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* Specializing in Mixed-Use Urban Redevelopment, Infrastructure Investments and Public/Private
* Providing Leadership Experience and Resources to deliver Strategic Solutions to complex real
* Expertise and Reputation to create optimal value by providing comprehensive financial solutions
In February 2000, Gary A. Beller formed ECI Investment Advisors, Inc. (ECI) as a privately held commercial real estate company providing municipalities, financial institutions, Real Estate Investment Trusts, and private investors with a wide array of investment, development and advisory services.
Beller was a senior executive of one of the largest publicly traded Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITS) in the U.S. headed by its Chairman billionaire investor, Sam Zell. Additionally, Beller was involved with Mr. Zell for over ten years in numerous companies, ventures and large real estate transactions. Prior to joining the Zell organization in 1989, Beller was the Managing General Partner of a private equity firm investing and offering financial services to a diverse base of commercial businesses in retail, food services, technology as well as construction and real estate related entities.
Upon the formation of ECI, Beller enlisted two of his most trusted colleagues from the Zell organization to join ECI. Mike Mattenson and Keith Bawolek. In addition to their institutional clients, the ECI team continued to provide advisory services to Zell related entities until 2008.
ECI’s broad financial and real estate expertise extends to all property types and allows ECI to act as an investor, developer and advisor.
ECI also has extensive experience in urban redevelopment including structuring public/private partnerships with municipalities, airports, sports arenas and conventions centers.
Historic Miller & Rhodes Mixed Use Redevelopment Richmond, Virgina
In 2003 ECI formed ECI Development Services, LLC, (EDS) and recruited two senior executives from Chicago based REIT, Urban Shopping Centers, Inc. (NYSE:URB) and JMB Reality to lead the company. Headquarters were established in Richmond, VA. EDS is responsible for design and implementation of urban redevelopment master plans. EDS also provides third party real estate development, management and ownership representation services.
ECI has been providing parking operations asset management and consulting services since it’s formation. ECI’s unique parking expertise has been utilized by some of the largest institutions in the country, including airports, municipalities, REITS, and private equity firms to maximize their profits from parking operations.
In 2013 ECI established GABE Advisors, LLC (GABE) to provide financial resources as investments in the development of literary projects. GABE offers business strategies and collaboration towards the production of novels, films and television projects. GABE participated with G. Anton Publishing/Chicago in the release of its first novel in November 2015. Additionally, GABE is establishing a creative writing grant program to encourage aspiring authors.
To date, ECI has invested in airports parking companies, including ownership and operations of the parking facilities at T.F. Green Airport in Providence Rhode Island. ECI sold its T.F.Green ownership interest in 2004.
In 2003 ECI master planned and provided financial and development services to the City of Richmond, Virginia. The City of Richmond project initially included The Broad Street Community Development Authority (CDA), which was the largest urban CDA of its time in the country. The initial master plan provided ECI with a challenging mixed-use national historic renovation project. In 2007, ECI converted the former Miller & Rhoads Department Store building into a mixed-use project; anchored by a new Hilton branded hotel with a residential and retail component. The entire mixed-use project was approximately one half a million square feet. This project won praise for its uniqueness and also won a number of industry-recognized awards.
Beginning in 2006 ECI master planned and provided development services for Mutual of Omaha’s one million square foot mixed use Midtown Crossing. ECI integrated seven newly designed and constructed buildings into the Mutual of Omaha headquarters campus. Midtown Crossing included a new Westin Element Hotel, over 230,000 square feet of retail, (Dine-in movie theater, full-service grocery, full-service health club, many fine dining and casual restaurants and complimentary retail services) 600 residential units and over 3,000 spaces of parking. The new construction surrounded a newly designed multi-use Turner Park offering high profile outdoor events. The new Turner Park became home to many of Omaha’s established venues as well as being the new home to Omaha’s Jazz on the Green Series. The Midtown Crossing development has been acclaimed with dozens of awards, national and international.
In total ECI has participated in excess of a billion dollars of financial and real estate projects.
GABE Advisors, LLC was established in 2013 to provide financial resources as investments in the development of original literary projects. GABE offers business strategies and collaboration towards the production of novels, movies and television projects.
ECI Development Services
Headquartered in Richmond, VA., ECI Development Services (EDS) is the development arm of ECI and is primarily responsible for the successful design and implementation of urban redevelopment master plans. EDS also provides third-party development, management and ownership representation services.
ECI Capital Partners
ECI Capital Partners (ECP) is based in Chicago and acts as the investment and advisory affiliate of ECI, primarily focused on identifying investment opportunities and providing specialized advisory services.
ECI Investment Advisors, Inc. GABE Advisors, LLC ECI Capital Partners, LLC
1630 Old Deerfield Road, Suite 207 Highland Park, IL 60035
ECI Development Services
117 South 14th Street , Suite 303 Richmond, VA 23219