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Feature Story: Sanders and Starr were a winning combination

HREI’s 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award co-winners built The Sanders Trust into one of the HRE’s sector longstanding, respected firms

By John B. Mugford

Rance Sanders (left) and Bart Starr circa 2014. (Photo courtesy of The Sanders Trust)

Early in his career in commercial real estate, Rance Sanders came up with what seemed to be a great idea for a new business.

At least he thought so.

“I told my mother what I planned to do, and while she was always very encouraging, she said, ‘I don’t think he’s going to do that,’” recalls Mr. Sanders.

The “he” Mrs. Sanders was referring to was Bart Starr, the legendary quarterback of both the University of Alabama football team and, more famously, the Green Bay Packers. And what the young Mr. Sanders planned to do was to pitch Mr. Starr on his idea.

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