Antonin Robert

Antonin Robert


As a principal and member of the executive team, Antonin Robert leads GBX Group’s advocacy, government and community relations. Focusing on federal, state and local programs that are indispensable to the company’s real estate investments, Antonin works with the preservation community, development partners and other stakeholders to ensure continued support for the preservation and rehabilitation space.

Antonin has over 25 years of experience in executive, finance, operations and marketing management. His fluency in five languages has helped his career in a number of international positions which include executive positions with Citibank in Germany, Spain, Mexico and the United States.

A frequent speaker at industry events on topics related to historic preservation and its impact on economic development, Antonin serves on various boards related to community development, business improvement districts, and historic preservation. He works closely with numerous historic preservation advocacy groups around the country.

Antonin received his Bachelor of Science in International Business and Marketing from the American University. He completed his post graduate studies at the Thunderbird School of Global Management, where he earned his Master in International Management with a concentration in international finance.

9:45 am - 10:45 am
Lewis Room - 1st Floor

The Ins and Outs of Conservation Easement Programs

Frank Quinn of Heritage Ohio will provide an overview of historic preservation easements: what they are, how they protect a historic building, and what to expect as an owner of a building under the protection of an easement. Antonin Robert of GBX Group will discuss the latest updates in federal legislation surrounding the tax treatment of easements and will introduce attendees to the financial benefit of treating an easement donation as a charitable contribution. Approved for 1.00 AIA LU.

2:45 pm - 3:45 pm

Commercial to Residential Conversions, Historic Buildings, and Government Incentives

In the wake of the pandemic, conversions of vacant or underutilized office and commercial spaces to meet housing demand has been among the hottest topics in the real estate industry. The adaptive reuse of historic buildings for residential use is top of mind in this conversation, particularly as the need for workforce housing in urban and employment centers across Ohio grows. This panel will include a presentation and discussion of real-world project examples from: national experts from the GBX Group who specialize in leveraging government incentive programs to achieve preservation goals; real estate developers from Beacon Communities with experience converting historic buildings into housing; and, policymakers who are actively working to fine-tune federal/state/local programs to encourage positive outcomes for the preservation community