The LOA! Way was created by two generations of entrepreneur.

Co-authors Nick and Bob Slater come together with wit, wisdom, and most importantly, the guidance you need to thrive in your work and achieve your career goals.

Bob Slater


Bob Slater is the voice of experience, here to help you bridge the gap between a formal education and a practical one. Bob helped build two national real estate companies and teaches undergraduate and MBA students at the University of North Carolina and Duke University.

Bob is a former trial lawyer with 25 years of executive management in real estate development, management, and investment. He helped build AvalonBay Communities (NYSE symbol AVB), a real estate investment trust now among the S&P 500, and Bell Partners, one of the nation’s largest privately-owned apartment companies. Bob has also taught undergraduate and MBA students for more than ten years at the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler School of Business and, recently, MBA students at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. He serves on the Board of Directors of Draper and Kramer, Inc. in Chicago.

Bob is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and the University of Virginia School of Law. He is the father of three sons, including co-author Nick. He lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with his wife Jane and bulldog Winnie.

Nick Slater


Nick Slater is a young professional, here to see that Look Out Above! speaks to you. Nick earned a law degree and is now an entrepreneur seeking to make it in the business world.

Nick is a borderline Millennial – young enough to be on Instagram but old enough to have suffered the indignity of attending high school without a cell phone. An attorney/entrepreneur/writer, Nick was inspired to participate in this book project after witnessing many of his talented, success-driven friends struggle to find their “professional place” following a devastating recession. As a young professional, Nick is well positioned to speak to the many challenges faced by the target audience of Look Out Above! After all, he’s experienced those challenges first-hand.

Nick is a graduate of the University of Georgia and holds a law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is an avid tennis player and outdoorsman, currently lives in London, England.

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