Scott Wolff- Transforming & enjoying the lay of the land
Meet Scott Wolff, esteemed Board Member on the San Antonio River Foundation’s (SARF) Board of Directors. With extensive experience in commercial real estate and development coupled with strong childhood memories of playing outdoors in his native Leon Springs, the idea of community and home is important to Scott. He is active in donating his time and service to local causes as well as recreating in the splendid hill country and lively downtown. Both his ideals and activities make Scott a dedicated supporter of the Foundation’s mission of “Beautification. Education. Preservation.” The following interview was done when he was selected as the Featured Board Member for July 2016.
Q: How long have you been with the Foundation?
A: I’ve happily served the Board of Directors for the Foundation for about one year.
Q: If any, what position do you currently hold?
A: I currently do not hold a position; however, I am heavily involved with the Capital Campaign Committee.
Q: Have you had roles in other non-profit organizations?
A: I’ve worked with the Boys and Girls Club of San Antonio as a mentor helping teenagers prepare for the workforce via resume building workshops and mock interviews. I’ve assisted the San Antonio Food Bank on several occasions, co-led a “Shoes for Orphans Souls” holiday shoe drive campaign and was the Sponsorship chair for the American Marketing Association’s San Antonio Chapter.
Q: What is your educational and professional background?
A: I achieved a Bachelor of Arts in Management with a minor in Economics from the University of Texas at San Antonio and have actively held a real estate license for 10 years. I began my career in new home construction as a sales associate which enabled me to develop a strong background in residential development and construction. Since then, I’ve parlayed this experience into the commercial real estate services industry and have worked for a company called Transwestern for the past seven years primarily helping tenants navigate leasehold and acquisition transactions.
Q: What do you believe is SARF’s greatest accomplishment?
A: While there are several great accomplishments, one that stands out to me is how the Foundation meaningfully blends some of our community’s culture with the San Antonio River’s environment. This greatness is only enhanced by the educational elements, economic impact and homage to our history.
Q: What are some of your hobbies and/or how do you spend your free time?
A: I primarily spend my free time with my fiancé, family and friends doing various activities such as visiting our area lakes and rivers, camping, hiking, attending music shows and festivals, traveling or simply hanging out in the backyard grilling while having a few cold ones with some good music. I love to read books and articles of interest, playing city/civilization simulation games, doing home improvement projects and engaging in any competition that challenges the mind or makes me laugh.
Q: Where are you from? What are some of your favorite things about SA? Or the River?
A: I am originally from San Antonio and spent the first several years living in Leon Springs, so being outdoors playing in the hills and the springs was a big part of my early childhood. One of my favorite things about the San Antonio region is its geography and lay of the land. I can enjoy the comfort of the hill country swimming in one of the area watering holes then have a night out downtown all in the same day. Our diversified culture and the San Antonio Spurs are two more favorites of mine.
Q: Why are you passionate about the SARF mission/What drew you to SARF?
A: I find passion in giving back to the community and SARF allows for just that. I am a believer in our mission and I am enthusiastic to see it through because of how we connect our community through art and education via the San Antonio River environs. Our work allows for folks to learn, relax, exercise and appreciate one of San Antonio’s most precious jewels. This mission and the Foundation’s work prior to my involvement had a lot to do with my decision to join SARF.
Q: What do you hope to see in the future of SARF and/or San Antonio?
A: My hope is for the Foundation to eventually work on projects in the counties outside of Bexar that also enjoy the San Antonio River.
Q: Do you have any stories about yourself you’d like to share?
A: I placed third in a mile swim competing against about 150 kids when I was 10.