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Eric E. Reaves

Eric E. Reaves

Eric E. Reaves, a forty two year resident of Gary’s Miller Beach Neighborhood. Eric’s interest in business and entrepreneurship began early; at fourteen he asked for and received subscriptions to Fortune and Forbes magazines. An early desire to own his own business in Gary resulted in the first Jet Ski rental business on the southern shores of Lake Michigan, a four-star Mexican restaurant, and several other local partnerships and businesses. Not limiting himself to Gary he co-owned a Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Shop in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood.

Mr. Reaves has an extensive background in the retail and foodservice industries recently serving as Director of Operations/ Sales for Infinity Customer Solutions with Fortune 500 clients such as Pepsi, Barnes & Noble, Darden Restaurants, (Olive Garden, Red Lobster), YUM Brands (Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, KFC) Food Lion and McDonalds.

Currently Mr. Reaves is on the Marquette Park Lake Front East Project Advisory Board and Sub-Committee, Miller Business Association, Commissioner for the Gary Redevelopment Commission and Founder of the Miller Beach Arts and Creative District Initiative. Mr. Reaves is very seasoned in community based organizations; he presently serves as President of the Miller Citizens Corporation. He was past Deputy Director of The Gary Economic Development Corporation, Honorable Karen Freeman-Wilson Mayor before joining the SECC Team.

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