Mr. Hatch attended Yale law school where he fostered his passion for real estate. He began his career with Foley in 1974 as one of the first members of their newly formed real estate group and spent most of his early career traveling from one troubled real estate project to another in the midst of the then recession. Mick mused that he’s probably seen every way a real estate deal can go wrong.
In the 1980s, Mick worked on several deals with Trammell Crow Company and later developed working relationships with Barry Mandel and Jon Hammes who were both Trammel Crow employees. Throughout the conversation Mr. Hatch repeated two themes which he believes has led to a lot of his success. He stressed the importance of “treating people fairly and with respect” and to “put yourself in the way of opportunity”. In the modern world of email and smartphones he cautioned to not forget the importance of human interaction.
Mr. Hatch concluded our conversation by reflecting on one of his proudest accomplishments. Assisting with the formation of the Menomonee Valley Partners and helping with the redevelopment of the Menomonee Valley. He cited the joint-efforts of many individuals and the excitement those people brought to the area as key factors in its resurgence and recent success but noted that there’s still a lot of work to do. He encouraged everyone to take part in an upcoming river boat tour where attendees will see the valley from the water, a perspective many have never had the opportunity to enjoy.
~Mike Riopel, Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek