Founded in 1970, NAIOP New Jersey 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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FACTS 2020: NAIOP New Jersey

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The New Jersey Chapter of NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, serves as the leading commercial real estate, land use and economic development resource in the Garden State. As such, it impacts hundreds of thousands of people, from those who work in the construction jobs that are created with the development of new projects, to the tenants and employees who work in commercial buildings after their completion.

NAIOP New Jersey has evolved over nearly five decades as commercial real estate’s voice. Statewide – the association is viewed as an integral partner in the creation and maintenance of the economic health of New Jersey. For real estate professionals, its membership is unmatched by any other commercial real estate organization and provides invaluable tools for networking, advocacy, news and education.


The membership of NAIOP New Jersey reads like a “Who’s Who” in New Jersey commercial real estate. Today, over 850 principal, associate and student members comprise this dynamic group. They contribute hundreds of millions of dollars annually in local and state property taxes, and are committed to creating an atmosphere of growth and opportunity by attracting new jobs for the state’s business community and producing valuable ratables that help provide community services.

NAIOP New Jersey is committed to an inclusive membership and works to expand its reach, both geographically and among the various commercial real estate sectors, to create a representative profile of the industry in New Jersey – from privately held developers and owners, to asset managers, REITs, pension funds and other investors, and an array of real estate-related professionals and public officials.

Continuing Education

NAIOP New Jersey is deeply involved in the issues affecting the commercial real estate industry. The chapter works to educate its members and key decision makers in the state. This is accomplished through the Annual Commercial Real Estate Outlook, published position articles, frequent programs featuring expert speakers from within and outside the NAIOP organization, the Developing Leaders program for members under the age of 35, and other avenues. Opportunities for industry professionals (licensed real estate brokers, architects, attorneys) to earn the continuing education credits required to maintain their credentials are offered throughout the year. NAIOP New Jersey also contributes funding for studies by such prestigious institutions as the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University.

Public Policy

From pressing issues on regulatory reform and business retention, to redevelopment and port logistics, NAIOP New Jersey has earned a solid reputation as a valuable resource for members and decision makers in Trenton. In March, the Annual Public Policy Symposium brings together members with elected leaders and other policy makers from all levels of government. The chapter’s proactive approach to lobbying on a wide range of public policy issues has earned it this leadership role – and has also contributed directly to a more balanced approach to development in New Jersey.

NAIOP NJ is a founder of the Smart Growth Economic Development Coalition (comprised of real estate, business and labor leaders), which crafts and advocates for carefully constructed legislative initiatives designed to stimulate economic growth and create jobs. As such, NAIOP New Jersey has been a driving force behind such innovative and effective initiatives as the Economic Opportunity Act of 2013 (EO13) and Grow New Jersey incentive programs.

Signature Events

  • NAIOP New Jersey’s annual Commercial Real Estate Awards Gala has earned recognition throughout industry circles as the “must” event of the year for power networking and getting deals done. The 32nd Annual Gala will be held on May 16, 2019 at the Palace at Somerset Park.
  • NAIOP New Jersey’s Golf Classic is another popular annual event that regularly sells out early. Registration is limited, providing a more intimate networking opportunity. The 2019 outing will be held on September 16.
  • NAIOP New Jersey’s annual Community Action Project works to rejuvenate urban communities where NAIOP New Jersey members are active. To celebrate its 10th year supporting the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, NAIOP New Jersey launched a 1 Million Meals for NJ fundraising campaign in November 2018. The initiative has raised in excess of $333,333 to provide 1 million meals for the state’s food insecure.
  • Other key events include the Annual Meeting and Commercial Real Estate Outlook, which was held on January 27 2020 at the Short Hills Hilton; and the President’s Awards & Hall of Fame Dinner, which is scheduled for November 2, 2020.


Michael McGuinness, Chief Executive Officer, has guided the organization’s progress and fueled its momentum since he joined the staff in 1997. In addition to overseeing the chapter’s staff, daily operations and programs, McGuinness directs its legislative activities and manages the Developers Political Action Committee (DPAC). McGuinness frequently testifies before New Jersey legislative committees on matters of importance to the industrial and commercial development industry.

His efforts are supported by a Board of Trustees and a group of dedicated officers. For 2019, the officers are:

  • Gene Preston, President (Dermody Properties)
  • Gus Milano, President-Elect & Vice President Public Affairs (Hartz Mountain Industries)
  • Sam Morreale, Vice President Special Events (Vision Real Estate Partners)
  • Matt Schlindwein, Vice President Education (Greek Development)
  • Mark Shearer, Vice President Membership and Communications (Rockefeller Group)
  • Richard Burrow, Vice President Associate Affairs (Langan Engineering and Environmental Services)
  • Stacey Weinberg Kierman, Treasurer/Secretary (Federal Business Centers)


NAIOP New Jersey stands out not only in New Jersey, but also within the larger NAIOP national organization, which has 52 chapters and more than 19,000 members throughout North America.

  • In 2004 and 2011, NAIOP New Jersey was honored as “Chapter of the Year.” The association also has received Chapter Merit Awards for “Best Periodical Publication” for The WeekEnder Brief, “Best Public Affairs/Legislative Program” for Prescription for Prosperity, and “Best Sponsorship Program” for the Master Sponsors Program.
  • In 2004, CEO Michael McGuinness was honored as “Executive of the Year,” and in June 2017 he received the Service to the Industry Award from The Kislak Real Estate Institute at Monmouth University. This award is given occasionally to an individual or organization who has provided exceptional service and support in advocacy, education or other services to the real estate industry.

On The Web

For more information and media resources, please visit NAIOP NJ also has LinkedIn and Facebook pages, and Twitter and Instagram accounts (@naiopnj).



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