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Steve Malter with Donna and Mort Fleischer at MorDo Ranch in Phoenix, AZ.

Steve Malter with Donna and Mort Fleischer at MorDo Ranch in Phoenix, AZ.

Steve Malter and I had the privilege of spending a day with an amazing Olin alumnus, Mort Fleischer, BSBA 1958, and his delightful wife Donna.  Mort is an inspiration to me and Olin is very fortunate to count him as one of our own!

An experienced financier, entrepreneur and real estate investor, Mort is a founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors of STORE Capital (NYSE: STOR), one of the largest, and fastest growing net-lease Real Estate Investment Trusts in the US. Over four decades, he has formed and managed more than 20 real estate companies, taking three of them public onto the New York Stock Exchange. His companies have successfully invested over $13 billion in single-tenant commercial real estate projects since 1981.

More importantly, Mort and Donna are using their means to make a difference in the lives of young people through their Fleischer Scholars Programs at Arizona State University and the University of Arkansas. These week-long summer programs for rising high school seniors are free to participants, and designed for economically disadvantaged high school students interested in pursuing business careers. Students selected for the program benefit from a multitude of resources as they learn the necessary skills for success in college and beyond.

In his forthcoming book, Building Your Mental Balance Sheet, Mort writes:

This saddle was commissioned by Mr. and Mrs. Mort Fleischer for their saddle collection - the largest private saddle collection in the world.

This saddle was commissioned by Mr. and Mrs. Mort Fleischer for their saddle collection – the largest private saddle collection in the world.

“The inspiration came to me while I was on the campus of Washington University (my alma mater) in St. Louis, Missouri. High up in one of the university’s buildings, as I looked out toward East St. Louis, Illinois, which is actually one of the most poverty stricken cities in the United States, I realized that there had to be a lot of smart and talented students out there, who “didn’t know what they didn’t know.” I believed that if they were provided the right opportunities—like a college education—they could become responsible, productive citizens and make major contributions to the world that would otherwise go unrealized. “We will never fully achieve the American dream unless our society creates ways to bring the socially and economically disadvantaged people of this nation into the mainstream. I’ve come to understand that this wasn’t going to just happen on its own, in a society as complex as ours, nor did I believe that it could be accomplished by the American government’s welfare system. So I set out on my own to assist in bringing the American Dream within the grasp of capable young people…

“In America, your future is not determined by your past or your present circumstances. Your future is determined by you, and it starts now.”

 Thanks, Mort and Donna, for inspiring Steve and me with your vision and your care for others, and for your desire to make a long-lasting impact upon American society.

Click to learn more about the Olin Fleischer Scholars Program. 

Wash U’s entrepreneurship programs are ranked among the best in the US in the annual ‘trep list published by The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine.  Our graduate entrepreneurship program ranked #15, and the undergrad program ranked #16.

Take the Princeton Review‘s ‘trep quiz here.

The Princeton Review surveyed undergraduate and graduate schools for this project from April through June 2014. The survey asked school administrators 60 questions covering: their schools’ levels of commitment to entrepreneurship inside and outside the classroom, the percentage of faculty, students, and alumni actively and successfully involved in entrepreneurial endeavors, and the number and reach of their mentorship programs. The company also asked schools about their scholarships and grants for entrepreneurial studies, and their support for school-sponsored business plan competitions.

Top 25 Undergraduate Programs Top 25 Graduate Programs
  1. Babson College
  2. University of Houston
  3. Baylor University
  4. Brigham Young University (UT)
  5. University of Oklahoma
  6. Syracuse University
  7. Northeastern University
  8. University of Southern California
  9. Baruch College, The City Univ. of New York
  10. Miami University
  11. Temple University
  12. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  13. University of Dayton
  14. Clarkson University
  15. DePaul University
  16. Washington University in St. Louis
  17. Lehigh University
  18. University of Michigan
  19. University of Washington
  20. Texas Christian University
  21. University of Maryland, College Park
  22. University of Arizona
  23. Saint Louis University
  24. Bradley University
  25. University of Missouri-Kansas City
  1. Harvard University
  2. Babson College
  3. University of Michigan
  4. Rice University
  5. Stanford University
  6. Northwestern University
  7. Brigham Young University (UT)
  8. The University of Texas at Austin
  9. University of Chicago
  10. University of Virginia
  11. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  12. University of Washington
  13. The University of South Florida
  14. Baruch College, The City Univ. of New York
  15. Washington University in St. Louis
  16. Temple University
  17. Syracuse University
  18. University of Oklahoma
  19. University of Arizona
  20. DePaul University
  21. University of Southern California
  22. University of Louisville
  23. The University of Utah
  24. University of Missouri-Kansas City
  25. Columbia University