If I Knew Then Advice on careers, finance, and life from Harvard Business School's Class of 1963


This website — and the companion hardcover book — were underwritten by Arthur W. Buerk, the lifetime class secretary of the Harvard Business School Class of 1963. After 50 years of assembling class notes from his fellow alumni, he believes that their advice and wisdom deserve a larger audience.

It’s Artie’s opinion that life is the greatest teacher. And so he asked his classmates to share what they’ve learned about finding the right career, how to be a great leader, the role of faith and charity, the importance of finding the spouse of a lifetime, and other challenges of their lives after Harvard.

It turns out there are things they don’t teach you at Harvard Business School, and it is his earnest hope that If I Knew Then will fill those gaps.

About Arthur W. Buerk

Artie Buerk

Arthur W. Buerk is the lifetime class secretary of the Harvard Business School Class of 1963. After earning his MBA, he went on to have a successful career in education and business.

He served as director of development at the University of Washington, increasing annual giving by more than 3,000 percent during his tenure.

He then was president for Shurgard Storage Centers, a small, regional self-storage developer that grew to more than 500 locations in the United States and Europe.

After leaving Shurgard, Artie was a founding partner and managing director for the Seattle-based private equity firm, Buerk Dale Victor.

A member of several corporate boards, he is also an avid supporter of civic and educational non-profits, including the Alliance for Education, Seattle Public School Foundation Fund for Excellence, University of Washington Alumni Association, and Partners of  ’63.

He also recently underwrote the creation and operation of the Arthur W. Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business.

Website and Book Credits

Copyright © 2013 by Arthur W. Buerk. All Rights Reserved.

Underwritten By: Arthur W. Buerk
Written By: Larry Asher
Edited By: Patricia Parrish
Book Designed By: Angela Turk
Book Produced By: Diana Fewing
Website Designed By: Matt Stein
Copy Edited By: Jim Moore

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