Robert Fernandez becomes chairman of the DGEDC board of directors

Robert Fernandez

The Downers Grove Economic Development Corporation (DGEDC) announced that Robert Fernandez, partner, Latham & Watkins LLP, has become chairman of the DGEDC board of directors. He succeeds John Luka, managing director at Regions Bank, who served as chairman for the past four years. Fernandez had been serving as vice chairman.

“I am excited to help further the great work of the DGEDC. Downers Grove is a fantastic place to live, work and play, and the DGEDC plays an important role in promoting, attracting and retaining businesses that add to the vibrancy and continued success of the Village,” said Fernandez.

At Latham & Watkins, Fernandez advises clients on corporate and real estate transactions, with a particular focus on real estate acquisitions and dispositions, joint ventures, finance, commercial leasing and real estate development. His transactions involve real estate assets of all types throughout the U.S., including office buildings, industrial facilities, hotels and resorts, multifamily developments, student housing, senior housing, and retail properties.

Fernandez received his BA from DePaul University, and his JD from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law. He resides in Downers Grove with his wife and four daughters.

“We are fortunate to have Bob Fernandez as our new chairman. He is recognized as one of the leading commercial real estate attorneys in the Chicago area” said Michael Cassa, president and CEO of the DGEDC. “He now leads a distinguished group of business executives and civic leaders, including Mayor Robert Barnett, who serve on the DGEDC board of directors.”