Gus Athas joined us in 2000 after serving for 15 years in various executive
positions in both publicly held and private entities within the Sam Zell
Organization. He had previously served as Executive Vice-President-Administration,
General Counsel and Secretary of Falcon Building Products, Inc. Prior
to that he held senior executive positions with Great American Management
and Investment, Inc. and Eagle Industries, Inc. While with the Zell Organization,
Mr. Athas specialized in corporate acquisitions, divestitures and financing
of manufacturing companies as well as other investments. Additionally,
he had responsibility for overseeing legal matters for the various entities.
Prior to joining the Zell Organization, Mr. Athas served as Group General
Counsel of ITT Corporation with legal responsibility for a portfolio of
U.S. and off-shore based subsidiaries.
Mr. Athas began his legal career with Isham, Lincoln & Beale. He
has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Illinois. He received
his Juris Doctor with honors from Loyola University, where he was a member
of the Loyola Law Review with published articles in the Illinois Bar Journal.