Born to Build: The Story of the Gene B. Glick Company

Born to Build: The Story of the Gene B. Glick Company

by Gene Glick



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Born to Build: The Story of the Gene B. Glick Company by Gene Glick

In 1945 a soldier recently returned from World War II service in France and Germany married "the most beautiful and wonderful girl in the world" and together the two of them set up a company which would build good, livable homes for families to enjoy. Pooling their modest cash resources and "moonlighting" days and nights at the construction sites of those first little homes, Eugene and Marilyn Glick initiated a tradition of excellence that grew until it became a standard for the entire housing industry.

The Gene B. Glick Company is today one of the largest privately owned builders and managers of low- and moderate-income housing in the nation, and now manages twenty thousand apartments in twelve states. Mr. Glick has won almost every award his industry offers, including the Lifetime Achievement Award and election to the National Housing Hall of Fame of the National Association of Home Builders and many awards for entrepreneurship outside the industry. This is his story -- the story of the company which became the realization of the dream begun over fifty years ago.

Who is Gene Glick? Why is he writing a book about his own company? Firstly -- because absolutely no one else can tell this story but Gene Glick himself.

Then -- because he is a living encyclopedia of information of the history of the housing industry in America and can share it with the reader -- from the boom after World War II through the phenomenon of National Homes to government subsidized housing on a massive scale.

And -- because anyone who reads these firsthand accounts of entrepreneurship in action will go forth a more effective business person and human being because Glick has shared his experiences in a way we can't forget.

Finally -- because he's one of the most interesting raconteurs since the speakers circuit was invented. This tale of his life and business is replete with sage advice, famous sayings which can spur us all to intelligent action and anecdotes about the personal experiences which have peppered his exceptional career. It's wry, honest, and sometimes very funny.

This is the story of a man who defines the term "original."

It is the philosophy of excellence and putting the Golden Rule into action in business and in life, traced in this book, which has marked the Gene B. Glick Company as unique. The Glick Foundation serves many community needs. Foremost is education: the PRO-100 and Next Step programs involving disadvantaged youth in summer training and work and life experiences are considered to be the best summer youth program in the nation.

The exceptional glass collection of Marilyn Glick will be honored with a special exhibition at the Indianapolis Museum of Art in the Fall of 1997, marking the fiftieth anniversary of both the company and the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Glick. One of the most memorable pieces in the collection is "Masada II" by glass sculptor Jon Kuhn.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781578600052
Publisher: Clerisy Press
Publication date: 07/15/1997
Pages: 261
Product dimensions: 6.34(w) x 9.24(h) x 1.02(d)

Table of Contents

2Shortridge and Indiana University25
3The War Comes38
4Civilian Life64
5Starting the Company80
6Building National Homes103
7Into Multifamily Housing124
8Housing for the People--With Government Help145
9From Building to Managing Apartments171
10Giving Back to the Community201
11Reflections and Looking Forward228
Favorite Quotations247
Family Memories256

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Born to Build: The Story of the Gene B. Glick Company 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As an employee of Glick I found this book to show the pure success of the man of real estate himself, Gene B Glick, The book is informative and knowledgeable, will leave wanting more of the making of an apartment giant, knowing the mans business success.