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Washington University in St Louis Olin Business School

Olin Business School
BUILDING OLIN: A Foundation of Excellence
The job of buildings is to improve human relations: architecture must ease them, not make them worse.
— Ralph Erskine, Architect, 1914–2005

About Robert and Barbara Frick

FrickssBob Frick, BS ’60, MBA ’62, earned his undergraduate degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree in business administration from Washington University. Since retiring from Bank of America as head of its World Banking Division, he has invested in numerous entrepreneurial startup ventures in the San Francisco Bay area and currently serves on the boards of six companies in the area. He is a member of the Washington University Board of Trustees and the National Council of Olin Business School, and he serves as cochair of the San Francisco Regional Campaign Committee.

Together Bob and Barbara Frick created K.E.S. Management Company to provide quality apartment communities for low- to moderate-income residents. Barbara, a former teacher at high school and college levels, was responsible for the rehabilitation and management of more than 1,000 rental units in ethnically diverse neighborhoods. In keeping with their motto, “You can do good and make money,” the Fricks provided extensive services for residents, including Head Start, tutoring, and job preparation programs.

Barbara has been widely recognized for her outstanding service to the community. Both she and Bob are active volunteers for Habitat for Humanity. Bob serves on the board and has twice ridden his bicycle more than 3,000 miles to raise awareness and money on behalf of the organization.