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Monmouth University Kislak Real Estate Institute will host its 19th annual Leadership Excellence Award Dinner on Thursday, May 31 in historic Wilson Hall.  The dinner is one of the premier networking events in the state of New Jersey.

Joseph S. Taylor, president & CEO of Matrix Development Group, will receive 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, will receive the Institute’s first Service to the Industry Award.

Mr. Taylor formed Matrix Development Group in 1981 at the age of twenty-four.  He is responsible for growing Matrix from its initial 2,000 acre Exit 8A investment in New Jersey into one of the most successful full-service real estate investment companies in the industry operating throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York.  Over the years, the company has developed more than 20 million square feet of commercial, industrial, and residential properties.  Mr. Taylor has received countless awards and recognition for its leadership in the industry, charitable efforts as well as its leading business practices.

A business attorney specializing in commercial real estate transactions, Mr. Zangari is being recognized by the Institute for his leadership of the Smart Growth Economic Development Coalition. The Coalition is comprised of more than two dozen statewide trade associations that has been responsible for many of the pro-business legislative and regulatory initiatives of the past several years.  He serves in various roles within the NJ Builders Association, NJ-NAIOP, NJ Mixed-Use Developers, and the International Council of Shopping Centers for whom he has the honor of serving as its North American Chair of State & Provincial Government Relations.  Mr. Zangari has been named one of the Top 10 Power Players in the Garden State by Real Estate New Jersey magazine and over the last decade NJBiz weekly has included him in its “Power 100” list of the state’s business leaders and its “Power 50” list of the state’s real estate professionals.

The primary goal of the Kislak Real Estate Institute is to provide quality, value added real estate education on the graduate, undergraduate and certificate level.

Tickets are $350, with sponsorship opportunities available.  For more information, call 732-571-4412 or visit

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