Evelyn has previously held her Series 7 and 63 licenses.
Evelyn is a Charlotte native and graduated from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelors degree with distinction in International Studies. She is fluent in both Spanish and Russian. She is passionate about Charlotte and spends her free time supporting the Arts. Outside of work, Evelyn volunteers for The Lunch Project, a local non-profit that transforms communities by empowering and connecting kids across the globe. Additionally, she is currently participating on the Charlotte Arts & Science Council Cultural Leadership Program.
Chapman Chastain | Broker
Chapman Chastain is an Associate Broker at Ascent Real Estate Partners licensed in North and South Carolina. Chapman specializes in Landlord and Tenant leasing services in some of Charlotte’s most exciting infill neighborhoods including; South End, NoDa, Plaza Midwood, and North End. Since coming on with Ascent in 2017, Chapman has participated in over $12,000,000 in leasing and sales transactions.
Originally from Alabama, Chapman attended Troy University where he majored in Psychology. He then went on to work for Vail Resorts in Colorado and relocated to Charlotte in 2016. Chapman now lives in Uptown Charlotte with his wife and two daughters. They enjoy spending their free time playing golf, traveling, and frequenting Charlotte’s markets, restaurants, and breweries.
Jon Dixon | Principal / Co-Founder
Jon is a Principal and Co-Founder of Ascent. Jon is a licensed broker in North Carolina and specializes in sourcing, funding and managing commercial real estate assets. Jon has been involved on the principal side of over $80mm of commercial real estate investments in the past 4 years. Ongoing projects and past investments include adaptive reuse, single-family development, multi-family apartments and management of over 200,000 square feet of commercial real estate.
Prior to founding Ascent Capital, Jon lived in New York City where he was an equity derivatives sales trader at FGC Securities covering hedge funds, asset managers and investment banks. Jon began his career with Bank of America Merrill Lynch where he worked in structured products focused on real estate. He participated in all aspects of over $3 billion in commercial real estate debt obligations. Jon holds the Series 63 and 7 licenses.
Jon is a Charlotte native and graduate of both the Charlotte Country Day School and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he studied psychology and economics. Jon is a member of Myers Park Presbyterian Church and a board member of The Corners Society, a Charlotte-based nonprofit that focuses 100% of its resources within the local community. Jon resides in Charlotte with his wife and two daughters.
Mark Ethridge | Partner
Mark is a Partner at Ascent Capital and is responsible for sourcing, funding, structuring and managing real estate investments on behalf of the company. Prior to joining Ascent, Mark was a Vice President at Bellwether Enterprise Real Estate Capital where he arranged debt and equity financing through life insurance companies, securitized loan platforms, commercial banks and private equity funds. Between 2014 and 2017, Mark originated or co-originated 38 transactions totaling over $375 million. Mark was a financial analyst at Bellwether Enterprise (formerly Capital Advisors) before being promoted to his role as a loan originator and started his career as a commercial real estate broker at Argos Real Estate Advisors.
Mark currently serves on the boards of Urban Ministry Center and the Renaissance West Community Initiative. He was a member of Center City Partners’ affordable housing task force and has been active in several leadership roles with the Urban Land Institute. Mark is a Charlotte native and graduated from Princeton University in 2010.
DAVIS HAHN | Partner
Davis Hahn is a Brokerage Partner at Ascent Real Estate Partners specializing in the leasing and sales of retail and office properties. Davis’ primary focus is on the Charlotte MSA with experience across the Carolinas. Since joining Ascent, he has completed over $70M of transactions.
Davis has managed the lease-up of several high-profile retail properties in the Uptown, South End, and Midtown submarkets for clients ranging from publicly traded REITS to local family offices. Most recently he was a partner in the acquisition, renovation and stabilization of a 23,000 SF shopping center on South Boulevard and a 32,000 SF shopping center on Arrowood Road.
A Charlotte native, Davis is a graduate of Providence Day School and NC State University, where he worked in commercial real estate while earning his Bachelor’s Degree. Davis currently lives in South Charlotte with his wife who owns a successful local chain of beauty bar salons.
HEATH KNOTT | Partner
Heath graduated Clemson University in 1996 with a BS in Financial Management with a concentration in commercial real estate and a minor in Accounting. After graduation he immediately began working with The Tuttle Company, where he brokered transactions from the locations for the movie the Patriot to retail/ restaurants in the Charlotte Metro area.
Developing and brokering a significant part of Manchester Village in Rock Hill, Heath was involved in a Consolidated Theatre, Hilton Hotel, restaurants, retail, and apartments. In 2000 he founded The Providence Group of the Carolinas, where he worked until 2004 when he sold out of his interest in the company.
