Andrew Farkas, renowned real estate investor and CEO of Island Capital Group, credits his alma mater Harvard with giving him the opportunity to discover his passions and to develop the skills needed to run his highly successful business. As a graduate of the Harvard University Class of 1982, Farkas has spent the years since his graduation remaining actively involved in the university as a donor and Chairman of The Hasty Pudding Club.
The Hasty Pudding Club is one of the oldest social clubs at Harvard University and boasts prominent alumni such as John Quincy Adams, John F. Kennedy, and Paris Barclay. During his time at Harvard, Andrew Farkas was an active member of the club and even served as the president for two years. Now, he is a member of the graduate board, a form of advisory board that also works as an alumni network for the Hasty Pudding Club.
Recently, Farkas donated a significant sum of money to help convert and restore the old Hasty Pudding Theatricals home into a state of the art theatre. Now, the building where the theatre is housed is known as Farkas Hall in honor of Farkas’ father, another Harvard alumnus.
Farkas is involved with his alma mater far beyond donations, however. In 2012 he helped to restructure the three distinct branches of Hasty Pudding (The Hasty Pudding Club, Hasty Pudding Theatricals, and the Krokodiloes) into one entity: The Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770. In merging these three branches, Farkas hoped to unite the clubs to give students more opportunities to meet new people that share the values of the core organization. Andrew Farkas has also served as the emcee and host of the Order of the Golden Sphinx Gala, the annual event hosted by the Hasty Pudding Club, for multiple years. The event is a fun time for current students and alumni to interact and honor a special guest each year.
Andrew Farkas embodies the ideals of continued service and involvement when it comes to his alma mater Harvard and his beloved Hasty Pudding Club.