Jim Haertel, a modest multi-family investor from Milwaukee, couldn’t forget the beautiful Pabst headquarters he’d seen in his 30’s. Hear the story of Jim’s $50,000 down payment and his obsession with saving a couple structures in the gigantic Pabst Brewery 30-building assemblage. His effort was the genesis of the repositioning of an entire submarket of Milwaukee into a booming engine of economic growth.
If you attended concerts by the Cleveland Orchestra in the early 1950’s, or concerts by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra from the mid-1950’s to the early 2000’s, you undoubtedly were listening to Harry Taub playing in the violin section. In Buffalo, you would have frequently heard him playing the violin solos from the concertmaster’s chair, since he served as the Associate Concertmaster for five decades. It’s a long and distinguished career, certainly, but there is so much more to the story, and to the man. Listen to his life story, as told by his wife of 50 years, Suzanne, and two of his children, Samuel and Sharon.
Two men in their early twenties, Jay Michael and Alex Samoylovich, grade school friends and first generation Americans, pooled their resources, moxie, and families to shape the most radical micro-living concepts. Their Chicago company has innovated wholesale changes in how mixed use development, retail, and apartment living fit together. Listen to Alex tell the story of their beginnings, and his homage to the late Jay Michael.
For the last episode of season 1 of Stages to Success, I respond to questions posed by a faithful listener since episode 1, Joe from the Carolinas. Joe wants to go deeper into the mind and motivations of the performer, on the concert stage and in the commercial real estate sales office. Drawing on some of the interview material from season 1, as well as some off air discussions, I reflect on Joe’s questions. Join us for Season 2 of the podcast, scheduled for October.
Today’s guest, Chicago real estate attorney Jim Hochman, began his legal career in the Navy, working his way into the J.A.G. Hear how Jim began his legal career before he even attended law school, rose to prominence as an in-house counsel at CBRE, and was pivotal in creating the statutes that protect collection of commission for brokers in 34 states in the U.S.
Know a little about baseball, and want to learn about Mozart, or vice versa? Jump into the parallel universes of Jim Moffitt, 36-year clarinetist of the Hawaii Symphony and for even longer, a walking encyclopedia of baseball. Join John and Jim as they flit back and forth from two of Jim’s passionate provinces, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the St. Louis Cardinals.
Ray Volk, of Jenkins and Huntington in Chicago, has one of the most important jobs for high rise commercial buildings, but on a transactional level, you’ll probably never meet him. Just what is it that he does that’s so behind-the-scenes? Listen to Ray talk about his career and projects, and meet yet another kid from off the farm who makes it big in the big cities.
Violinist Frank Almond’s career began in one of the first U.S. Suzuki studios, in San Diego California. From quitting the violin in his teens, to acceptance into the Juilliard School in only a few short years, his career took him to Moscow, a violin competition memorialized in an ’80’s documentary, to concertmaster positions in New York City Ballet, Texas, London, Holland, and Milwaukee-where his career took maybe the strangest turn of all, all due to an email from out of the blue. Listen to this 4th of July episode that will tie together the worlds of America, Soviet Moscow, and the Italian Baroque.
As told by Julien’s first business partner, Mike Solomon, hear how young Julien and his family escape the Nazi blitzkrieg across Europe, and make their way to New York. Hear how this enterprising teenager, without a formal high school education, builds a career and company from a walk up small apartment into the Studley juggernaut that, after his retirement, sold to a publicly traded company for a quarter billion dollars. Replete with fascinating details along the way, enjoy the story of a titan of commercial real estate, Julien J. Studley.
Episode 6 of “Stages to Success” is an interview with Susan Slaughter, retired principal trumpet of the St. Louis Symphony and Gail Williams, retired Associate Principal Horn of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Through the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s, Gail and Susan reigned imperiously in the brass sections of their respective orchestras. Susan recorded extensively as principal trumpet in St. Louis, and Gail’s Chicago Symphony brass section was generally regarded as the finest in the world. Gail and Susan are pioneers among women in brass sections, and title chairs. Listen to their tales of skyrocketing to the pinnacle of their careers, which each started in rural America.