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More Than 200 Industry Leaders Reconnect During First Post-Pandemic Event at Bell Works in Holmdel
HOLMDEL, N.J., June 30, 2021 – More than 200 industry leaders joined NAIOP New Jersey in honoring some of commercial real estate’s most venerable companies and organizations as the chapter hosted its 2021 President’s Awards Reception. This special edition of the commercial real estate development association’s annual recognition event, which was held at Bell Works in Holmdel, was its first in-person gathering since the COVID-19 pandemic forced the switch to virtual programming.
“We all learned many important lessons during the pandemic, including the knowledge that success, resilience and endurance require us to be disciplined, focused, flexible, creative, adaptable, tenacious and hopeful,” said the association’s president, Gus Milano of Hartz Mountain Industries. “As our NAIOP NJ family comes back together for the first time in many months, it is the perfect time to honor eight venerable companies and organizations that exemplify those traits – and to thank them for their leadership and service to the association, our industry and the State of New Jersey.”
The 2021 honorees were Alfred Sanzari Enterprises, CBRE, Elberon Development Group, Kushner Real Estate Group, Langan Engineering & Environmental Services, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Rutgers the State University of New Jersey, and Sills Cummis & Gross P.C.
The evening also included the induction of James Hughes, dean emeritus at Rutgers’ Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, into the NAIOP NJ Hall of Fame.
One of NAIOP NJ’s largest events of the year, the President’s Awards was canceled in 2020 due to pandemic restrictions. The association expects to continue the transition to in-person events during the next several months. This includes the 34th Annual Commercial Real Estate Awards Gala, which will be held on Thursday, October 7, 2021 at The Palace at Somerset Park in Somerset, N.J.
Photo Caption: Pictured at NAIOP New Jersey’s 2021 President’s Awards Reception are (back, l-r): Ryan Sanzari (Alfred Sanzari Enterprises), Sam Ruda (Port Authority of NY & NJ), Gus Milano (Hartz Mountain Industries), Kelly McCormick (Langan Engineering & Environmental Services), Morris Davis (Rutgers University), Jeff Hipschman (CBRE); front (l-r): Andrew Robins (Sills Cummis & Gross P.C.), Dave Gibbons and Anne Evans Estabrook (Elberon Development Group) and Dr. James Hughes (Rutgers University).
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