Recent Events

Chicago: Wrigley Field Tour and Baseball Game on the Rooftops

SPIRE got to shout "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" from the Wrigely Rooftops premier rooftop destination of 3619 N Sheffield as the 2016 World Series Champions - the Chicago Cubs - took on the San Diego Padres for a 4-0 win on June 20. Chicago blessed members with perfect weather to go along with the rooftop that hosted luxury indoor seating, an up-close view of Wrigley Field and extra wide outdoor stadium seats.

New York: Theater Tours & Dinner with NYC Economic Development Corp CEO

On Monday, June 12, SPIRE took on the hub of the Broadway Theatre District for a night out in Times Square, alongside James Patchett (MBA '07), New York City Economic Development Corporation President and CEO. The evening started with a tour of the New Amsterdam Theatre where members saw the beautifully restored art and architecture of this landmark Broadway theatre built in 1903, once home to the legendary Ziegfeld Follies and now home to Disney.

Southern California: Tour of The Boardwalk with Matt Khourie (MBA ‘80)

On Thursday, June 15, SREC and SPIRE member, Matt Khourie (MBA '80), Chief Executive Officer of Trammell Crow Company and his team, hosted SPIRE on a hard-hat tour of The Boardwalk, a new office campus on Jamboree Road in the heart of the Irvine Business Complex.

Students: Conversation with Urban Studies Lecturer Mark Wolfe ('89)

On Wednesday, May 24, ASPIRE members engaged in a lunch talk with Mark Wolfe ('89), a land-use attorney and lecturer in Stanford's Urban Studies program, on the subject of bid-rent theory and urban land markets.  The topics discussed in this conversation are central to the understanding of issues such as gentrification, business location decisions, and adaptive reuse, so ASPIRE members are very fortunate to be able to learn about such an important topic.

Students: Tour of NVIDIA's New Santa Clara Campus

ASPIRE students had the opportunity to visit the construction site of the new NVIDIA Headquarters in Santa Clara, a tour generously hosted by Meris Ota (MS '04) and Jeff Birdwell ('82, MS '83) of Sares Regis, and John O'Brien of NVIDIA.  The project is in its finishing stages of development, so attendees witnessed some of the finishing touches to the project being executed, saw furniture being brought into the building, and heard from the developers about some of the challenges and triumphs of delivering such a large project.

Students: The Impact of Tech Innovation on the Built Environment

ASPIRE hosted real estate industry expert and SPIRE Board Member Stephen Roulac (PhD '78) for a dinner-time conversation on Thursday, May 4.  The topic of discussion was the means through which technological advancements are having an impact on property markets and business practices.

On Campus: SPIRE Mentors & Mentees Gather to Wrap Up the 2017 Mentorship Program

On Thursday, June 1, SPIRE hosted “Spring 2017 Mentorship Wrap Up Celebration", an event to conclude the 2017 session of the SPIRE mentor program. Nearly 20 Stanford students and alumni attended the event held outside at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, "GSB Bowl", for a casual outdoor picnic and conversation. This was a great showing considering it conflicted with timing on Game #1 of the NBA Finals! Graduating students shared their professional and personal post-graduation plans.

2017 Stanford Real Estate Council Wine Country Retreat

The Stanford Real Estate Council (SREC) enjoyed a weekend of beautiful weather in Healdsburg mixing real estate and fine wine. Over the weekend of April 28-30, SREC members had the opportunity to connect with one another over property tours, gourmet meals and wine tastings with multiple alumni vintners.

San Francisco: Tour of The Austin

A record size group of forty-five SPIRE members and guests geared up in PPE (personal protective equipment) on the evening of April 12th to join Hans Galland (MSM '13), Senior Vice President of Pacific Eagle Holdings Corporation and his team for a hard hat tour of the The Austin, a community which will house 100 residences, amenity retail on the ground floor and 2 levels of Underground Parking, located at the border of Nob Hill and Lower Pacific

Students: ASPIRE Housing Panel

On Thursday night, March 16, ASPIRE hosted a housing panel, co-sponsored with Stanford in Government (SIG), to discuss the housing challenges facing the Bay Area and other metropolitan regions around the world.