SPIRE Hosts 2014 Stanford Real Estate Hall of Fame Honors Banquet

On Friday, November 14th at The 2014 Stanford Real Estate Hall of Fame Honors Banquet, SPIRE honored Bob Lowe (MBA ’64) and Tad Taube (BS ’53, MS ’57) for their contributions to the real estate industry and Stanford. Over 230 family members, friends, alumni and students celebrated these two outstanding men and the three pillars of SPIRE – alumni networking, student outreach and educational program development.

The evening began under festival lights in the courtyard adjacent to Paul Brest Hall, as guests were welcomed with violin music performed by Kai Kight (’14), composer of SPIRE’s theme music.  After the reception, guests enjoyed dinner and a full program that celebrated our honorees, faculty and students.

SPIRE President Chad Hagle welcomed the guests and also inducted Bob and Tad into the Stanford Real Estate Hall of Fame. Both inductions were preceded by tribute videos capturing the personal and professional lives of the honorees. 

Bob Lowe, Founder, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Lowe Enterprises, a privately owned diversified national real estate company was honored for his professional and philanthropic success.  Joining him for the evening were his wife, Beth, their two sons, Rob and Mike, and other family members.  Bob shared his appreciation for Stanford and the many personal and professional partners that have helped him achieve such a high level of success. 

Tad Taube, the Founder and Chairman of Woodmont Companies, a diversified real estate investment and management organization, was also celebrated for his business success and dedication to giving back to his community., Tad’s wife, Dianne, sons Mark and Sean, family and friends were also in attendance for the evening.  Tad shared his unique story of immigrating to the United States as a child and building his real estate business and dedication to philanthropy. 

Andy Walburger, SPIRE Executive Director, recognized the current achievements of individuals at Stanford and began by introducing the faculty in attendance and students that had been invited to attend sponsored by SPIRE member companies. 

In addition to celebrating our honorees, SPIRE also recognized Buzz Thompson, Professor of Natural Resource Law and Director of the Woods Institute for the Environment, for his work on a variety of environmental challenges. Buzz spoke to the attendees about the current drought in the western portion of the United States and the opportunities and challenges that this has on the real estate industry. 

Students Alissa Cooperman and Derek Ouyang received $2,000 grants on behalf of SPIRE and Tad Taube to continue their work and research.  Derek is currently working on a Global Urban Development Program, which allows for project-based learning in global, interdisciplinary teams.  He is addressing real-world urban challenges and is looking to make long-term impact.  He is currently working on the revitalization of District 6 in Stockton, CA and beginning in February 2015 will focus on the revitalization of Juarez, Mexico.   Alissa Cooperman’s grant will be used to study energy efficiency through case studies and analysis of the associated data.

This evening was the second of two banquets held to honor Bob and Tad.  The Stanford Real Estate Hall of Fame Induction Banquet was held on October 29th in Los Angeles.  We thank everyone for their involvement in making these events great and look forward to many more! 

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Bob Lowe

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Tad Taube