A chance meeting in between breaks at a real estate conference landed Tadd Schwartz his first break after launching his own firm. Little did he know that his journey was going to start with a referral from a past client — commercial real estate titan Hank Klein.
Hank introduced Tadd to a close friend in need of public relations help and the rest, as they say, is PR history. As Schwartz Media Strategies’ client roster grew over the years, Hank was always ready and willing to offer advice.
Everything changed in 2012 when Hank suffered a massive stroke, rendering him unable to communicate verbally or in writing — and temporarily halting his real estate career.
One day, Hank snapped a photo with his iPhone. In that moment, his love for photography was rekindled and he began photographing “everything.”
Hank’s love of photography began in the 1960s when he worked at the Miami News. His assignments as a photographer included documenting The Beatles’ visit to Miami, President Truman’s stays in Key West, and Muhammad Ali’s training sessions in Miami Beach. This love for photography took a back seat to business, however, when Hank entered real estate.
Four years of snapping photos around his hometown of Miami resulted in a hefty archive of digital images and Hank was quick to begin editing the pictures through the use of dozens of apps. When Hank’s good friend (and Books & Books owner) Mitchell Kaplan caught wind of the project, he took the concept to Schiffer Publishing. That intro led to Miami, Real and Imagined, Hank’s debut photography book.
Today, Hank is back to nearly 100 percent, and he credits his return to photography with fast-tracking his recovery.