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Kislak Real Estate Institute

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

2018 Eric Dinenberg
Executive Vice President
Development, Construction and Operations
Rouse Properties
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 Guadagno
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!