Senior Advisor - Infrastructure Group, Inc.
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Bob Geras is President of LaSalle Investments, Inc. and has been a leader in the venture capital community in Chicago for over 40 years. In addition to his role with La Salle Investments, Mr. Geras also serves as President and CEO of Arryx, Inc., a provider of microscopic and nanoscopic holographic laser steering technology to key markets dependent upon miniaturization. Prior to Arryx, Inc., in 1990 Mr. Gerasco-founded, and was the largest shareholder of, publicly traded Merge Healthcare (MRGE), the industry leader in eHealth connectivity products for medical imaging. In 1986 he purchased and directly managed MEDX, Inc. a troubled medical equipment company which, in 5 years, he completed a company turn around, selling the company for 26 times the purchase value. Early in his career Mr. Gerasco-founded budget motel chain Sixpence Inns in 1970 which was acquired by Motel 6 for over $200 million in 1989. Mr. Geras is currently a director of, and/or investor in VideoHomeTours, ShowingTime.com, NexVu, 20/20 Technologies, Advanced Diamond Technologies, Intellext, Bias Power, OrthoScan, andPowerQuest Corporation, a leading software developer and technology pioneer which was recently bought by Symantec for $140 million. A graduate of Northwestern University, Mr. Geras and his wife are the founders of the Save Abandoned Babies Foundation which initiated and passed the Illinois Baby Safe Haven Act in August 2001. Bob was a co-founder of the Illinois Venture Capital Association and is a nationally renowned philanthropist as well as a tireless advocate for entrepreneurs.