Founded in 1986, the New Jersey Apartment Association (NJAA) is the recognized voice of the state’s multi-family housing industry and is committed to advancing the welfare of the apartment-rental industry in New Jersey, where more than one-third of all residents choose to rent their home.

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New Jersey Apartment Association (NJAA)

104 Interchange Plaza, Suite 201

Monroe Twp, NJ 08831

FACTS 2014


Founded in 1986, the New Jersey Apartment Association (NJAA) is the recognized voice of the state’s multi-family housing industry and is committed to advancing the welfare of the apartment-rental industry in New Jersey, where more than one-third of all residents choose to rent their home.

Established as a 501(c) (6) non-profit trade organization, the NJAA’s diverse membership is comprised of owners, managers, builders, and developers of market-rate, affordable, military, student and senior housing, as well as the suppliers and professional service providers who support the multi-family rental industry. Multi-family rental housing supports more than 44,000 jobs and provides housing to more than one million families. NJAA’s members are committed to assuring safe, clean and affordable rental homes are available throughout the state’s 565 municipalities, as well as fortifying New Jersey’s multi-family housing stock for future generations.

The Association serves members’ interests on a national level through its affiliation with the National Apartment Association (NAA) and also the National Apartment Association/National Multi-Housing Council Joint Legislative Committee. NJAA is a member of the State Chamber of Commerce, New Jersey Business and Industry Association, the Smart Growth Economic Development Coalition and Platform for Progress (NJ Chamber).


NJAA members own and manage nearly 190,000 rental apartments spanning every county in New Jersey. The organization’s growth in recent years is directly linked to its advocacy, education and commitment to elevating the benchmarks for quality rental housing. Membership is at an all-time high of 667 member companies and 1,400 properties, with 109 new member companies and 12,848 units in 2013. NJAA membership consists of more than 5,800 multi-family professionals, including property owners, managers, builders, developers, property staff, attorneys, planners, engineers, architects, carpenters, roofers, plumbers, equipment installers and other industry-related service providers.

Continuing Education

NJAA is a leading provider of educational programs and events open to members and non-members alike. The professional development programs created by NJAA are designed to elevate the skills and knowledge of apartment industry professionals. The association provides a wealth of topics, offering tools and resources to help navigate evolving local, state and federal housing mandates. Regularly scheduled Continuing Education Credit (CEC) seminars focus on topics such as maintenance, leasing, fair housing, environmental issues and management.

NJAA also provides the opportunity for apartment industry professionals to earn designations and certifications through the National Apartment Association. Programs include Certified Apartment Manager (CAM), Certificate for Apartment Maintenance Technician (CAMT), National Apartment Leasing Professional (NALP), Certified Apartment Portfolio Supervisor (CAPS) and Certified Apartment Supplier (CAS).


NJAA is committed to advancing legislative, regulatory and policy priorities in Trenton, and is the only statewide trade association representing all aspects of the multi-family industry at the State House. The organization supports common sense, non-partisan solutions to enhance the affordability, availability, viability, and sustainability of multi-family rental housing in New Jersey.

The organization, in collaboration with its in-house government affairs professionals, has identified more than 1,500 individual legislative initiatives in the 2012-2013 Legislative Session impacting rental housing and warranting attention. Topics include rent control, energy efficiency, COAH reform, federal flood maps, post-Hurricane Sandy policymaking, land use and planning, economic development and job creation.

Community Outreach

NJAA’s mission to give back to the cities and towns in which members’ rental communities are located is achieved through its Charitable Fund. Members donate their time and contribute financial resources to community outreach initiatives, hosting office and community toy drives to benefit hundreds of children attending its annual holiday party; providing $20,000 in scholarships to residents of NJAA properties and employees of member companies; and other year-round efforts demonstrating NJAA’s dedication to making life better for all New Jerseyans.

Signature Events

  • NJAA Annual Conference – NJAA’s flagship event in May draws an average of more than 1,500 visitors and 250 exhibitors for learning and networking. The three-day conference includes continuing education/certification programs and an expo, with experts to address issues and trends impacting the multi-family housing industry.
  • Garden State Awards of Excellence – Nominations are open to all NJAA members, with awards that showcase industry excellence in more than 50 categories including company and individual achievements in management, aesthetics and green building, new construction and retrofits, as well as accomplishments in various associate categories.
  • Maintenance Mania – A lively event for maintenance professionals, NJAA member communities’ maintenance technicians compete for the championship title locally and the chance to go to the NAA’s national competition. Skill tests involve water heater installation, faucet installation, fire and carbon monoxide safety installation and among others, a conservation race car competition.


Jean Maddalon, Executive Director, oversees NJAA’s daily operations and member activities. She supervises the association’s staff members, budgets, governmental affairs, communications, research, committees, programs and special events. She also serves as a member of the Executive Committee, Board of Directors and is the National Apartment Association affiliate contact.

William Dailey, President, is a 20+-year apartment industry veteran elected by NJAA’s membership to advance the association’s mission through vision and focus during his two-year term, from 2014-2016. An active NJAA member for more than 20 years, he has served in various roles, including a member of the Board of Directors; Executive Board; Legislative Co-Chair; NJAA Vice President/South, Central and North Jersey; and Public Relations Committee. He also holds the position of NAA’s Vice President for Region #2. Dailey is President of CIS Management, Inc., based in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, whose portfolio encompasses 3,000 apartment-rental units valued in excess of $350 million. Community Investment Strategies (CIS), Inc. is a fully integrated real estate organization specializing in affordable multi-family housing, including 55+, senior housing and mixed-use redevelopments, as well as market-rate housing.

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