Stanley Frankel heads Frankel Associates, a privately held
commercial real estate development and management company founded
by his father.
Frankel prefers to describe himself as being in the “people
business” because, he says, all facets of Frankel Associates
are fundamentally about people. In the early 1990s, Frankel
and his wife, Judy, made a gift to the University of Michigan
Business School to further the understanding of entrepreneurship,
particularly international entrepreneurship, among business
students. They requested the gift create hands-on learning opportunities,
with benefits similar to those garnered by law school students
during moot court.
By 1996, MBA students were on-the-ground providing business
consulting to Israeli-based technology start-ups through the
IMAP (International Multidisciplinary Action Projects) and the
Global Projects elective. The initial gift grew to become a
ten-year grant that to date has supported 543 students involved
in 120 international projects ranging from business or strategic
planning to U.S. market entry or market expansion projects.
In 2000, Stanley Frankel was awarded the University of Michigan
Business School’s Distinguished Alumni Award for his exemplary
business practices and longstanding community service as well
as his support of IMAP and Global Project courses.
Mr. Frankel received an A.B. in economics from the University
of Michigan in 1963 and an MBA from its business school in 1964.
He has served on the Business School’s Development Advisory
Board and its National Campaign Committee and currently is a
member of its Visiting Committee.