June 08, 2011
H. Michael Schwartzman, commercial real estate developer, VP Grubb & Ellis,
The PB Dye Golf Club is home to this year's tournament.
A number of years ago, I was
an architect who wanted to get into commercial development. The Edward St. John
Real Estate Program at Johns Hopkins’ Carey Business School changed my life.
I not only loved the program, but wanted to support it and help it grow. I
joined its Real Estate Advisory Board, became an adjunct professor, and got
involved in organizing events to connect students, faculty and alumni. One of
these events was an annual golf tournament, which while celebrating recent
graduates of the Carey program also benefited a good cause. This year it’s
My father once told me that
life if short and you have to do something to help others. He always gave a
little something to St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tn. But when it
was time to select a beneficiary for the 2011 tournament, I had learned of a
bigger player and one much closer to home: Hopkins Children’s. I had not known
that Johns Hopkins had its own research-based hospital for children. I live
just 30 minutes away in Bethesda, Md. If anything ever happened to one of
my children, I can’t imagine not being able to get them the right care, to
get them to Johns Hopkins. I knew we had to support this place.
So this year, 25 percent of
our entry fee goes to Hopkins Children’s. The tournament takes place at the PB Dye Golf Club in Ijamsville, Md., one of the top-rated public courses in the
region, on Friday, July 29, and includes a box lunch and “Bar-B-Q”
dinner. There will be a lot of real-estate industry people there, so you
could consider it a “golf mixer,” but plenty of “friends of friends” play, too.
I hope you will join us and
play a round. How to register.
Mr. Schwartzman is a 1998 graduate of the Edward St. John Real Estate Program at Johns Hopkins Carey Business School