Monmouth University Kislak Real Estate Institute hosted its 19th annual Leadership Excellence Award Dinner on Thursday, May 31 in historic Wilson Hall.

Joseph S. Taylor, president & CEO of Matrix Development Group, received the prestigious Leadership Excellence Award and Ted Zangari, Esq., chair of the Redevelopment Law & Public Policy Practice Groups at the Sills Cummis & Gross law firm, received the Institute’s first Service to the Industry Award.

Director of the Kislak Real Estate Institute Peter S. Reinhart, Esq., stated: “We are so pleased to add Joe Taylor and Matrix Development Group to our distinguished list of Leadership Excellence Award recipients. Joe has been a leader of one of New Jersey’s prominent real estate developers for decades and is truly worthy of this honor. Ted Zangari has done so much to benefit the real estate industry through his leadership in founding and leading the Smart Growth Development Coalition over the past five years. The Coalition has helped not only the real estate industry but the overall economic well-being of the state of New Jersey through its promotion of sensible balanced legislation. Monmouth University and the Kislak Real Estate Institute are proud to honor these fine leaders.”

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