Igor obtained his first degree from a top ranked grammar school in the capital off Croatia, Zagreb. After moving to United States, he then earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Rockford University in Illinois with a major in Business Management and Philosophy. In 2005, Igor completed a Master of Business Administration Degree in Finance and International Business from Loyola University in Chicago. Post-graduation, he started his career with successful tenures at LaSalle Bank and Morgan Stanley as a relationship banker and wealth manager respectively. Igor co-founded the American Southeast Europe Chamber of Commerce, a not for profit organization focusing on business and cultural exchange between countries of Southeast Europe and the United States. In 2002 he co-founded Arete Renovators with his brother, Davor, to give his father Jovo an outlet to market his skills as a master carpenter. Igor soon left the financial industry to run Arete Renovators full time as the President. With 18 years of experience in the real estate and construction industries, he leads a team of highly qualified individuals responsible for the daily management of the Arete group of companies - Arete Renovators (design build firm), Arete The Art of Design (design showroom), Arete Realty (in-house property management of investment properties), and Arete Investment Fund (real estate investment fund). Igor also leads the Board of Directors at Council Oak Montessori School in Blue Island, a non-profit private school established in 1990, as the President.
Aret’© Renovators is a family owned design build firm specializing in interior residential remodeling. Aret’© means quality in Ancient Greek and we hold ourselves to the highest standards of quality, communication, and trust. Every client that works with us becomes a part of our family. We have worked in 60% of Chicago's downtown high-rises and throughout the Chicagoland area completing projects ranging from hardwood refinishing to new construction. Since 2001 we have successfully remodeled over one thousand residential and commercial projects, and we have purchased and managed over thirty properties through our sister company. This extensive experience along with the trust of our clients has led us to be recognized by Qualified Remodeler's Top 500 List for two years in a row. We have strong ties with many subcontractors and product suppliers, creating strong networks throughout the Chicagoland community. By developing real estate projects throughout Chicagoland, we provide better living conditions within diverse communities. Our showroom, Aret’© The Art of Design, seeks to inform clients about the design process with the help of our in-house designers. With this approach we strive to guide clients through the design process while assisting with the installation and renovation process, bringing their entire experience full circle straight from our showroom.
3821 W Montrose Ave