Following in his father’s footsteps, and with the help of Dan’s expertise, Gerry continued to expand the company’s portfolio, which included expanding into land acquisition. The company purchased 16 new land sites, over 1,000 acres, and purchased or totally remodeled 42 existing properties. With the sales of some of the acquired land parcels, Gerry was able to assist in the development of such local treasures as the Geneva Commons shopping center, Meijer and Lowes in St. Charles, as well as the residential developments of Bricher Commons in Geneva, and Redgate, and Thornley on the Fox in St. Charles.
In 2007, Batavia Enterprises expanded to include a 3rd generation with the addition of Austin Dempsey. After successfully managing 4.5 million square feet of real estate interests as an asset manager for The Centro Properties Group (formerly known as Heritage Property Investment Trust), Austin was asked to join the family business as Vice President while Gerry transitioned to the Chairman/CEO position.
Instead of purchasing more properties like his dad and grandfather, Austin took on the task of putting more efficient systems in place. His first priority was making property management and leasing two separately focused positions as well as spearheading the concept of the “BEI Family.” While Batavia Enterprises, Inc. is a family run business, the family atmosphere within the office and the relationship with our customers is what truly creates the BEI Family. We are lucky to have several employees and customers who have been with us over 15 years.
Our staff takes great pride in their jobs. The care shown to each other and our customers is easily noticeable through the conversations, appearances, and volunteer efforts by each member of the team.