This year SPIRE inducted Bob Burke ('64, JD '67) and Sam Freshman ('54, JD '56). The Induction Banquet was held on Wednesday, October 19th at the California Club in Los Angeles. The Honors Banquet was held on Friday, November 4th at Stanford University's Arrillaga Alumni Center.
Members of the Stanford Real Estate Hall of Fame include: Fred Allen, Peter Bedford, Bob Lowe, Tad Taube, Bowen "Buzz" McCoy, William Tooley, Henry Segerstrom, Malin Burnham, Donald Koll, and William Wilson III.
The names of our 2017 honorees and banquet dates will be announced in early 2017.
Bob Burke is a co-founder of AMB Property Corporation (predecessor to Prologis), IHP Capital Partners, and Metropolitan Real Estate Equity Management. Prior to co-founding AMB, he was a senior real estate partner with the law firm of Morrison & Foerster and, for two years, served as that firm’s Managing Partner of Operations.
At Stanford, Bob has served on the Board of Trustees the Board of Overseers of the Law School, the Board of the Stanford Management Company, and the Board of Governors of the Stanford Associates, the Chair of the Advisory Council to the Bing Overseas Studies Program, and the Chair of the Advisory Council to the K-12 Education Initiative. In 2012, Stanford presented him with the Gold Spike Award for exceptional volunteer leadership.
At UCSF Medical School, Bob was the lead negotiator for the acquisition of the Mission Bay campus, and has served on the Boards of the UCSF Foundation and the UCSF Foundation Real Estate Investment Company. He is also the co-chair of the Leadership Council for Global Health Sciences. In 2003, UCSF awarded him the UCSF medal, the highest honor UCSF bestows. Bob has also served on the Board of the Fine Arts Museums where he was on the Building Committee for the new De Young Museum, the Presidio Trust Board, and the Building Committee for the new Exploratorium. He has served on the Investment Committees of the Hewlett Foundation and the U.N. Foundation.
Bob is the former Chairman of the Board of the Pension Real Estate Association and a former member of the Board of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts. He received his B.A. from Stanford University and his J.D. from StanfordLaw School. Bob and his wife, Kathy, live in San Francisco and have three sons.
Sam Freshman is the founder of the real estate investment and management firm Standard Management Company. Standard has acquired, managed, and financed over a billion dollars of real estate. Sam is an expert in real estate syndication and a general partner in over 100 real estate projects. He has secured, negotiated, and documented more than $500 million dollars of real estate loans as a lender, borrower, attorney, banker, and property manager.
Sam is a member of the American College of Forensic Examiners and has qualified as an expert witness in real estate matters in both state and federal courts. He has appeared in more than 90 cases related to legal and real estate malpractice, custom and practice, fiduciary duties of attorneys and brokers.
Sam graduated from Stanford University in 1954 and Stanford Law School in 1956. He has been the Chairman of SPIRE since its founding and is retiring at the end of 2016. He has presented lectures to state and community colleges, the Graduate Realtor Institute of California Association of Realtors, real estate boards, C.P.A. societies, appraisal societies, Rotary Clubs, and numerous other service organizations. He has been adjunct professor of real estate law at the Graduate School of Business of the University of Southern California (1977-1979 and has also lectured on real estate finance, law, and syndication at Pepperdine University, Stanford University, Loyola Marymount, and University of California at Los Angeles Law School.