Alex Pissios is from Chicagoland. He attained his bachelor’s in English literature at the University of Northern Illinois. He committed most of his time working as a mentor to a young man with autism. He followed his father’s path, a teacher for special education before he ventured into real estate. The establishment of real estate by Alex Pissios in the neighborhoods near the United Center began in 2003. After the 2008 great recession, he almost lost everything but was saved from a family bond. After his experience, he was more inspired to improve the less good neighborhood and make Chicago a better place.
The determination and ambition of Alex Pissios inspired his Uncle Nick Mirkopoulos, who had established the production of film and television in Toronto. The two decided to get together on a similar production facility in Chicago and brought the former Ryerson Steel Complex in 2011. The North Lawndale neighborhood later became the most prominent independent movie studio at Los Angeles, Cinespace Chicago Film Studios.
Alex Pissios and his two brothers Nick and Dean founded The Cinecares Foundation in honor of the memory of their uncle Nick Mirkopoulos. He innovated programs that improved the lives of the Chicago residents. The partnership between the Mirkopoulos Apprenticeship Program and the community-based program positively impacted Chicago. Through the partnership, the youths were trained to work with the Cinespace Chicago Production. Alex Pissios established the nonprofit film incubator program Stage 18 to take the film and media industry to a higher level. The community is given the resources required to give rise to the various supportive sector by the corporation.