About us

OUR VISION + MISSION

We  envision  a  world  where  sustainability,  resilience, and  equity  is  business  as  usual.  Our  mission  is  to  help  our  clients  thrive  by  designing  more resilient  and  equitable  projects,  policies,  and  programs.

Collaboration

Trust,  authentic  partnerships,  and  effective  collaboration  is  key  to  the  success  of  any  project. We  facilitate  meaningful  ways  for  stakeholders  to  engage  in  planning  and  implementation processes.

Innovation + Pragmatism

The  challenges  organizations  and  communities  face  today  are  highly  complex.  We  leverage  a diversity  of  innovative  tools  as  well  as  time-tested,  cost-effective,  and  common  sense  solutions.

Responsiveness

In  our  fast-moving  society,  it’s  critical  to  have  the  right  information  at  the  right  time,  and  delivered  in the  right way.  We  respond  to  client  requests  quickly  and  anticipate  issues  before  they  arise.

Leadership

The Antero Group works with a multi-talented staff of experts trained in engineering, planning, and economic development. Our team understands how to offer creative solutions to help meet the diverse needs of our clients

Eric Neagu, P.E., LEED AP, AICP

Principal and CEO

Eric Neagu has 20 years of consulting experience on civil engineering, urban planning, rural development, and renewable energy projects. He has worked on a wide variety of project types, from trail design to complex industrial sites, always with an eye on efficient strategies to meet budgets and schedules. Eric focuses his efforts on the intersection of project needs and public demands, understanding that the environment impacts behaviors and behaviors impact the environment. He has facilitated complex projects across the country. Eric has degrees from Purdue University and The University of Chicago, as well as certifications from Hamburg University and Universita Bocconi. In his spare time, he fly-fishes, skis, runs, plays tennis, and writes fiction.

Jeffrey Ekegren, CFM

COO

Jeffrey Ekegren directs our daily operations. As a co-founder and lead engineer of the firm, he focuses our staff to remain on schedule and under budget. Jeff has years of engineering, planning, and redevelopment experience. He was the lead engineer on North America’s only Vertiport, as well as other innovative projects across the country. Jeff is an expert on complex land development and redevelopment projects, having worked on sites like landfill to park conversions, as well as more traditional infrastructure projects. Jeff holds a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago and is an avid volleyball player.

Curtis Witek

Senior Planner

Curtis’ mission is to equip communities with the tools they need to plan, design, and build more resilient and vibrant places. Curtis brings eight years of experience including positions with the National Park Service, the City of Chicago Mayor’s Office, and the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT). His work has been awarded several accolades including a Chicago River Blue Award, 1st Place in the USEPA’s Campus RainWorks Challenge, and 1st Place in the CNT Sustainability Apps Competition. Curtis earned a Masters of Urban Planning and Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago, a BS from Wheaton College, and a certificate in Land Resource Analysis from the Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies. Curtis enjoys bike riding, snowboarding, reading, and exploring new cities and neighborhoods.