The growth of the Chicago film industry is mainly attributed to one man’s efforts, Alex Pissios . His endeavours in the film industry portray the true meaning of the saying, “success is what happens when preparation meets hard work”. As a young man who believed in hard work and dedication, his life went through a rollercoaster of events that eventually led him to staggering heights of success. Alex Pissios is recognized as a successful businessman in the film industry and a Chicago philanthropist.
Early life and career
Alex Pissios did not start his career as a film expert. Having been brought up in Northwest Chicago with his parents and grandparents, he wanted to pursue a career in special education. This ambition led him to study special education in the North Illinois University and later start a job as a student-teacher. At this point, he was offered his second employment as the head of his uncle’s leather and fur business in Indianapolis.
Alex Pissios left this business after 12 years of toiling very hard that he felt he needed a break. After leaving his uncle’s business, he invested in real estate, a decision that turned out to be highly regrettable. The real estate market collapsed, leaving him with serious financial difficulties. It was at this moment that he was introduced to Cinespace .
The Cinespace Experience
With his financial situation on the rocks, Alex Pissios was tasked with selling Chicago content to Hollywood, which was by no means and easy task. It took his dedication and the introduction of some iconic film titles, such as Chicago P.D., to bring the Chicago content to the film limelight. They saw growth in revenue from about $600 million to over $1.3 billion and created employment for over 20,000 people.
Giving back to Society
After building a world-class production facility, Alex Pissios thought it was time to do more than just invest. He developed a passion for making an impact on his community, a move that led him to establish the CineCares foundation, which aimed to nurture young careers in entertainment. He also engaged in many philanthropic activities and ensured that the CineCares foundation continued even after the sale of Cinespace. This philanthropy has become a huge part of his contribution to the youth of Chicago and the country at large.