President of Community Development
As a principal and member of the executive team, Antonin Robert leads GBX Group's real estate data and analysis group, which focuses on capturing industry financials and economic trends to support the firm’s investments. With over 25 years of experience in financial management, operations and marketing, Antonin works closely with architectural firms, development and advocacy groups, as well as state and federal government organizations to foster and protect programs that support historic preservation. Through these roles, he also helps in identifying investment and growth opportunities for the firm.
Antonin’s career includes executive positions with Citibank in Germany, Spain, Mexico and the United States managing businesses as diverse as insurance products, credit card operations, and online banking and electronic commerce. He has successfully developed and grown professional services businesses in the area of electronic commerce including executive positions with USWeb/CKS, a Silicon Valley based firm.
Prior to joining GBX Group, Antonin spent three years with the Tingstol Company, a manufacturer of automotive electronic components, in Chicago. Through a combination of implementing operational efficiencies, partnering with manufacturers in China, tightening financial control, and increasing sales, Antonin restructured the company culminating in its sale to a venture capital group in 2007.
A frequent speaker at industry events on topics related to historic preservation, Antonin is Vice Chairman of the Downtown Cleveland Improvement Corporation and Chairman of its nominating committee. He serves on the board of Campus District, Inc. in Cleveland, is a member of The Historic Tax Credit Coalition, and serves as an advisory board member for Heritage Ohio and Chicago Title Insurance in Cleveland. He speaks five languages.
Antonin received his Bachelor of Science in business administration degree in international business and marketing from American University. He completed his post graduate studies at the Thunderbird School of Global Management where he earned his Master of Business Administration degree in international management with a concentration in international finance.