BDC to Honor Eddie Garcia with 33rd Annual Charles E. Piper Award

Piper Award Highlights Individuals Contributing to Economic Vitality in Berwyn

The Berwyn Development Corporation (BDC) will honor Eddie Garcia with the 33rd Annual Charles E. Piper Award at a cocktail party on Saturday, March 24, 2018. The event will celebrate the recipients of both the Piper Award and the 8th Annual George W. Ashby Award and will feature small bites and drinks. The event will begin at 6:00 p.m. at Paisans Pizzeria & Bar located at 6226 W. Ogden Ave in Berwyn, IL.

The BDC is proud to present Eddie Garcia with this respected community award to honor his achievements and contributions towards the growth and development of Berwyn’s business community. Each year, the BDC membership selects an individual who best exemplifies the spirit of one of Berwyn’s original developers, Charles E. Piper.

Eduardo “Eddie” Garcia was born in Pachuca, Hidalgo and is a graduate of St. Joseph High School. He is a first generation Mexican-American born to proud immigrant parents, Florencia Rosas and Aristeo E. Garcia. The Garcia family migrated from Mexico City to the United States in 1989 when Garcia was only 5 years old.

A strong work ethic was instilled in Garcia by his parents at an early age, beginning with his first job at the age of nine. At 21, he attained his Real Estate License, sold his first property six months later and fell in love with the real estate business. In 2012, Garcia founded Realty of Chicago, signing his first agent without an office and from his truck at a time when the market was deteriorating.

In 2017, Realty of Chicago closed $126 million in sales and has grown to over 80 agents with three offices located throughout the Chicagoland area. Garcia’s core beliefs all share the idea of community as a focal point. He believes that “building a successful company is great, but building a successful company that can give back is even greater.”

Each year, Garcia and Realty of Chicago give back to the communities of Berwyn and Cicero, providing thousands of children with backpacks and school supplies, feeding over 15,000 people on Thanksgiving Day and providing scholarships to high school graduates. Garcia is proud to announce that in 2018, Realty of Chicago will be expanding their community programs to all of their offices throughout the Chicagoland area.

BDC Board President Andy Sotiropoulos stated, “Eddie’s work and community service in the Berwyn community is truly exemplary. It is our honor to celebrate Eddie’s accomplishments with the Charles E. Piper Award. Congratulations!”

To purchase tickets or obtain additional information on the event on March 24, 2018, contact the Berwyn Development Corporation at (708) 788-8100 or visit

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