Two Generations of Entrepreneurs, One Badass Team

Bob Slater

Business Leader | Speaker | Author

Bob Slater is a former trial lawyer with 25 years of experience in commercial real estate development, management, and investment. He helped build two national real estate companies—AvalonBay Communities (NYSE symbol AVB), a real estate investment trust now among the S&P 500; and Bell Partners, one of the nation’s largest privately-owned apartment companies. Bob has also taught undergraduate and MBA students for more than ten years at the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler School of Business and, recently, MBA students at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. He serves on the Board of Directors of Draper and Kramer, Inc. in Chicago.

Bob is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and the University of Virginia School of Law. He is the father of three sons, including co-author Nick. He lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with his wife Jane and bulldog Winnie.

Nick Slater

Young Professional | Speaker | Author

Nick Slater is a borderline Millennial—young enough to be on Instagram but old enough to have suffered the indignity of attending high school without a cell phone. An attorney/entrepreneur/writer, Nick was inspired to participate in this book project after witnessing many of his talented, success-driven friends struggle to find their “professional place” following a devastating recession. As a young professional, Nick is well-positioned to speak to the many challenges faced by the target audience of Look Out Above! After all, he’s experienced those challenges first-hand.

Nick is a graduate of the University of Georgia and holds a law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is an avid tennis player and outdoorsman, and currently lives in London, England, with his bulldog Frank.

“The Slaters provide a terrific multigenerational perspective on how young professionals can prepare for success. The soft skills emphasized in Look Out Above! are the exact ones that employers most value but struggle to find and develop in their talent pools.”

Russ Morgan
Sr. Associate Dean, Duke University Fuqua School of Business


Are you prepared to make a meaningful impact at your company? Bob and Nick’s assessment will help you determine if you have the critical soft skills for career success – and, if not, what to do about it!

Take the LOA! Assessment