Igor Zhizhin

Principal & Founder

Chicago, IL
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Igor Zhizhin has successfully demonstrated over a decade of experience overseeing the financial interests of boutique firms in multiple sectors. His diverse background includes raising financing for a film production company in Chicago, real estate investment trust in California, and a medical transportation company in New York. In these roles, Mr. Zhizhin came to realize that there was a substantial lack of comprehensive commercial lending solutions for small and entry-level middle market companies. He was one of the founders of the Investment Street Group of companies in Chicago that specialized in providing full-service commercial lending to meet non-conforming needs of the small business marketplace. The companies were closed successfully due to the changes in the marketplace to allow him to transition into his new venture in conforming commercial lending.

In the beginning of 2009, Mr. Zhizhin partnered with the principal of American Street Mortgage Company to launch American Street Capital (“ASC”). ASC was created to offer best in class small balance commercial lending advisory services. In less than five years, the company has become one of the leading commercial mortgage companies in Chicago and has also established a strong national reputation. Since inception, ASC has successfully increased total loans funded and loan volume by over 70% each year.

Mr. Zhizhin is a member of several corporate advisory boards and is particularly proud of co-founding the American Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (“AUCCI”). Currently as an advisor to the organization he oversees the corporate initiatives of the organization to support bi-lateral business relations between the US and Ukraine. Mr. Zhizhin’s academic achievements include graduating with Honors from the University of Chicago with a Bachelors of Arts in psychology, master coursework in Organizational Behavior and Evaluation from Claremont Graduate University, and graduating from the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business with his Masters in Business Administration.

Publications

Scotsman Guide – The Summary of All Deals

Scotsman Guide – Know Your Borrower

Scotsman Guide – Seeing is Believing in Lending

Scotsman Guide – Navigate the GSE Highway