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Board Member Profile - Eric Gastevich

ericgAnixter Center's newly elected Board Chair, Eric Gastevich, is the founder and principal of ATG Real Estate Development, a privately owned real estate development firm headquartered in northwest Indiana. Eric has three children, Eric II, who is an associate product manager at Cars.Com and is engaged to be married; Ben, who recently graduated from college; and Natalie, who recently graduated from high school. Eric's wife, Cathy Nardi, is an attorney who works with Eric on ATG matters and engages in a variety of volunteer boards and activities in Chicago.

Prior to taking the Chairmanship, Eric had served as both Chairman of Anixter Center's Building and Finance Committee and as Treasurer. Eric was especially well suited for these roles in light of his educational and professional background. He holds a B.S. in Building, Construction and Contracting from Purdue University and an M.B.A. in Finance and Real Estate from DePaul University.

He founded ATG in 1984 and has developed a rich variety of projects since that time, including residential subdivisions, office parks, medical imaging and surgical facilities, hotels, motels, apartment communities, office, warehouse and restaurant facilities. Current projects of note include the development of a Class A office building located on Interstate 80/94 in Hammond, Indiana (www.2929carlsondrive.com) and the development of Easton Park, a sprawling single family residential development in Chesterton, Indiana. Eric's experience with commercial real estate has enabled him to play a leadership role in developing Anixter's strategic plan for our holdings on Clybourn Avenue and elsewhere. His financial acumen has also been extremely helpful to Anixter Center as we plan for the future.

Like many board members, Eric has a personal story that led him to decide to devote considerable time and talent to Anixter Center. Eric's sister, Lisa, suffered a debilitating neurologic injury in 2007, just a few months shy of her 50th birthday. Lisa passed away in the late fall of 2015. From the time of her injury until her death, Lisa, who lived in Boston, used a wheelchair and suffered from severe tremors in her hands and throughout her body that left her dependent on others for her care. Fortunately, Lisa had tremendous caregivers and support from a variety of government and private service providers in Massachusetts, but even with all of those pieces of her care covered, she required a tremendous amount of financial and personal support from Eric, as well as his brother Vlad, who is also now deceased. Eric was grateful to be in a position to provide the extra resources, but he also realized that it really takes a village to support the physical and emotional needs of a person with disabilities.

When a business associate of Eric's, who was an Anixter Center board member at the time, suggested that Eric consider serving Anixter Center as a way to give back to the community of caregivers who care for folks like his sister Lisa, he didn't hesitate. He recognized Anixter Center as "a critical thread in our social fabric" and jumped in to help. Since 2009, Eric's devoted countless hours and donated considerable financial resources to improve Anixter Center and ensure that we are in the best possible position to serve our clients. Eric's goal has been to help Anixter Center reduce and improve its debt structure and work toward repurposing and recapitalizing its buildings and properties to better serve our clients. He will continue this work as he moves into the Chairmanship role.

In addition to Eric's involvement at Anixter Center and his work at ATG, Eric invests in a variety of other business ventures and devotes considerable time to the strategic side of those ventures. He and his family enjoy traveling together and getting out for long walks along Lake Michigan. Eric notes that the smallest pleasures in life are often just out of grasp of a person with disabilities and he is grateful for the opportunity to serve Anixter Center in its mission to put life's pleasures within everyone's grasp.

 

 

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