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In the 1960s, an industrious Sicilian named George Gullo made the decision to leave the farm that he had worked so hard to build and join the millions of immigrants hoping to achieve their piece of the American dream. He settled in Elk Grove Village, Illinois.

Gullo continued to fine-tune his masonry craft and eventually saw opportunity to purchase land in the quickly developing area surrounding O'Hare. Over the years, he thrived in business and continued to help build the Village until his passing in 2001. Sandra Colamonico has worked with the Gullo Family for more than a quarter century. She remembers, "George was a very hard working, good hearted man. Everyone in Elk Grove knew that." Colamonico affirms that she still enjoys working for the entire family. "They are a very close family that truly cares and has strong family morals," she says.

Their business, George Gullo Development Corporation, was built on the shoulders of a strong family. Gullo and his wife, Sarah, had three children, including two daughters and a son: Anna Marie, Jolene, and Mario. Each of them is involved with the company making it truly a family business. Mario currently takes the role of President.

It is no surprise that construction is part of Mario's DNA. Some Elk Grove neighbors fondly remember a middle school aged Gullo operating heavy equipment on Lively Boulevard. Gullo reminisces with a smile, "Back then times were different. By 19, I was running my own crew, which gave me invaluable experience at a young age." This on-the-job training was combined with traditional construction and architecture courses, which rounded out Gullo's credentials. Not surprisingly, Mario is involved with the construction of the buildings that they own and lease today.

Of course, leading a firm as successful as George Gullo Development Corporation takes more than the ability to operate a Caterpillar Track Loader. It takes business acumen and foresight. Colamonico comments, "I've never seen a better businessman than Mario. He is fair and conservative." Both traits have helped the business survive through an otherwise rocky road for some competitors. "We didn't expose ourselves to excessive debt. We are conservative. It has to do with relationships and properly servicing existing tenants," says Gullo.

The company focuses on developing industrial and retail space throughout the O'Hare region. But Gullo is quick to point out that they offer much more. "We complete new construction, but we also acquire existing buildings and modify or modernize them to fit the needs of our clients," he says. "This might include things like better loading capabilities or even office renovations to serve a new generation."

"We are involved in real estate management as well," Gullo reminds. "We can accomplish that for our customers." And who better to fulfill your needs than a family that has been in Elk Grove for decades? "I know this Village like the back of my hand. We don't just work here. We live here," he says.

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