President of Community Development
As a principal and member of the executive team, Antonin Robert leads GBX Group’s advocacy, government and community relations. Focusing on federal, state and local programs that are indispensable to the company’s real estate investments, Antonin works with the preservation community, development partners and other stakeholders to ensure continued support for the preservation and rehabilitation space. Antonin developed and led GBX’s real estate data and analysis team, which focuses on capturing industry financials and economic trends to support the company’s investments. Demonstrating the economic impact of GBX’s projects has proven critical to the company’s advocacy initiatives. Building on the community support around the country helps the company identify investments and growth opportunities.
Antonin has over 25 years of experience in executive, finance, operations and marketing management. His fluency in five languages has helped his career in a number of international positions which include executive positions with Citibank in Germany, Spain, Mexico and the United States. He has successfully developed and grown professional services businesses in the area of electronic commerce and digital media including executive positions with USWeb/CKS, a Silicon Valley based firm. His experience includes time in the manufacturing industry where he was involved in transitioning operations to China in order to meet pricing and operational demands in the automotive industry.
A frequent speaker at industry events on topics related to historic preservation and its impact on economic development, Antonin serves on various boards related to community development, business improvement districts, and historic preservation. He works closely with numerous historic preservation advocacy groups around the country.
Antonin received his Bachelor of Science in International Business and Marketing from the American University. He completed his post graduate studies at the Thunderbird School of Global Management, where he earned his Master in International Management with a concentration in international finance.