"He's very instrumental not only to the success of the business community, but to the community as a whole.
As one of the largest landowners in the business park, he's a visionary and thinks outside the box, which brings great diversity to the park.
Gullo next tried his hand as an auto mechanic, fast cars were his specialty, but after meeting and marrying his wife Maria during a visit back to Italy when he was 21, he decided to trade in working with machinery and quickly set his sights on the building and construction industry.
I had a great relationship with them, especially Alan Hamilton.
He saw the potential in me and gave me opportunities to work and grow my company.
When Giovanni Gullo first started buying and developing land for commercial and industrial clients in Elk Grove Village in 1968, he was pursuing a family ambition.
The story of how Gullo transformed himself from an 18-year old Sicilian-born immigrant to one of the largest industrial and commercial landlords and developers in the Greater O'Hare region has its origins in an inspirational saying passed along from past generations.
I worked hard and saved money so I could start to invest on my own." Within a year, in addition to his painting business, Gullo formed J.
Gullo Builders (the "J" was for John, the Americanized version of his first name).
Using the inspiration of his family back home and following Trammel Crow's successful business model to build and hold, Gullo continued buying and developing farm land in Elk Grove Village and soon became one of the pioneers and prominent developers of the Centex Industrial Park, which is now one of the largest industrial parks in the nation.
Since 1974, Giovanni Gullo is President and CEO of Gullo International Development Corporation, a thriving real estate development, construction and management firm that specializes in commercial and industrial properties concentrated in the O'Hare market.
In the 1980s and 1990s his free standing brick buildings, lining the streets of Elk Grove's Industrial Park, introduced curtain glass walls, abundant skylights and windows for natural lighting along with colorful landscaping for curb appeal.
In 2000, Gullo seized the opportunities for redevelopment and gravitated towards precast buildings to meet client and industry demands. They are renowned for their unique modern architectural designs in prime locations.
His main pride and joy are his 4 beautiful grandchildren.