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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 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’ 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.