District 1 Republican Candidate for DuPage County Board; Dino Gavanes
For area business leader and resident Dino Gavanes, serving on the DuPage County Board is personal: he’s spent much of his adult life and career championing the community that makes up District 1. He looks forward to stewarding the community’s wellbeing if elected to a full four-year term on the County Board in the General Election this coming November.
“District 1 has been my personal and professional home for years,” Dino says of his candidacy and the community. “I look forward to the opportunity to serve it by ensuring that the DuPage County Board continues to support the interests and wellbeing of our residents. The county has been run extremely well and I am eager to contribute to that continuity while advancing the county’s best interests.”
Raised in Chicago, Dino attended Lane Technical High School and went on to study engineering at UIC. After an early career stint in the steel mills, Dino entered the insurance business. He put down roots in Wood Dale in 1977, when he founded his own insurance agency. At the time he was also earning his MBA in finance from DePaul University. In 1986, he then founded Premier Risk Services, Inc.
“I loved studying finance,” Dino says. “It probably should have been my major during college. Studying both finance and engineering prepared me well for life, and for understanding the manufacturing and construction disciplines and their financial sides.” Eventually, Premier Risk Services grew to employ 20 people by 2010.
While growing his agency, Dino gained valuable experience in government relations with his professional association involvement. He has served as Illinois’ National Director with the Independent Insurance Agents of America, including service with its Finance and Government Relations committees; as Past Chairman of the Federal Government Affairs committee for the National Association of Professional Insurance Agents; as Past President and Chairman of the Independent Insurance Agents of Illinois; and as Chairman of the Board of Governors of the National Alliance for Insurance Education and Research. “Serving on these committees helped me develop a deep understanding of both the national and state political structure. I have even testified before Congress.”
That government relations experience informs the work Dino has undertaken on several county committees. Appointed by Chairman Dan Cronin to the District 1 seat vacated by the retirement of Paul Fichtner in May 2018, Dino serves on six committees: Economic Development, Environmental, Finance, Public Works, Stormwater, and Technology. “I see my purpose—both during my special appointment and as an elected board member—as providing a lifetime of business and community leadership and expertise to the work of these committees. I welcome the opportunity to do that,” says Dino.
Dino led the development of 127 N. Walnut in Itasca, a building that many residents of the community consider the cornerstone of the suburb’s downtown. That experience directly informs his perspective on county economic development and his work on the county committees. He also serves on the boards for the Itasca Chamber of Commerce, Addison Township, and the Itasca Police Pension Fund, with prior service on other area boards.
Dino won the March 2018 primary for the District 1 board seat, and he’s enjoyed serving and getting to know his fellow board members during his appointment. “This is a great group of leaders with the best interests of county residents foremost in their minds,” Dino emphasizes. “I welcome the opportunity to join them for the next four years.”
District 1 includes Addison, Bensenville, Bloomingdale, Elmhurst, Itasca, Medinah, Roselle and Wood Dale in addition to portions of Lombard, Villa Park, Elk Grove, and Glendale Heights. “I want District 1 voters to know I live and work here, and I understand the issues. In addition to stewarding the community’s best interests, I’ll focus on economic development opportunities, educational enrichment, safety and O’Hare noise. I ask for your vote on November 6 and look forward to serving you in the years to come.”
Local resident and experienced business leader Dino Gavanes is a Republican running for DuPage County Board to represent communities in District 1. To learn more about Dino and his campaign, and how you can become involved, visit his site at www.dinogavanes.com.