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Robert Klein Honored at Five Star Conference

The Five Star Conference’s annual Keys for Life reception on Monday saw Five Star’s Lifetime Achievement award bestowed upon two recipients: the late Robert Klein of Safeguard Properties who was posthumously recognized for his contributions to the industry and Caliber Home Loans’ Marion McDougall. In this video spotlight, see what impact Klein had on the housing industry.

Robert Klein (1953-2018), founded Safeguard Properties in 1990 and built it into the largest national mortgage field services company in the U.S. After stepping down as CEO in 2010, Klein's ingenuity continued with the creation of Community Blight Solutions, a company focused on eliminating urban blight. Klein was also Founder and Chairman of SecureView and RIK Enterprises.

Receiving the award on behalf of Klein’s family and Safeguard Properties, Alan Jaffa, CEO Safeguard Properties and Klein’s son-in-law said that Klein was an integral part of making the industry what it is today. “Robert was always the first to step in and tackle the issues head-on. He brought the industry together to open up the dialogue, which often led to significant change. He pushed the industry to be different and better every day,” Jaffa said. “Along the way, Robert wasn’t worried about the financial impact of these changes. He would take the loss because he was more concerned about doing what was right–for the property and the community.”

About Author: Seth Welborn

Seth Welborn is a contributing writer for DS News. He is a Harding University graduate with a degree in English and a minor in writing, and has studied abroad in Athens, Greece. An East Texas native, he also works part-time as a photographer.
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