Founding members of the Center for Real Estate will continue leadership roles.

Industry leaders committed to growing Center for Real Estate

The Center for Real Estate at the Rutgers Business School, an academic program positioned to inspire the next generation of real estate leaders, is pleased to announce the roster of its 2017 advisory board and its emerging leaders’ council.

The founding members of the executive committee signed up for the third straight year, demonstrating their commitment to building the Center for Real Estate. The majority of the advisory board members have been with the center since its inception and seven are new this year. Members of the emerging leaders’ council were nominated by the center’s advisory board based on their impressive careers and contributions to the real estate industry and leadership capabilities. The engagement of members of the advisory board and emerging leaders’ council continues to enhance the center’s efforts in mentoring, research, curriculum, scholarships as well as conferences and events.

"Having an engaged advisory board and emerging leaders council of the best and the brightest in commercial real estate allows us to develop cutting edge curriculum, provide internships and job opportunities for students in the program, and create relevant conferences and events,” said Carl Goldberg of Canoe Brook Management LLC, who has served as co-chair of the center’s executive committee since its inception. "It is their status within the industry that complements the center as we advance to the top real estate program in the country."

Jimmy Hanson of The Hampshire Companies, also a co-chair of the executive committee, said the center has been able to accomplish so much in the past three years, thanks to the commitment of the advisory board and the members of the emerging leaders’ council.

"Many of them have committed their time to work on the scholarship committee to assess the students with the merit and need for their support," Hanson said. "A host of them have been mentors to the students, providing career guidance and insights. Thanks to their commitment, the Center for Real Estate at the Rutgers Business School has the potential to graduate students that can vie for any job in the industry and be successful."

"Having an engaged advisory board and emerging leaders council of the best and the brightest in commercial real estate allows us to develop cutting edge curriculum, provide internships and job opportunities for students in the program, and create relevant conferences and events.” - Carl Goldberg, co-chair of the Center for Real Estate's executive committee.

Executive Committee Members:

Lynn de Castro, executive director, PGIM Real Estate

Carl Goldberg, executive committee co-chair; CEO, Canoe Brook Management, LLC

James E. Hanson, II, executive committee co-chair; president and CEO, The Hampshire Companies

George Jacobs, CEO, Jacobs Enterprises, Inc.

Ronald Ladell, senior vice president, AvalonBay Communities, Inc.

Gil Medina, executive vice president, CBRE

Christopher Paladino, president, New Brunswick Development Corp.

Paul V. Profeta, CEO, Paul V. Profeta and Associates

Debra Tantleff, founding principal, Tantum Real Estate

Brett Tanzman, senior vice president, Garden Homes

Ted Zangari, member, Sills Cummis & Gross P.C.

2017 Advisory Board Members:

Arcelio Aponte, vice chancellor, Rutgers University-Newark

Joseph P. Baumann, Jr., member and chairman, McManimon, Scotland, & Baumann, LLC

David Bernhaut, vice chairman, Capital Markets, Cushman & Wakefield

Marc Berson, chairman, Fidelco Group

Kimberly Brennan, COO, Colliers International N.Y.

Gary Buechler, president, Michaels Development Company

Monica Casiello, director of Marketing & Business Development, US Title Solutions LLC

Stephen Cassidy, president, Denholtz Associates

Ray Cirz, chairman of the board; senior managing director, Integra Realty Resources, New York

Stanley Danzig, executive vice president, brokerage services, Cushman & Wakefield

Robert Donnelly, senior executive vice chairman, brokerage, Cushman & Wakefield

Martin Dowd, partner, McCarter & English

Jack Fersko, partner, co-chair, real estate development, Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP

Mitchell Frumkin, president, founder, Kipcon Engineering

Jeffrey Garibaldi, president, The Garibaldi Group

Meryl Gonchar, member, Sills Cummis & Gross P.C.

Frank Greek, president, F. Greek Development

William “Bill” C. Hanson, president, NAI James E. Hanson

Kevin Higgins, real estate portfolio manager, N.J. Department of the Treasury

Anthony Ianuale, COO and CFO, Dresdner Robin Environmental Management, Inc.

John Inglesino, managing partner, Inglesino, Webster, Wyciskala, & Taylor, LLC

Christopher Johnson, CEO and founder, Hollister Construction Services

Sonny Jumani, president, Tulfra Realty

Robert A. Klausner, partner, Fox Rothschild, LLP

Robert Kossar, executive managing director, Jones Lang LaSalle

Jonathan Kushner, president, The KRE Group

Steven Lang, president/CEO, Dancker

Timothy J. Lizura, president and CEO, N.J. Economic Development Authority

Anthony Marchetta, executive director, N.J. Housing & Mortgage Finance Agency

Jeffrey J. Milanaik, principal, Bridge Development Partners, LLC

Allison Nagelberg, general counsel, Monmouth Real Estate Investment Corp.

Michael Novak, president, Atlantic Environmental Solutions, Inc.

Jason Pierson, president, Pierson Commercial Real Estate

James Postell, partner, city leader, Transwestern Commercial Services

Jeffrey R. Rich, partner, Genova Burns

Kevin J. Riordan, executive director, Rutgers Center for Real Estate

Lloyd Rosenberg, president and CEO, DMR Architects

Edward Russo, CEO, Russo Development

Edward San George, president, Integra Management Corp.

Walter Sierotko, executive vice president, Commercial Real Estate Director, Provident Bank

Sefi Silverstein, shareholder, Wilkin & Guttenplan P.C.

Brett W. Skapinetz, director, Dynamic Engineering

Richard Spengler, executive vice president and chief lending officer, Investors Bank

Richard J. Steele, regional manager, commercial real estate, M&T Bank

Edward Walsh, principal and managing director, project management services, Avison Young

Kevin Welsh, executive managing director, Newmark Knight Frank

Gretchen Wilcox, president, CEO and founder, G.S. Wilcox & Co.

Sue Yannacone, president and CEO, ERA Franchise Systems, LLC

Ralph Zucker, president, Somerset Development

2017 Emerging Leaders Council Members:

Erika Baldino, vice president, Kensington Vanguard

Chris Bellapianta, managing principal, Camber Capital

Katharine Coffey, partner, Day Pitney

Eric Diamond, partner, Eisner Amper

David Donnelly, executive director, Jersey City Redevelopment Agency

Robert Fallone, president, Fallone Group

Jacob Fisher, regional vice president of development-N.J., Pennrose

Devra Goldberg, director of government relations, Canoe Brook Management, LLC

John Goldsmith, portfolio manager, The Hampshire Companies

Sam Higgins, assistant vice president, relationship manager, M&T Bank

Brian Hosey, regional manager, Marcus & Millichap

Matthew R. Kaplan, executive vice president and general counsel, Fidelco Group

Brian Kelly, assistant vice president, First Bank

Michael Klein, managing director, HFF

Jeff Kolakowski, vice president of government affairs, New Jersey Builders Association

Cecilia Lassiter, associate, Sills Cummis & Gross

Gabriel Lopez, vice president­, J&L Companies

Josh Mann, partner, acquisitions & development, Seaview Capital

David Martinez, vice president, private equity & real estate, BNY Mellon

Brian Nelson, managing partner, Archer Greiner

Ryan Peene, senior vice president of Government Banking & Corporate Development, Sussex Bank

Christian Roche, senior associate, Langan Engineering

Daniel Suckerman, counsel, Lowenstein Sandler

Kim Vierheilig, vice president, LAN Associates

Corey Wescoe, director of acquisitions, Northeast Division, Pulte

Brian Whitmer, senior director of Capital Markets, Cushman & Wakefield

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