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  • Monmouth University’s
    Leadership Excellence Award Dinner

    About the Awards

    The Leadership Excellence Award recognizes the interdependent relationship between Monmouth University and the real estate industry. The award is conferred annually upon an outstanding individual for his or her distinctive contributions to the state of New Jersey and the nation through a career in real estate.

    The Service to the Industry 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.

    Past Honorees

    2017 Prologis

    Michael G. McGuinness
    Chief Executive Officer
    NAIOP New Jersey

    Carol Ann Short, Esq.
    Chief Executive Officer
    NJ Builders Association

    2016 Jan Kokes
    The Kokes Organization

    Kim Guagdano
    Lieutenant Governor, State of New Jersey

    2015 Murray Kushner and The KRE Group

    James W. Hughes, Ph.D.
    Dean, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy
    Rutgers University

    2014 Ronald S. Ladell
    Senior Vice President
    AvalonBay Communities

    Caren Franzini
    Franzini Consulting, LLC

    2013 Joseph Macnow
    Executive Vice President &
    Chief Financial Officer
    Vornado Realty Trust

    Donald M. Moliver, Ph.D., CRE, MAI
    Dean, Leon Hess Business School
    Pozycki Professor of Real Estate
    Monmouth University

    2012 Joseph S. Taylor
    President & CEO
    Matrix Development Group

    Ted Zangari, Esq.
    Chair, Redevelopment Law and Public Policy Practice Groups
    Sills Cummis & Gross, PC

    2011 Jay I. Kislak
    The Kislak Organization
    2010 John A. Giunco, Esq.
    Chairman, Real Estate, Land Use & Development
    Giordano, Halleran & Ciesla, PC

    Peter S. Reinhart, Esq.
    Senior Vice President & General Counsel
    Hovnanian Enterprises, Inc.

    2009 Peter G. Riguardi
    President, New York Region
    Jones Lang LaSalle
    2008 Carl J. Goldberg
    Managing Partner
    Roseland Property Company
    2007 Charles F. Lowrey
    Chief Executive Officer
    Prudential Real Estate Investors
    2006 Emanuel Stern
    Chief Operating Officer
    Hartz Mountain Industries, Inc.
    2005 Ara Hovnanian
    President and CEO
    Hovnanian Enterprises, Inc.
    2004 Patrick Murphy
    Executive Managing Director
    NY Tri-State Suburban Markets
    CB Richard Ellis
    2003 John A. Somers
    Executive Vice President
    TIAA Investments
    2002 Mitchell E. Hersh
    Chief Executive Officer
    Mack-Cali Realty Corporation
    2001 Stephen B. Siegel HN'03
    Global Chairman
    Brokerage Services
    CB Richard Ellis
    2000 Alan B. Landis
    The Landis Group
    1999 Charles Klatskin
    Chairman & CEO
    1998 Benedict J. Torcivia, Sr.
    Chairman & CEO
    Torcon, Inc.
    1997 Anne Evans Estabrook
    Elberon Development Co.
    1996 Steven J. Pozycki ’73
    Chairman & CEO
    SJP Properties
    1995 Kevork S. Hovnanian
    Chairman & CEO
    K. Hovnanian Enterprises, Inc.
    1994 Arthur M. Greenbaum, Esq., HN ’96
    Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith, Ravin, Davis & Himmel, LLC

    The Kislak Real Estate Institute at Monmouth University was established in order to meet the educational needs of the real estate industry in a university setting. Students can obtain a Bachelor of Science in Business with a concentration in real estate. Graduate students can obtain a Master’s in Business Administration with a concentration in real estate. It is the only such program offered at any New Jersey college or university. The Kislak Real Estate Institute also provides a learning opportunity for real estate industry professionals to continue their education through the Real Estate Certificate program. A number of scholarship funds have been endowed and are available to real estate students.

    In the continuing evolution of the Kislak Real Estate Institute, additional course offerings are being planned and research in topics of interest and value to the real estate industry are being evaluated.

    One of the founding principles of the Kislak Real Estate Institute was to create a locus that brings together the wide range of organizations that share a common interest in the real estate field, including commercial and residential developers, financial institutions, architects, insurance companies, property managers, attorneys, planners, appraisers, regulators and others. In addition, other non-profit real estate and land use related organizations have held conferences on campus and links to such organizations are being forged.

    As we celebrate our 24th Leadership Excellence Award reception we look back at the past two decades as testimony to the vision, dedication, and support that the real estate community has provided to the Real Estate Institute. We gratefully acknowledge your efforts and thank you for your commitment to Monmouth University.

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    Thank you for your continued support!