As well as serving on SALC’s Board of Directors, long-time member Duff Hearon is actively engaged in several SALC focus areas and committees, including the Governance and Infrastructure focus areas, the Membership and Strategic Initiatives committees, and the Tucson Regional Water Coalition.
For over 25 years Duff has been joint or sole Principal and the Chief Executive Officer of the Ashland Group, a diversified investment company in commercial real estate, land and securities. He is a graduate of the University of Arizona School of Law with highest distinction and holds Bachelor of Science degrees in both Finance and Accounting, also from the University of Arizona. After graduation from undergraduate school, Duff was proud to be commissioned and serve as an officer in the United States Army.
Duff began his business career as a CPA in the Chicago office of a “Big 8” accounting firm (back when there were 8!). He returned to Tucson and, after his graduation from law school, practiced commercial and tax law with the largest law firm in Southern Arizona. While no longer actively practicing law, he is still recognized as an “A” and “V” rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell, the National Lawyers Directory, its highest designation for legal expertise and ethics. Duff established Ashland Group in 1985.
Duff holds or has held board positions with many professional organizations including, the Board of Directors of the University Science & Technology Park, Pima County Real Estate Research Council (Chairman), the Conquistadores and the Greater Tucson Economic Council – GTEC (Chairman), and the Centurions. He also served as a Board member and Fundraising Campaign Chairman of the United Way of Greater Tucson. He is a member of Tucson Airport Authority and University of Arizona President’s Club. Duff was an initial member of the Governor’s Strategic Partnership for Economic Development (GSPED).
Duff’s proudest of raising three children (now adults) Heather, Megan and Duff James with his wife of over 30 years, Michelle. His family and good friends in this Valley and State are what inspire him daily to try to create a better and more prosperous Community.