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Statewide Council will Advise New Jersey Leadership on Economic Issues Impacted by COVID-19

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J., May 15, 2020 – New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has appointed NAIOP New Jersey CEO Michael McGuinness to his administration’s newly created Restart and Recovery Advisory Council. The statewide council, which will work in conjunction with the Restart and Recovery Commission, brings together  leaders from various industry, community, and faith-based groups and institutions to advise New Jersey leadership on economic issues impacted by COVID-19.

McGuinness, who has been with the commercial real estate development association since 1997, frequently meets with and testifies before New Jersey legislative committees, the Governor’s office and regulatory agencies on matters of importance to the CRE industry.

He joins a number of active members of NAIOP NJ on the council, including co-chairs Tim Sullivan, CEO of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, and Jose Lozano, President and CEO of Choose NJ, as well as Joseph P. Baumann, McManimon, Scotland and Baumann LLC; William Colgan, CHA Partners: Mike DeMarco, Mack-Cali | Roseland Residential Trust; Jeremy Farrell, LeFrak; Steve Gardner, NJ LECET; Lori Grifa, Archer & Greiner, P.C.; Gregory Lalevee, Engineers Labor-Employer Cooperative; and Gilberto Medina, CBRE.

McGuinness is serving on the Facilities and Construction Subcommittee, which held its first virtual meeting on May 14. “As a service organization focused on advocating for and educating the commercial real estate development industry, I know that NAIOP NJ will be a valuable resource to the Governor in this new COVID-19 world,” he noted. “What we heard at our first meeting Thursday morning only affirmed what I’ve been hearing from the experts and our members: ensuring the safety of employees, tenants, customers, contractors and vendors, as well as mitigating the risks from contacting the virus at the workplace, are top priorities. Disruptions to the supply chain are also an ongoing concern.”

Several NAIOP NJ members also have also been named to Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin’s Economic Advisory Council, a private sector panel comprised of experts in the fields of government, health care, education, higher education, business, commerce, tourism, social services and more. Peter Visceglia with Federal Business Centers, Christopher Paladino with New Brunswick Development Corporation and Anthony R. Coscia with Windels Marx Lane & Mittendorf LLP are among those tapped to work with the Speaker and other Assembly members on efforts to ensure New Jersey can responsibly recover from the devastating impacts of the pandemic.

Founded in 1970, NAIOP NJ is a chapter of NAIOP, the nation’s leading trade association for developers, owners, investors, asset managers and other professionals in commercial real estate with 19,000 members in North America. NAIOP advances responsible commercial real estate development and advocates for effective public policy. The New Jersey Chapter is comprised of 850 members who benefit from a variety of business and networking opportunities, education and professional development programs, research on trends and innovations and strong legislative and public affairs representation. For more information, visit


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