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Monmouth U. Kislak Real Estate Institute Honors Ronald S. Ladell and Caren Franzini at Awards Dinner

Monmouth University Kislak Real Estate Institute (KREI) hosted its 21st annual Leadership Excellence Award Dinner on Thursday, May 29, in historic Wilson Hall. More than 500 real estate executives and professionals attended the event.

Ronald S. Ladell, senior vice president of development for New Jersey at AvalonBay Communities, Inc., received the prestigious Leadership Excellence Award and Caren Franzini, president of Franzini Consulting, LLC, received the Service to the Industry Award for her years of service as CEO of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA).

“We are so pleased to have Ron Ladell and Caren Franzini as our honorees this year. They continue the wonderful tradition of recognizing true leaders in the real estate industry while providing financial support for our students and programs. The annual dinner in late May in the historic and beautiful Wilson Hall is the best networking event of the year for the leaders in the real estate field,” said Peter S. Reinhart, Esq., director of KREI.

Ladell joined a distinguished group of past recipients of the Leadership Excellence Award at the dinner including Steven J. Pozycki, founder, chair and CEO of SJP Properties; Mitchell E. Hersh, president and CEO of Mack-Cali Realty Corporation; John A. Giunco, Esq., Giordano, Halleran & Ciesla, P.C.; and Anne Evans Estabrook, chief executive and owner of Elberon Development Co.

“It is a tremendous honor to receive the Leader Excellence Award from the Kislak Real Estate Institute,” said Ladell. “It is very special to me due to my genuine interest, albeit passion, in working with and teaching students.”

Franzini becomes the third recipient of the Service to the Industry Award following Ted Zangari, Esq., attorney at Sills Cummis & Gross P.C., and Donald Moliver, dean of the Leon Hess Business School at Monmouth University.

Franzini quoted poet Maya Angelou during her acceptance speech, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” She thanked the audience for making her feel special that evening.

During the ceremony, the Arthur and Dorothy Greenbaum Mark of Distinction Award was presented to Kenneth R. (Ken) Orchard, president of TriState Capital’s New Jersey Operation; Monmouth University trustee Alfred J. Schiavetti, Jr., managing member of Rumson Capital Partners LLC and of Navesink Associates LLC; and Seena Stein, founding partner of Newmark Knight Frank’s New Jersey office. The Greenbaum award is given to individuals whose selfless contributions have enabled the KREI to grow in stature, size and reputation.

KREI was established so that the University could play a more active role in the economic and educational development of the State of New Jersey. A key objective of the KREI is to bring real estate together with its allied industries and professions. KREI is the only program in New Jersey that offers a B.S. and M.B.A. in Real Estate. The curriculum prepares graduates to step into the real estate profession immediately. In addition, KREI’s Certificate Program offers sophisticated education classes for real estate industry professionals to enhance their expertise.

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