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Stanley Frankel
Frankel Associates

Stanley Frankel heads Frankel Associates, a privately held commercial real estate development and management company founded by his father. They are the owners of the Somerset Collection in Troy, Michigan, as well as office buildings, apartments, hotels, townhouse complexes and retail establishments.

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 mid 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 anonymous gift grew to become a twenty-year grant that to date has supported over 1250 students involved in over 220 international projects with Israeli organizations ranging from business planning, strategic planning to U.S. market assessment, entry, or market expansion projects in five Ross School courses: MAP, Global Projects Course, Executive MBA MAP, Weekend MBA MAP, and Evening MBA MAP.

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, a 1963 graduate of the University of Michigan, earned his MBA degree from the Business School in 1964. He current serves on the Business School's Visiting Committee, and on the University's President's Advisory Committee.

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