This morning’s United Way Real Estate and Building Industry Breakfast was particularly poignant for those of us at Jones Lang LaSalle. Our former colleagues the late Hank Spaulding, and Polly Bryson were honored with the 2012 Norman B. Leventhal/Edwin N. Sidman Real Estate and Building Industry Leadership Award. The late George Slye was also recognized in a very special tribute.
Together Hank and George co-founded Spaulding & Slye. From the humble beginnings of a single office that George described as “a wastebasket and no capital,” their strong and distinct personalities instantly gelled. With their collective vision they grew the business from a local real estate development firm into a respected national model.
Their philanthropic and educational endeavors set the tone for an employee-focused work culture that is an example for generations. In 1983 Hank established the MIT Center for Real Estate. Guest speaker Larry Bacow, President Emeritus of Tufts, said of Hank : “He understood the importance of investing in intellectual capital to grow our industry.”
In his remarks to the audience of over 1,000 real estate professionals, United Way President and CEO Michael Durkn aptly described Polly as someone who “finds the good in everyone. In that spirit the United Way finds a way to make good things better.”
Jones Lang LaSalle proudly served as the annual breakfast’s premier sponsor. The United Way has always been an essential part of our culture. This year’s event was an emotional reminder of the importance of those that lead the way in the support of life changing work.
Deshia Saucer of the Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership with Polly Bryson