Since the beginning of his career, he has been involved in the development of a Harris Teeter anchored center, a Trader Joe's anchored center, a lifestyle power center anchored by Target, and Consolidated Theaters. In the past 7 years he has broadened his experience to Medical and Professional office with the development of more than 200,000 sf, and the investment sale of nearly $100 million dollars of high quality medical office assets.
Most recently Heath worked At Flagship Capital Partners, as their Vice President of Asset Management.
Caci cambruzzi jaeger | Asset Manager
Caci Cambruzzi Jaeger brings over 12 years of residential and commercial real estate experience to the Ascent team. She focuses on Asset Management throughout the entire asset lifecycle from the acquisition process, development or renovation, operations through disposition.
Prior to moving to Charlotte from New York City, Caci worked for LCOR, a large residential developer, owner and operator. At LCOR, Caci was responsible for overseeing over $500M of multifamily renovation and development projects. She also provided third-party asset management and workout services for Lehman Brothers’ real estate portfolio. Before joining LCOR in 2010, Caci was a Senior Associate at AIG’s Investment Group (AIG Global Real Estate) focused on residential real estate acquisitions and asset management.
Caci graduated from Brown University Magna Cum Laude with Honors and holds a master’s degree from Harvard University. Caci is a licensed real estate broker in North Carolina and New York. She is a LEED certified professional and a member of ULI. She is an active supporter of several local charitable organizations focusing on opportunities for at-risk youth and the arts.
AARON LIGON | Managing Principal / Co-Founder
Aaron Ligon is a licensed Broker in North and South Carolina, and serves as Broker in Charge for Ascent Real Estate Partners. Aaron is proficient in Leasing & Brokerage, Development and Investment Sales. Aaron annually ranks among the leading producers in the Charlotte MSA.
Over the past 15 years, Aaron has developed office, medical-office, retail, multi-family residential, and single-family residential properties, recently participating in over $100mm in mixed use development in Southend, Charlotte, NC.
Aaron lives in Charlotte with his wife and 2 sons. In 2005, Aaron co-founded Charlotte Succession, a local 501(c)3 corporation for young professionals, and served as chair for 3 years. Aaron also serves in various roles with the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art.
Cynthia Lombardi | Accounting
Cynthia joined the Ascent team in 2017 and brings a robust history of private practice accounting to our team.
FRANK MARTIN | Broker
Over three decades of Charlotte's growth, Frank Martin has been among the city's most active and respected real estate professionals. Following graduation from the University of North Carolina, where he was a Morehead Scholar and member of Phi Beta Kappa, he served in the U.S. Navy. Upon discharge, he entered Harvard Business School as a Spencer Love Fellow.
After receiving his MBA, Frank joined an Atlanta firm developing resort real estate in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Florida. Several years later, he moved to Charlotte, where he began his own development firm. Since then he has developed a wide range of properties including Infill condominium and mixed use developments, Single family subdivisions, Conversions of apartments to condominiums, Subdivision of commercial sites, and Medical office buildings.
He has served as president of the Homebuilders Association of Charlotte; commissioner of the Charlotte Housing Authority; chairman of Sustainable North Carolina, a business-oriented environmental advocacy group; chairman of The Harvest Center, non-profit providing meals for the homeless; and chairman of Sugar Creek Charter School, a K-8 school serving low income, minority children.
Marshall Ranson | Broker
Marshall Ranson is a licensed real estate broker in North Carolina. Marshall was an intern in 2016 and 2017 at Ascent, allowing him to gain experience in real estate services and increase his knowledge of the Charlotte market.
Marshall is a Charlotte native and graduate of Christ School and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he studied Economics and took several real estate courses through Kenan-Flagler Business School. Marshall is a member of First Presbyterian Church of Charlotte and enjoys spending his free time traveling, hiking, and fishing.
MATT STANKUS | Broker
Matt is a licensed Broker in North Carolina, specializing in commercial property sales for owners/occupiers and investors. Matt’s education and background in finance translates to high competency in commercial property financing, feasibility, and investment analysis.
Prior to joining Ascent, Matt was a Vice President at Bank of America Merrill Lynch where he managed a portfolio of institutional clients dealing in foreign currency sales and trading. Matt began his career with Morgan Stanley in New York City where he worked in Institutional Equity Sales and Research. Matt has previously held his Series 7 and 63 licenses.
Matt was born and raised in Chapel Hill and graduated from Appalachian State University where he studied Economics and Finance. Matt is a member of the Professional Associates Network of the Historic Preservation Foundation of North Carolina and a member of Myers Park United Methodist Church. Matt lives in Myers Park with his wife and son.