Bert L. Wolstein, master entrepreneur and benefactor
Posted 3.24.05Some experts believe entrepreneurs are born; others argue that entrepreneurship can be taught. Bert L. Wolstein doesn’t really fit either of these molds. He became an entrepreneur by necessity, deciding to take control of his own future rather than letting it be dictated by others.
Bert and his wife Iris sponsored a chaired professorship and dedicated Wolstein Hall as a facility to house the Weatherhead School’s Undergraduate programs. His recent book, Crossing The Road To Entrepreneurship, provides insight into his career and the contributions of an outstanding Cleveland etnrepreneurial family.
In Crossing The Road To Entrepreneurship, Bert L. Wolstein, master entrepreneur, draws from decades of experience in the commercial real estate development industry to offer readers valuable lessons on how to start, grow, and maintain successful businesses. He shows how the combination of business sense and common sense helped him cross over to the proverbial ‘right side of the tracks’ via a host of different business ventures spanning 50 years.
In this intimate look at his life, Bart Wolstein shares how he reacted to pivotal moments in his life, giving readers valuable insights into handling their own entrepreneurial ventures. He shows how his roll-up-your-sleeve work ethic allowed him to succeed even when others didn’t see his vision, and worse yet, expected him to fail. Would-be entrepreneurs and managers alike will examine a host of experiences and lessons that transcend the college classroom and provide real world tactics for solving many dilemmas entrepreneurs may face, including:
- How to get funding for a new business venture
- How to get an inside track into making an important sale
- How to recover if a business partnership ends
- How to get the most out of your employees
- How to balance work and family
But successful business owners will tell you that succeeding as an entrepreneur involves more than knowing how to run a business. That’s why Bart Wolstein explores the personal side of entrepreneurship from the responsibility of giving back to the community to applying an entrepreneurial approach to managing personal relationships and one’s own healthcare.
About the Author
Mr. Bert L. Wolstein spent over fifty years in the commercial real estate development arena, becoming a recognized leader in his industry nationwide and in his community. Bert L. Wolstein was Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Developers Diversified Realty Corporation, and Founder and Chairman of Heritage Development Company. He was the developer of Barrington Golf Club, Glenmoor Country Club, The Bertram Hotel and ConferenceCenter, The Renaissance Office Building in downtown Cleveland, and many other spectacular real estate projects, in addition to being the Owner and President of The Cleveland Force MISL soccer team. Iris Wolstein, wife and partner of Bert Wolstein, has been intimately involved in many of aforementioned projects, while raising the couple’s family in Cleveland, Ohio. She and Bert have been lead contributors to numerous charitable organizations, lending their name to buildings and programs for United Cerebral Palsy, CaseWestern ReserveUniversity, The Ohio State University, and UniversityHospitals.
Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University cultivates creativity, innovation, and purpose-driven leadership to design a better world.