Sustainable real estate entrepreneur Martin Melaver will talk about his newly released book Aug. 8 in Savannah.
Martin Melaver, CEO of Melaver, Inc., will discuss "Living Above the Store: Building a Business That Creates Value, Inspires Change, and Restores Land and Community" Aug. 8 at Barnes & Noble in Oglethorpe Mall at 2 p.m.
The book has been called "visionary" and "truly superb work." Paul Hawken, the author of "The Ecology of Commerce," says Melaver "breaks the mold on business writing." Ray Anderson of Interface wrote the foreword.
"’Living Above the Store’ is the right book for these difficult times, when business needs to regain trust," writes Marc Gunther, contributing editor of Fortune. "Melaver starts with specific stories of running a family business, sharing successes and failures, frustrations and joys, and then broadens out to illuminate general principles for running a sustainable business. These stories still stick in my mind, long after I have put the book away."
The economic crash of late 2008 is just the latest evidence of the truth that many have known for so long: that too much of our modern economy is based on a house of cards. We need businesses that not only factor their impact on people and places into their equations for success but also strive to restore the communities and environments in which they operate. How can this be done?
In "Living Above the Store," Martin Melaver provides a roadmap for creating such a business. It’s not only a "how to" but a "why to" that challenges business as usual to change.
"Living Above the Store" brings us into the story of Savannah-based Melaver, Inc., a third-generation, 70-year-old family real estate business, as it evolves toward becoming a thought and product leader in sustainable business practices. It is part business management theory and part case study, where sustainable principles meet sustainable practices, always grounded in day-to-day practice.
Melaver’s grandmother started a corner grocery store in Savannah that became a regional grocery chain, M&M Supermarkets. When the grocery business was sold in 1985, the newly formed Melaver, Inc. turned its attention to real estate holdings. Martin Melaver took over in 1992. The company has a national reputation as a leader in sustainable development, having developed the first all-retail LEED shopping center in the country, Abercorn Common, including the first LEED McDonald’s worldwide. It also developed one of the first LEED certified buildings in the U.S. which is also on the National Register of Historic Places.
"Living Above the Store" demonstrates how to:
· Adopt a business model that provides for economic success while contributing to society and the environment
· Shape a business culture that is restorative to a workforce by helping employees realize their highest potential
· Leverage an ethos within a business that "ripples outward" to foster restoration of both land and community
· Embrace a notion of limits to growth
· Reframe ideas about competition, proprietary knowledge, and business success
"Living Above the Store" is for readers who care about issues of community and sustainability as well as for those who want to learn more about how a socially responsible business can first redefine, and then find, success.
Martin Melaver grew up in Savannah, Georgia and currently serves as the Board Chair of the Georgia Conservancy, Board member of The Ossabaw Island Foundation, Savannah Country Day School, Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, and the Coalition of Environmental Jewish Leadership (COEJL). For reviews of the book, visit www.LivingAboveTheStore.com
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Melaver, Inc. is a third-generation, family-owned business based in Savannah, Georgia. The sustainable real estate developer currently has nine LEED certified projects in their portfolio and developed one of the first LEED certified buildings in the U.S. which is also on the National Register of Historic Places. Melaver Inc. also developed the first all-retail LEED shopping center in the country, Abercorn Common, including the first LEED McDonald’s worldwide. Melaver, Inc. also has LEED consulting and construction divisions.
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