The Gatto Agency
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Sam Yanofsky (http://sammyleighphotos.com/)

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Richard W. Gatto

Richard W. Gatto

Rich is a second generation co-owner of the Gatto Agency, together with his wife Claudia. He is a licensed Real Estate Broker and Insurance Broker with close to thirty years of experience in both fields. His work has helped maintain the agency as a service oriented small business that has a more personsal approach than larger franchised shops.

Rich is a Needham native and graduate of Needham High (1969) and Harvard College (1973/76.) He has been extremely active in Needham town affairs as a former Town Meeting member, Commissioner of Needham Housing Authority, Executive Director of Needham Opportunities, Inc. and coach in the Needham youth sports leagues for many years. His interest in promoting affordable housing opportunities has led him to work closely with Habitat for Humanity, as the former Executive Director of South Shore HFH in Braintree and as an active volunteer currently with Needham Interfaith HFH.
rich@gattoagency.com


Christopher E. Gatto

Christopher E. Gatto

Chris is a member of the third generation working at the Gatto Agency. He is a licensed Real Estate agent and a member of the Greater Boston Real Estate Board and Multiple Listing Service. His responsibilities include representing sellers and buyers, creating comparative market analysis reports, researching current market trends and assisting in the management of rental properties. He also assists in the insurance side of the business as an outstanding customer service representative working with auto, homeowners and personal umbrella policies.

Chris holds a B.A. from the College of Charleston focusing on Corporate Communications. He has been with the Gatto agency for four years and prior to that worked in real estate rehab and development in Charleston, S.C. Chris rounds out his experience with a background in property management, landscaping and garden design in Nantucket, MA.
chris@gattoagency.com



Patrick A. Gatto

Patrick A. Gatto

Patrick is a member of the third generation working at family owned and operated Gatto Agency. Patrick holds a BA in Political Science/International Relations from UMass and a MSc in International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution from Creighton University.

Patrick's experience at the Gatto Agency started when he was just a boy, as fun snow days with his dad and brothers shoveling and maintaining properties. He first worked at the Gatto Agency when he was in middle school by helping during busy times, answering the phone and filing. During high school and college when not studying he worked in the office assisting in all three phases of the business: real estate, insurance, and property management. Patrick's exposure from a young age provided him with a firm grasp on every aspect of the business — an expertise that our customers have come to expect and trust.

Patrick received his Massachusetts Real Estate Course Certification from the Lee Institute in 2004. He has also worked as a carpenter and enjoys being able to do projects with his family where quality is the utmost objective. Patrick has experience organizing and participating in volunteer service trips to underserved communities in Haiti, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, and the United States including post-Katrina Mississippi. Patrick takes pleasure in using his skills to contribute to the family business and continuing the Gatto tradition of treating customers with specialized attention and fairness.
patrickgatto@gattoagency.com



Victor E. Gatto, Sr.

Victor E. Gatto, Sr. (founder)

Victor Sr. founded the agency back in 1948, after completing his active military service in the Air Force and settling in Needham with his wife, Needham native Muriel Adams Gatto. Victor was raised in East Cambridge, MA and was a graduate of the Cambridge Latin School and Harvard College (1940). Returning from WWII he attended Harvard Business School and took his first job in real estate with the Boston based R.M. Bradlee Company. The original name of his real estate office, Cantabridgia Homes, reflected his Cambridge roots.

Victor gave back much energy to the Needham community, serving in Town government and actively supporting church and youth activities for many years. He was proud to be a founding organizer of Needham Pop Warner Football and Cheerleading, along with his friends Phil Claxton, Burt McMullin and Ted Etchings. He was also active in the Air Force Reserve at Hanscomb Field for many years, retiring at the rank of Colonel in 1985. Victor remained active in managing the agency until his death in 1988.