He learned the value of work from his father, who worked night shifts in a factory and kept multiple jobs to support their family of 8. Gary started working when he was about 10 years old. A paper boy, who also mowed lawns and dumpster dove for recycled cans and refundable pop bottles. Through high school, Gary worked with his dad in residential services and also worked for a small paving company.
Right out of high school, Gary began in the paving business and soon partnered with his dad. Starting in the northwest part of Illinois, it grew steadily, paving driveways and parking lots throughout Illinois. By 2005, the Rabine Group began paving parking lots and serving national customers in all 50 states.
Gary’s entrepreneurial passion has inspired the creation of over 30 small businesses right here in Illinois. Each business strives to be world class leaders in their industry. Rabine Group businesses serve customers in every Illinois county and in every state. Gary knows the importance of keeping jobs here at home, and he’s proud that almost all of his businesses have been started and grown in our state.
Gary’s businesses lead in environmental innovation and green initiatives. The Rabine Group headquarters houses Rabine University where the Rabine team educates customers, the industry and teammates on innovative solutions. The Rabine Group headquarters recently won an award for most environmentally friendly building.
Gary’s vision for Illinois is to be the best entrepreneurial environment of any state in the middle of the greatest country in the world.