Babson’s Park Plaza

Dennis Hanno, Murata Dean of the graduate school, Michael Lorber ’01, and Len Schlesinger, president, at the ribbon cutting for Lorber Park

Overseer Michael Lorber ’01 has worked for Donald Trump, appeared as a star of Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing New York, and is a senior vice president at Douglas Elliman Real Estate in New York City. So it’s no surprise that his support has a real-estate bent.

Lorber started the Young Alumni Development Committee in 2007, which brought recent graduates together to raise money for Barefoot Park, a gathering place behind Reynolds Campus Center named for former President Brian Barefoot ’66, H’09, P’01.

“It was great to join forces with other young alums to dedicate this park. I’m always pushing my friends to give back to Babson in any way they can, and this was a great team effort,” he says.

Last year, in honor of his 10-year reunion, Lorber donated money to spruce up a parcel of land in upper campus near Putney, McCullough, and Pietz halls, his sophomore-, junior-, and senior-year dorms. The area, which has new plantings, BBQs, and Wi-Fi, is called Lorber Park.

For Lorber, these projects are about more than beautification. They're a way to recognize Babson for giving him business acumen and, most important, lifelong friends. He remains close to the guys he shared a suite with during his last two years on campus.

“You don’t always meet your close friends or future business partners in the classroom,” Lorber says. “I’m proud that I’ve helped create places on campus where students can come together to socialize, network, and just unwind.”